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  Liberty Village, Page 43Liberty Village 

Brighton Construction Company, Inc. 
1941 K Street, Lincoln, NE 68510

LOCATION: Lincoln, Nebraska
DATE BID: June 2005
Construction Period: June 2006 to Dec 2006
Total Square Feet: 1,500 
SITE: 1 acre. 
BUILDING SIZE: First floor, 750; second floor, 750; total living area, 1,500; (garage 400; basement, 750), 1,500 living area square feet. 
Building Height: First floor, 8’; second floor, 8’; basement, 8’; floor to floor, 10’; total height, 24’. 
Basic Construction Type: New/Single family V.
Foundation: Cast-in-place. 
Exterior Walls: Wood. 
Roof: Asphalt shingles. 
Floors: Concrete, wood. 
Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall.

ARCHITECT: Geoffrey R. Childs - 13900 Chestnut Drive, #315, Eden Praire, MN 55344
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Applied Residential Engineering - 5095 Sudley Road, West River, MD 20778
MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Newport Partners LLC - 3760 Tanglewood Lane, Davidsonville, MD 21035

Brighton Construction Company completed Liberty Village, a one-acre, 20-unit, single-family workforce-housing subdivision located in a historical redevelopment. The project incorporated PATH (Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing) technology, innovative watershed management, and architecture responsive to a diverse, multicultural community.

Requirements of the Redevelopment Agreement with the City of Lincoln included: Owner-occupied houses, historically appropriate 
architecture, energy-efficient construction, and advanced watershed management techniques endorsed by an adjacent Army Corps municipal flood-control improvement plan. 

Distinct cultural groups desired specific architectural preferences. Brighton canvassed the community, determined buyer needs and wants, and applied sometimes-contradictory survey results in the design and construction of Energy Star® certified, two-story, single-family and town homes appealing to an “international” workforce.

All Liberty Village units include a rear-facing garage, served by a pervious concrete alley; the first installation of its kind in a northern climate. The 20-unit project includes 16 single-family homes and four town-house units. Base pricing ranged from $114,500 to $127,500. 

Lincoln, Nebraska is one of ten “Refugee Relocation” sites in the United States and contains an international minority population. Liberty Village buyers included Bangladeshi, Russian, Argentinean, Vietnamese nationals, and hurricane Katrina relocations. 

Floor-plan requirements differed from the standard North American blueprint. Some wanted flat roofs to sleep on; others wanted garage kitchens. All this occurred within a redevelopment area that espoused strict, and very American, Neighborhood Design Standards. 

This presented a unique opportunity to construct homes respectful of a Midwestern vernacular, while satisfying the special architectural desires of a burgeoning multicultural community. The development sold out within six months of beginning construction. Two of the twenty houses feature accessibility for buyers with special needs.

Project Partners
With the National Association of Homebuilders Research Center (NAHBRC), Brighton Construction designed a high-efficiency air-quality package, utilized advanced foundation and framing techniques, and participated in building science research related to building envelopes, resourced efficient foundations and framing, wall cavity wetting and drying characteristics of various weather resistant barriers and water-saving plumbing systems. 

Along with the Concrete and Aggregates Institute, the NAHBRC assisted in the design of a climate-appropriate, pervious-concrete paving for the alley, which allows on-site disposal of storm water, water purification and eliminates the need for snow removal. 

NeighborWorks, Inc. the nonprofit partner and Project Champion NeighborWorks of Lincoln provided pre-purchase and post-purchase training for all buyers and remains as a board member on the home-owner’s association to help facilitate the ongoing success of Liberty Village.

City-of-Lincoln Urban Development Department. Urban Development helped assemble and purchase land, arranged Tax Increment Financing (TIF), and contributed home funds and down payment assistance for buyers.

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