Jonathan Rose Companies
Silver Gardens Mixed-Income Apartments
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Silver Gardens is a 121 unit mixed-income affordable housing rental development that is providing new, much needed low-cost housing options to residents of downtown Albuquerque. Silver Gardens is a key ingredient of the master plan created by Jonathan Rose Companies’ southwest affiliate Romero Rose for the redevelopment of two and one-half vacant city blocks across from Albuquerque's newly renovated Alvarado Transportation Center. Silver Gardens will be complemented by three other components of this development plan: Elements, a for-sale townhome cluster, Casitas de Colores, a mixed-income affordable housing rental development designed for families with children, and Green Commons, a green commercial development.

Silver Gardens serves the widest tenant income mix possible, ranging from market-rate to very-low-income and previously homeless tenants. Romero Rose has joined forces with a non-profit social services coordinator, the Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico, as co-developer and co-owner of the project.

Silver Gardens' award-winning design features a four-story U-shaped building that wraps around a 15,011 square foot courtyard offering native drought tolerant landscaping and a contemplative element designed by a Native American artist.

Silver Gardens’ green features include rooftop rainwater collection to underground cisterns for irrigating the landscaping, two solar photovoltaic systems constructed on both the TPO roof and parking garage carport, and two roof-mounted wind turbines will supplement the buildings environmentally responsible energy efficiency program and provide electricity to the common areas. Silver Gardens has achieved LEED® Platinum certification, and has met Enterprise Green Community and EPA Energy Star criteria. Silver Gardens is also the first affordable housing project in the U.S. to conduct a carbon offset transaction with the Enterprise Green Communities Offset Fund, earning income for over 1000 tons of averted C02 emissions



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Firm Role
Co-Developer with the Supportive Housing Coalition of NM

Project Profile
New construction of 4-story, mixed income, green affordable housing rental development

Project Team
Architect: Claudio Vigil Architects nof Albuquerque and Oz Architecture of Denver

Urban Planner: Calthorpe Associates

Contractor: Gerald Martin

Total Project Size / Budget
103,540 square feet / $21.3 million

Phase I: March 2010
Phase II: December 2011

Selected Awards
US Environmental Protection Agency, National Award for Smart Growth Achievement for Smart Growth and Green Building, 2011

Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award, Green Housing, 2011

The Associated General Contractor’s Best Building Award: Environmental, 2011

Southwest Contractor Project of the Year: Residential, 2010