Cabrillo Gateway

With an aim to help break the cycle of homelessness, the Century Villages at Cabrillo campus is a 27-acre former military base that currently provides housing for homeless veterans and families as well as extensive on-site supportive services.  The project site, located adjacent to the campus entry, was a source of visual blight, having been occupied by a condemned and fenced-off former military residential building.  Cabrillo Gateway creates a new entrance to the campus that accommodates public transit, vehicular and pedestrian access, while adding an additional 81 units of supportive housing for formerly homeless veterans and families, including a health clinic and a social services center.  In addition to creating a new entrance, the project establishes a prominent edge condition for the campus, presents a welcoming public face to the adjacent neighborhood, establishes an east-west pedestrian axis, extends an existing north-south pedestrian axis, and provides much-needed exterior gathering spaces.  The building massing is divided into three wings, creating three courtyards that provide intimate outdoor spaces that open onto the Grand Lawn, used for large gatherings.  Services are located on the ground floor and accentuated through storefront glazing to activate the pedestrian experience.  A prominent clock tower and plaza mark the terminus of the north-south axis, while a variety of paths and gathering spaces promote community through chance interactions among neighbors.  

Client:              Century Villages at Cabrillo
Location:         2001 River Ave. Long Beach CA 90610
Units:               81 Family Affordable Housing plus 3,419 sq. ft. community health clinic & social services
Size:                112,560 GSF (65,892 Res NSF)
Density:           40 du/ac
Cost:                $13,500,000 ($120 per GSF)
Funding:          9% Tax Credits, Housing Vouchers, MHSA
Awards:           2017 Charles L. Edson Excellence Award, Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition
                        2016 LABC, Architectural Award for Housing
                        2016 APA Los Angeles, Opportunity and Empowerment Award
                        2016 APA California, Opportunity and Empowerment Award
                        2016 Gold Nugget, Grand Award, Best Affordable Housing Community
                        2014 Gold Nugget, Best On The Boards Multi-Family Community
Sustainability: LEED Platinum Certified
Status:             Completed Summer 2015