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Join h+uo at AIA Summer Conference

Posted in Company News by Kristie
August 2, 2017

 

Please join us by attending a presentation to be given by Tom Hatch, FAIA and Kristina Olivent, AIA of h+uo architects, along with co-presenters Shelly Murray of Austin Energy and Bungane Mehlomakulu of Integral Group.  The AIA Summer Conference presentation will be on Thursday, August 3rd at 3:00pm at the Norris Conference Center in Austin.

 

 

The one hour presentation will explore Foundation Communities’ Lakeline Station Learning Center which is slated to achieve Living Building Challenge Petal Certification and participated in the Austin Energy Green Building rating as well as their new Integrated Modeling Incentive.  The project team will discuss the Living Building Challenge and how incorporating early energy modeling, progressive utility programs, and rigorous performance imperatives produced a sustainable space that regenerates lives.

 

 

You can visit the AIA Austin Summer Conference website to register!

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New York Times Talks Low Income Housing

Posted in In the Press by Kristie
July 19, 2017

 

A recent story on the front page of the New York Times featured Houston, Texas speaks about how cities decide where affordable housing  SHOULD  go.  It discussed the role of government subsidized housing, neighborhood groups, and politicians have in maintaining our country’s tragic racial and social divides.

 

For h+uo architects this topic hits close to home. Partner, Tom Hatch, has worked closely with John Henneberger and Karen Paup since the late 70’s. The founders of Texas Low Income Housing Information Service (TLIHIS), John and Karen have helped organize most inner-city neighborhoods in Austin and the Valley in the interest of helping local groups find their political strength to create housing for the working poor and those less fortunate.

 

With commonalities to projects Karen, John, and Tom have encountered in the Valley, Houston is facing a great debate on how low income housing effects surrounding areas and if the outcome is as negative as predicted. In h+uo’s experience these well managed housing communities have no negative effect, including not lowering property values.  Houston has a bad habit of supporting affordable housing in very problematic and sometimes poisonous parts of the city, where no one else wants to live.

 

Lakeline Station

 

Two of our more recent known low income projects in Austin are Lakeline Station and Homestead Oaks. Working closely with Foundation Communities, these two projects exemplify what can be done in great neighborhoods where good schools, public transportation, and work opportunities exist for all.  In addition to the family based communities, Foundation Communities includes Learning Centers that provide the best after school activities that nourish the minds and the health of all area children while helping parents whose work schedules do not coincide with school hours.

 

 

Homestead Oaks

 

So, while neighborhood groups in many cities such as Houston are fighting against the Low Income Housing movement, h+uo continues to bat for its growth. Creating needed quality affordable housing in all parts of cities is where our hearts are.

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Conference of the Association for Community Design

Posted in Awards by Kristie
June 15, 2017

One of h+uo’s project architects, Kristina Olivent, AIA, is going to be a presenter at the 40th Annual Conference of the Association for Community Design taking place in Dallas, Texas from June 22-25.

The conference is made up of a series of presentations, workshops, participatory and/or advocacy events, tours and networking opportunities which seek to further the practice and awareness of community-engaged design.

As defined by ACD, community-engaged design is “a movement focused on the creation and management of environments for people. This process promotes change to the built environment from the neighborhood to regional scale, and aims to meet community needs through participatory decision-making at all levels.”

Kristina Olivent, AIA is a co-chair of AIA Austin’s DesignVoice committee. Along with fellow committee members, she will be presenting case studies, tools for success, and lessons learned from DesignVoice’s current community-engaged design projects. These projects will be the Mi Jardin Bus Stop Shelter, which was a design competition DesignVoice held in partnership with Austin’s transportation authority, CapMetro, to provide a placemaking neighborhood landmark in an underserved part of the city.  A second project to be featured will be the Tiny Victories competition DesignVoice hosted to provide designs for micro-homes for the chronically homeless in partnership with Community First! Village.

h+uo encourages you to consider attending this conference that will offer inspiring ideas for fostering community design and enriching our shared daily experience. You can register by clicking the link below.

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Opening Of Lakeline Station Apartments

Posted in Project Photos by Kristie
April 28, 2017

 

We are honored to have been the architects for the Lakeline Station Apartments, which just celebrated its Grand Opening on April 19th. Thanks to this new living community, families who have struggled to find affordable housing in Austin now have a safe, beautiful, and supportive place to call home.

 

 

 

With all 128 units fully leased, Lakeline Station is off to a successful start! This affordable housing development was built with sustainable green building practices in mind, particularly at the on-site Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Learning Center. The Learning Center will be the first “net zero” commercial building in Austin, ultimately producing more energy than it consumes.  Additionally, surrounding the building are metal cisterns which store rainwater harvested from the roof and a landscape which includes edible plants such as a loquat grove, sunflowers, and veggies planted in raised gardening beds for the children.

 

 

 

In keeping with the inspired mission of our client, Foundation Communities, the space will host after-school and summer learning programs for children as  well as “English as a second language” classes. For adults, the Learning Center will also provide financial coaching, exercise and nutrition classes, and help with health insurance enrollment.

 

 

To learn more about Lakeline Station Apartments, visit Foundation Communities’ website.

 

Our project team included the following collaborators:

Contractor:  B.E.C. Austin General Contractors

Landscape Architecture:  Studio Balcones

MEP Engineering:  Aptus Engineering

Structural Engineering:  Integrity Structural

Civil Engineering:  Civilitude Engineers & Planners

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h+uo Home Rebuild

Posted in Project Photos by Kristie
March 2, 2017
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As more and more people continue to re-locate to Austin, we are seeing a steady increase in the number of residential projects we are doing here at h+uo. This includes everything from single-family homes, ADU’s, duplexes, whole-house remodels, and additions. We expect this trend to continue as U.S. News and World Report recently named Austin the best place to live in America.

 

 

 

 

Here is one of our latest residential projects to be completed.  Located in the revitalized Chestnut Neighborhood on the east side of town, this speculative home sold in just a few weeks.   To see more of our featured residential projects, please visit our website HERE.

 

 

 

 

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