Sometimes fitting in while standing out becomes the goal of a building. When we built Apache ASL Trails in Tempe, Arizona, we designed and constructed the exterior to incorporate the popular stucco look commonly used in the Southwest. However, we designed the interior to stand out among other buildings: Apache has design elements that improve Deaf people’s living experience. From strong internet connection for video phone use, lighted doorbells and alarm systems, video phone connection from the apartments to the vestibules for guests, open concept kitchens for improved lines of sight, ASL communication is simpler and amenities help protect our residents who might not always know there could be an emergency in the building. While Apache ASL Trails is designed with Deaf people in mind, many hearing people enjoy these amenities as well.
Green Bay Veterans Manor
The site we built Green Bay Veterans Manor upon sits alongside a wetland. Proper placement of the building on the site began with certified survey maps and architectural sensitivity to the wetland and its inhabitants. At Green Bay Veterans Manor, we successfully created 50 apartments with supportive services alongside our wetland at no risk to the environment.
Veterans Manor Milwaukee
In the Marines they teach recruits to Improvise, Adapt and Overcome, and that is exactly what Cardinal Construction had to do as we built Veterans Manor Milwaukee. Our first supporting housing project for veterans, the site was crucially located very close to the headquarters of The Center for Veterans Issue (CVI), in the gateway to downtown Milwaukee, and what the city called a “catalytic” site on what is the busiest transit corner in all of Milwaukee. The two parcels we combined had been vacant, broken concrete for decades.
Our team was aware that prior petroleum contamination existed under where the building was going to stand and in the parking lot. With monitoring from the Wisconsin DNR, we excavated and properly disposed of contaminated soils. We placed a thicker gas proof membrane on the soil before pouring the parking garage. We also installed an appropriate ventilation system to ensure emissions would not be released into the building. The contamination in the parking lot area was capped per DNR regulations.
The construction and design of Thurgood Marshall allowed us to develop an exceptional and reciprocal relationship with the Halyard Park Neighborhood Association. We worked with the neighborhood to gain design input, incorporated their design modifications to meet residents’ requests and resulted in a building that fit well with the neighborhood and pleased the residents. In fact the neighborhood association was in such support that they attended zoning meetings and publicly praised the design and emphasized how much they wanted the facility built.
This large site presented a number of challenges for us. First, we had to safely demolish an old building that contained asbestos. As is our standard protocol, we hired certified asbestos removal contractors and had them safely remove the material before we brought demolition contractors on site. This practice protects both contractors and residents in the neighborhood. Our next challenge was the low elevation nature of the site. We brought in many loads of clean fill and compacted it in order to better support both the building and the parking lot. Nonetheless, our construction team completed this project on time and within budget to produce the perfect apartment building for the site.