Projects — POAH Communities
Architect ICON Architecture
Owner POAH Communities
Location Somerville, MA
Type New Construction, Modular Construction, Podium Affordable Housing, Market Rate Housing
The redevelopment of Clarendon Hill includes the modular construction of a 9-story, steel-framed high-rise that will house 168 residential units, shared community areas, and recreation facilities. Preconstruction required the abatement and demolition of three existing buildings, originally built in 1948, to make way for the new 213,000 SF structure. Comprised of steel and lightweight concrete, Clarendon Hill’s prefabricated modules will reside atop a post-tensioned concrete podium and offer both cost and energy savings throughout the construction process. In collaboration with a European modular expert, Dellbrook|JKS will leverage the benefits of this off-site building technology to maintain affordability for our non-profit client, and in turn, Clarendon Hill’s residents.
Beyond the environmental advantages of its construction technique, Clarendon Hill, a truly sustainable structure, will also achieve LEED Platinum certification. Construction will take place alongside six occupied surrounding buildings, with considerations that prioritize the occupants’ convenience and safety. Work also includes the creation of green space along with several bicycle, pedestrian, and vehicular pathways.