Rob Paulus Architect
990 E. 17th Street, Tucson, AZ 85719
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Date Bid: Apr 2005
Construction Period: Aug 2006 to Mar 2007
Total Square Feet: 12,500 Site: 0.86 acres.
Number of Buildings: Three.
Building Size: Building 1 First floor, 4,490; Building 2 first
floor, 3,810; second floor, 4,100; Building 3, first floor, 100; total,
12,500 square feet.
Building Height: Building 1, low end, 9’; Building 1, high end,
14’8”; Building 2, first floor, 8’4”; Building 2, low end, 19’2”’
Building 2, high end, 23’6”; Building 3, 10’4”.
Basic Construction Type: Wood Frame/New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, metal panel over wood frame.
Roof: Metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete, wood.
Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Grenier Engineering, Inc. - 5515 E. 5th
Street, Tucson, AZ 85711
General Contractor: Epstein/Fenton LLC - 4855 N. Shamrock Place,
#109, Tucson, AZ 85705
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: GLHN Architects & Engineers,
Inc. - 2939 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85716
Landscape Architect: Chris Winters + Associates - 820 N. 3rd
Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Silverado Flats provides a sophisticated alternative to the ubiquitous
stucco-box apartment building. The project utilizes an infill site to
create twelve apartments with multiple outdoor spaces, an abundance of
light, and a shared entry court to foster a sense of community.
Program requirements informed two distinct sizes of units: single story
one-bedroom and double story two-bedroom apartments. The concept evolved
into a metal-clad wedge shape, reaching towards the Santa Catalina
Mountains, with the middle chopped out to create the central courtyard
between. Steel trellis structures and frequent trees create rhythmic
interruptions along the processional entry path. Unique fencing
materials surround private yards for each unit while vertical road
culverts become rainwater harvesting tanks. A small laundry room at the
end of the courtyard plays host to an array of photovoltaic cells,
providing a focal point and renewable energy for the site.
The design emphasizes a pared-down aesthetic as a contrast to the
complexity of the outside desert landscape. Exposed concrete floors,
industrial light fixtures, dramatic ceilings and large window openings
create loft-style living space. One-bedrooms feature open, flexible
living spaces and two private patios. Two-bedroom units boast mountain
views and are designed to accommodate either couples or roommates by
providing private lavatories off each bedroom outside the shared bath.
Interior openings allow slivers of light and snapshot views as operable
panels slide past each other, while accent colors highlight the
Sustainable principals influenced every step of the design process.
Careful site planning optimizes allowable density while maintaining open
space. Passive solar orientation and active solar collection use the
intense sun to advantage. Durable, integral color materials were chosen
for both resource conservation and maintenance ease. High-efficiency
insulation keeps units temperate, while abundant patio spaces provide
exterior living space to enjoy. The central location near a through-city
bike path provides viable transportation options. Rainwater harvesting
and native, low water use vegetation provides visible reminders of the
importance of water conservation in the desert climate.
What helped make this project special was the enthusiasm of the client.
They were expressly interested in creating unique, modern spaces with
energy-conscious ideals at the fore. Their involvement in every step of
the project enriched the design process, allowing a pure artistic
expression that provides functional resolution of the needs of the
DIV. 7: Manufactured Roofing & Siding: MBCI.
DIV. 8: Window: International Window Corporation; Entrances:
DIV. 9: Flooring: Tarkett.
DIV. 26: Photovoltaic Collectors: Kyocera KC175 (12); Mounting
Unirac Solar Mount.