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  Sustainable Fellwood Phase 1Sustainable Fellwood Phase 1


Lott+Barber, Inc.
110 E. President Street, #300, Savannah, GA 31401

General Description

Location: Savannah, Georgia
LEED® for Homes Gold; LEED® Silver Neighborhood Development
Date Bid: May 2008 Construction Period: July 2008 to Aug 2009
Total Square Feet: 124,037 Site: 3.66 acres.
Number of Buildings: Eleven.
Building Size: Type A, (5 Buildings) 13,942; Type B (2 Buildings), 11,530; Type C, 11,211; Type D, 4,569; Type E, 10,056; Type CC, 9,317; total, 124,037 square feet.
Building Height: Floor to floor, 9’3”; total, 62’6”.
Basic Construction Type: Wood frame/Type V.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Cement siding, brick. Roof: Asphalt shingles. Floors: Wood. Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall, cellulose insulation. Projected and/or modeled energy usage: KTBU/SF/yr: 23.789 KBTU/SF/YR.

Construction Team

General Contractor: Catamount Constructors, Inc. - 10 Mansell Court, #150, Roswell, GA 30076
Structural Engineer: W. Hunter Saussy III, P.C. - 400E Johnny Mercer Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31410
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Dulohery Weeks - 333 Commercial Drive, Savannah, GA 31406
Civil Engineer: Long Engineering, Inc. - 2550 Heritage Court, #100, Atlanta, GA 30339

Sustainable Fellwood is a redevelopment of Savannah’s first public housing complex into a $50-million mixed-use development. Upon completion, it will include multi-family (220 units), single-family (13 units), senior housing (100 units), live-work, neighborhood retail, office, and commercial uses with an affordability spectrum ranging from public housing to market rate. From the beginning, Sustainable Fellwood has set out to be a model to demonstrate how mixed-use, mixed-finance projects can provide affordable housing, strengthen the community, and provide responsible development.

The 24-acre site is located in the historic, predominately single-family West Savannah neighborhood. Lott + Barber, located in Savannah, Georgia, was responsible for the site master plan, multi-family building design, and visualization. Their design of this infill development respects the surrounding neighborhood through the incorporation of compact blocks connected to the neighborhood, walkable streets, generous sidewalks, and neighborhood retail shops. By providing both the master planning and architectural services, Lott + Barber was able to concurrently adjust site parameters and building design in order to maximize preservation of the 100+ mature trees on site and fit a complex development program onto a compact site. In addition, full-color, photo-realistic renderings created excitement and understanding in the community.

Lott + Barber utilized Building Information Modeling (BIM) for both master planning and building design. BIM creates a parametric, three-dimensional model of the project, which greatly improves understanding and accuracy of the project. Early on, the design team created a basic conceptual master plan of the site, including simple building massing. This concept plan was presented to the community for feedback, fostering excellent input. During building design, the client and community were again able to see the benefits, including the evaluation of exterior finish options which could be quickly and accurately evaluated through the use of BIM.

The custom multi-family buildings were thoughtfully designed for their context, ease of maintenance, and sustainability. Buildings around the periphery of the site do not exceed two stories to maintain appropriate scale with the neighborhood and respect the adjacent 1 to 1 ½ story single-family structures. Buildings gradually increase to 4 stories towards the interior of the development, framing the 4-acre central park. All streets have on-street parking with additional parking provided along the rear or sides of buildings to allow safe and convenient access to residents while maintaining a pedestrian-oriented streetscape.

From the very beginning, sustainability was a common goal for the transformation from isolated public housing to a vibrant neighborhood. The development is certified LEED® – ND (Neighborhood Development) Silver and all 11 buildings in Phase I are certified LEED – H (Homes) Gold. Green building features include enhanced insulation, high efficiency doors and windows, Energy Star® appliances, and low VOC paints and compounds. Demonstrating the effectiveness of the sustainable design, these buildings are also meeting the anticipated 25% reduction in energy use.

As one of four LEED-ND pilot projects in Georgia, Sustainable Fellwood demonstrates that sustainable and affordable are in fact complimentary. In fact, it is those with limited resources who benefit most from the health, social, and fiscal benefits of green buildings and a sustainable community.

Product Information
Cement Siding and Trim: Nichiha
Gypsum: USG Sheetrock Brand Mold Tough (100% recycled)
Roof: CertainTeed CT-20 Asphalt Shingles
Sheet Vinyl: Mannington Carpet: Shaw
Windows: CertainTeed New Castle XT Double Hung Impact Resistant
Gypsum Floor Underlayment: Gyp-Crete® by Maxxon

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