Project will provide needed housing and services in Hollywood
(Santa Monica, CA – June 18, 2018) KFA, a leading architecture firm based in Santa Monica, CA, is pleased to announce that construction has begun on the KFA-designed 15,400-square-foot Rampart Mint, which will provide 23 units of permanent supportive housing in Hollywood for homeless and chronically homeless individuals with disabilities.
The development is a project of the West Hollywood Community Housing Corp. (WHCHC) in partnership with Affordable Living for the Aging (ALA).
Rampart Mint will house residents who earn less than 30 percent of the area median income. The permanent supportive housing units will be 100 percent reserved for homeless individuals. The project site, a property owned by the City of Los Angeles, is in a diverse, urban neighborhood just west of Downtown L.A. that has a lively mix of commercial and residential areas.
“KFA has long specialized in designing affordable housing throughout the Los Angeles region, and we are very pleased to be a part of another project with WHCHC,” said KFA Partner Lise Bornstein. “In addition to providing new, high quality, affordable urban infill housing with an emphasis on design and sustainability, Rampart Mint will also breathe new energy into an abandoned site that had been underutilized for more than 30 years,” she added.
All units in Rampart Mint will be fully accessible and include kitchenettes and full bathrooms. Residents will receive regular, voluntary, supportive services provided at no charge by ALA, onsite to the full extent possible. Rampart Mint will also include a lobby, a laundry room, a community room, computer area, and social services offices.
The building is targeting a LEED Gold sustainability rating and aiming to exceed Title 24 energy standards by 15 percent. It will have Energy Star appliances, and incorporates drought-tolerant plantings, low-flow plumbing, VOC-free interior paint, and formaldehyde-free wood materials.
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What are KFA founding partners Barbara Flammang, AIA and Wade Killefer, FAIA doing these days?
In 2014, Barbara Flammang, AIA and KFA were selected to be the executive architect for the new Los Angeles LGBT Center located at the corner of Highland and Selma. The Los Angeles LGBT Center campus will serve as the new administrative headquarters for the Center, and include new senior and youth centers, 98 units of affordable housing for seniors, 100 beds for homeless youth, 26 units of permanent supportive housing for young people, ground floor retail space, and two levels of subterranean parking.
The Center has been part of the Los Angeles community since 1969, caring for, championing, and celebrating individuals and families in Southern California and beyond. Today, the Center serves more people in the LGBT community than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services and global advocacy in health, social services and housing, culture and education, leadership and advocacy.
Barbara is the partner-in-charge for the design and construction of the Center’s new Anita May Rosenstein Campus which is slated for completion in spring of 2019.
KFA has been active in designing permanent supportive housing projects in the Greater Los Angeles area since the late 1980s and is currently in design and construction phases for 18 such projects with a projected total of 1,235 residential units. While these efforts represent a significant contribution to housing the homeless in LA, the homeless population continues to grow, and LA City and County officials are looking for further alternatives and solutions.
Wade Killefer, FAIA is currently working on a number of homeless housing initiatives with the City of Los Angeles Department of Health Services. KFA is exploring modular and container-built structures for Recuperative Housing on the County/USC campus. Also on that campus, KFA is looking at repurposing the old General Hospital to provide 726 units of affordable housing. Additionally, empty LA County land could be sites for Wellness Villages, built of prefabricated buildings where homeless individuals could stay in service-rich environments until they can move into Permanent Supportive Housing.
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