Resilient Corners is the name we chose for a new housing development project on a corner block in the Near West Side neighborhood of Syracuse because the neighborhood has always been in the state of flux and resiliency. From the early days of manufacturing when feeder canals ran through the district, to today where small houses still dot the lots from the mid 1800’s, much of the neighborhood is going through a change that has brought in a new sense of renewal. The canal is gone and as people fled the city, many of the homes in this neighborhood fell into disrepair. Recent investment by the Near Westside Initiative and Syracuse University have improved the conditions and the transition to a vibrant community is once again spurring.
It is with this sense of renewal and commitment that Open Atelier Architects along with Home Headquarters and the Syracuse Center of Excellence pulled together to win a New York State Energy & Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) competition in 2015. What is unique about the proposal is the technology used to offset energy usage on properties. The project consists of eight single family homes an existing building renovation and a community laundromat center tied to a distributed closed loop geothermal system. From a single source of steady ground water temperature we anticipate being able to augment heating in the winter months and cooling in the summer months for each home as well as the community laundromat facility. In addition, the heated water for the community laundromat will also be supplemented by evacuated solar tubes on the roof.
The combination of sustainability and a reasonable price point will make the properties highly desirable to residents of the Near Westside. Our goal is to reach LEED Silver rating and cut energy usage by more than 10% savings while still maintaining their affordability. All the buildings will be built with energy efficient technology such as SIPS panels, slab on grade with shallow frost protection, LED lighting throughout and high density foam insulation in the roof.
When completed the corners of Otisco and Ontario street will be revitalized in a modern fashion with technology that lowers their cost of ownership and improves the quality of life for the residents. A mixture of small businesses and living environments will foster deeper social connections, improved walkability and continue the renewal of the Near Westside.