South County Housing
Affordable Townhomes | Flats | Workforce Housing
2007 Best in American Living HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence
2007 Builders Choice Awards
2007 Gold Nugget Awards
The Nuevo Amanecer apartment community is an affordable workforce-housing development built for farm workers in the Salinas Valley. This environmentally-friendly development replaces the derelict housing formerly occupying the site. While being larger than the surrounding buildings, the development integrates well by drawing inspiration from the surrounding agricultural buildings. Simple massing and standard detailing make this building economical and echoes the utilitarian nature of the surrounding farm buildings. Active solar panels offset electricity costs and provide emergency backup for lighting common areas. Energy savings exceed Title 24 by 20 percent. The Center for Community Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley selected Nuevo Amanecer as a finalist for the 2009 I. Donald Terner Prize, a biennale award that recognizes successful and innovative affordable housing projects and their leadership teams.