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September 30, 2019

Veranda Opens

John Sheehan

Studio E Architects continues its focus on the design of affordable housing throughout California. Recently opened is The Veranda, a permanent supportive housing project providing nineteen formerly homeless seniors with a home of their own while transforming a blighted site in the heart of Silicon Valley.  This 19-unit new construction development is the first to use funds available through Measure A– a $950 million bond approved by Santa Clara County voters in 2016.

Situated on a mere half-acre parcel, the design team cleverly stacked the 350 sf studios into a three-story sliver of a building that feels at home on the busy Stevens Creek Boulevard. Parking is conveniently but discreetly pushed to the rear of the narrow site maximizing the street front as a sidewalk-friendly shared front porch (aka veranda). Every square foot not taken up by building or parking was carefully planned to provide resident recreation places and stormwater treatment areas. Landscaping is drought tolerant and includes California natives. The rooftop is covered with a solar panel system that offsets 40% of the hot water energy demand. The project received high scores for sustainability under the Green Point rating program. 

We pride ourselves in ensuring that quality design is available to all and as a result, many of our affordable housing projects have received national and local design awards. Veranda was the recent recipient of the Silicon Valley Business Journal's Structures Award for an Affordable Residential Project. Congratulations to Charities Housing and Swenson Construction!

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