Dwelling lightly on a beautiful but challenging site, Pond View Village transformed an abandoned factory complex into 115-units of workforce housing.
Cape Ann Housing Opportunity, Inc. (CAHO), a private non-profit development group, acquired the 21-acre former LePage’s glue factory site and hired Bergmeyer to prepare a master plan to convert the abandoned factory site and buildings into a mixed-use, affordable housing community.
Our compelling vision for this development sustained the team’s focus through master planning, re-zoning by the Gloucester City Council, the city’s Major Project Review process, and innumerable public presentations.
Every design decision on this project was informed by thinking sustainably. Not wanting to add more building area to the site than had already existed, we advocated selective demolition of unsound structures and “banked” that floor area against new construction. Impermeable paved lots were replaced by landscaped open space while existing buildings’ basements were converted to enclosed parking further reducing site impacts. Our energy modeling and payback analysis led us to simple cost-effective solutions to building energy performance goals such as investing in better windows and heating systems rather than prohibitively costly super-insulation or renewable energy technologies.
The finished project also demonstrates one of the key benefits of adaptive-reuse: the dramatic double-high living spaces and sweeping window-walls in many of the units – features that would be considered luxuries in new construction – were the direct result of reusing buildings originally designed for industrial purposes. They serve the new residents admirably.
John M. Clancy Design Award for Socially Responsible Housing