Fellwood Phase 1|
110 E. President Street, #300, Savannah, GA 31401
Location: Savannah, Georgia
LEED® for Homes Gold; LEED® Silver Neighborhood Development
Date Bid: May 2008 Construction Period: July 2008 to Aug
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.
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
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
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