The Coho Townhouses project is a high-density, infill student housing project located in the West University District near the University of Oregon. This student housing development consists of nine three-story townhouses divided into two buildings that are situated to create a common courtyard. The key objective of this project was to create quality spaces that encourage a sustainable lifestyle.
The carbon footprint of this development is minimized through the integration of solar panels on the roof which deliver electricity to the units. All of the stormwater run-off is treated on-site, thus reducing the load on the municipal systems. Limited on-site car parking is available, however, extensive covered, lockable bicycle parking is provided to support alternative modes of transportation.
Material choices were made to emphasize sustainability, low-maintenance costs, and durability. Examples of this include the corrugated metal & cement fiber board sidings on the exterior and the granite countertops found inside. The townhouse units are arranged around a community courtyard designed to encourage social interaction among the tenants without negatively affecting the privacy within the units. The arrangement of windows in the angled bays along the façades provides each bedroom with ample daylight without overlapping views to or from other units. The Coho Townhouses are intended to provide students with high-quality housing option that facilitates a low-impact lifestyle.