Arvada, Colorado, United States
The Geos Neighborhood is a mixed use community revitalization project built on former industrial land. The project intends to Utilize sustainable neighborhood practices to create a people oriented community that enhances the environment and deters sprawl.
23 acres, 282 residential units
Architect: Michael Tavel Architects, Landscape Architect: David Kahn Studio
Performance levels achieved:
|Limits to Growth|
|Health + Happiness|
|Embodied Energy & Carbon|
|Neighborhood & Access|
|Access to Nature|
|Access to Community Services|
Goals & Strategies:
Goals: Not reported
Strategies: Edible landscaping. Fruit trees, community gardens. Central square designed to hold a farmer's market. Garden space available on residential property.
Goals: 8.5 acres of park and open space.
Strategies: Tree-lined streets, community greens and parks. Wildlife habitat.
Goals: Not reported.
Strategies: Walkable communities, bike paths, pedestrian-oriented development. 1.5 parking spaces per dwelling unit.
Goals: Promote stormwater infiltration.
Strategies: Stormwater management planned at all scales of the development. Permeable pavers. Stormwater retention through bioswales and parks. Surface water runoff. Water-conserving irrigation.
Goals: Net-zero energy. 100% renewable energy produced on site.
Strategies: Passive solar design. Solar PV. District heating through ground source heat pumps, energy-efficient design to reduce energy demands by 20%. SIP construction to promote air-tight, well-insulated envelope. Insulated slab. Triple-pane windows.
Health + Happiness
Embodied Energy & Carbon
Goals: Sustainable materials
Strategies: Low-emitting materials. Renewable sources for floors. Recycled ceramic tile.
Goals: Construction waste diversion.
Strategies: Trash and recycling services.
Neighborhood & Access
Goals: Promote a walkable community.
Strategies: Public access to streets. Mixed-use neighborhoods. Variety of housing, including co-housing, single-family and apartments. Access to services. Walkable design, walkable to amenities. Indoor air quality monitoring and filtered ventilation.
*Note: This case study was developed using found information.