Two multifamily buildings with 49 all affordable units – part of a City of Boston pilot program incorporating LEAN construction processes (in early design phases) in order to streamline the regulatory process.
Planned as the first residential LEAN project for the City of Boston, Walker Park was a pilot program in a larger effort by the Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) to analyze and mitigate the often high costs of developing affordable housing in the state. The LEAN process, incorporated at Walker Park in early design phases, brought key players together at the onset of the project to brainstorm about challenges and opportunities, and how to align project goals with cost and time savings.
PCA worked closely with the contractor, owner/developer Urban Edge, the City of Boston, MHP, Department of Neighborhood Development, Boston Planning and Development Authority, and the Department of Housing and Community Development to expedite the approvals processes. On the design side, creative use was made of standard building materials, creating variation and interest in the façade. Unit sizes were trimmed slightly, counter lengths shortened, and other cost saving options explored ranging from adjustments to the building geometry to the potential elimination of half baths in some units to save significantly more money.
Located on two sites in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, Walker Park offers a total of 49 affordable apartments with onsite parking. 80 Walnut Park incorporates 17 units in four stories, with 2 and 3-bedroom units at the ground floor and access to an adjacent park. 67 Walnut Park, located adjacent to the Egleston Square Library, accommodates 32 units ranging from 1 to 3 bedrooms in a four-story structure.