Bay Terrace Apartments and Townhomes

Affordable housing developer Tacoma Housing Authority has certified their Bay Terrace Apartments and  Townnomes “Gold” under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes Rating System.

These 16 units, a mix of 2 and 3 bedroom townhomes and flats have better-than-code building shells that improve energy efficiency – which means lower bills for tenants and less impact on the environment.

Water-saving fixtures, including Water Sense showerheads, water sense faucets, high efficiency toilets, and Energy Star dishwashers greatly reduce water use compared to other typical homes without sacrificing comfort or performance.

Marmoleum hard-surface flooring, Interface Green Label Plus carpeting, low-emitting paints, coatings, adhesives and proper ventilation design and installation protect occupants’ health by minimizing the pollutants introduced during construction and ensuring optimal air quality during occupancy.   Window integrated trickle vents in each room ensure that fresh, outdoor air is uniformly distributed throughout each home.

Careful landscape planning and efficient irrigation contribute to a gorgeous, full landscape that doesn’t waste water.

As the Green Rater, O’Brien & Company provided training and coaching to the construction trades and managers to help them avoid common problems, such as gaps in insulation, missed air sealing opportunities, and performed third-party verification of ventilation system flow rates.  We also provided technical assistance to demonstrate best practices in air sealing and achieving Grade 1 thermal insulation throughout.  For the owner, O’Brien’s third party verifier role delivered value in optimizing the unit’s ventilation systems for maximizing long term moisture control, while being reliable, quiet and easy for occupants to operate.

Project Team
Owner:  Tacoma Housing Authority
Developer:  Tacoma Housing Authority
Architect:  GGLO
Contractor:  Absher Construction Company
Structural Engineer:  PCS
Mechanical & Plumbing Engineer:  Glumac
Ventilation:  Air Systems
Plumbing:  DM Kelley
Electrical Engineer:  Glumac
Landscape Architect:  GGLO Landscape
Irrigation:  Design Two Four / Two Six, Inc.
Civil Engineers:  KPFF