Denver, Colorado, United States
Aria is a residential development with retail and office space. The project will have a diversity of housing types. Part of Aria is a redevelopment of a convent. Aria is a model for social, environmental and economically conscious design, creating a community that appeals to all generations.
2009 - 2013
Architects: Michelle Kaufmann; OZ Architects Developers: Urban Ventures, Perry Rose
Performance levels achieved:
|Limits to Growth|
|Health + Happiness|
|Embodied Energy & Carbon|
|Neighborhood & Access|
|Access to Nature|
|Access to Community Services|
Goals & Strategies:
Goals: Promote healthy lifestyle.
Strategies: Community gardens, greenhouses, farm stands, community meals.
Goals: Low intensity landscaping
Strategies: Drought tolerant landscaping, permiculture landscaping, tree lined streets.
Goals: Promote wellness through a walkable development.
Strategies: Light rail station, metro transit bus system to connect to Denver (2.5 miles away), bicycle infrastructure, walkable neighborhood, walking paths with distance signage to destinations.
Goals: Water conservation.
Strategies: Some rainwater capture, rainwater storage constructed.
Goals: Energy efficiency.
Strategies: Required ENERGY STAR appliances, passive solar strategies, LEED certification for Homes, New Construction, and Neighborhood Development.
Health + Happiness
Goals: Diversity of living options.
Strategies: Public access to streets, job training, human scale design, low VOC paint, specified non-toxic materials, brochures on community services, easy access to schools, assisted living facilities, access to health center and services, healthy lifestyle education available.
Goals: Prefabrication utilized to reduce waste and increase performance
Strategies: Some material salvage from demolition waste, in construction used recycled and recyclable products, sourced locally, low maintenance durable products, prefabrication, 3rd party certification for carpets.
Goals: Reduce waste.
Strategies: Standard practices.