Development—Albuquerque, New Mexico

Silver Gardens Apartments

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.

Selected Awards

  • Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award, Green Housing
  • The Associated General Contractor's Best Building Award: Environmental
  • US Environmental Protection Agency, National Award for Smart Growth Achievement for Smart Growth and Green Building
  • Southwest Contractor Project of the Year: Residential
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“The value of the entire Silver Gardens project to this community cannot be overstated and almost as important as the desperately-needed housing units it provides is the timing of its construction: at a low-point in building project activity, when the industry in Albuquerque was close to flat-lined, this venture has meant jobs, contracts and an economic spark we deeply appreciate...”

Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino

State of New Mexico

Project Profile

New construction of 4-story, 121-unit mixed income, green affordable housing rental development

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Project Team
Claudio Vigil Architects and Oz Architecture
Urban Planner:
Calthorpe Associates
Gerald Martin
Project Status

Completion: 2011

Total Project Size / Budget
103,540 sq ft
$21.3 million
Total Units
121 Mixed-Income Units
Building Certification
LEED® Platinum Certified