Step Up On Fifth

Santa Monica, CA United States

Pugh + Scarpa Architects


Project Description

2010 RADA

Affordable / Merit

This affordable housing for homeless and mentally disabled residents impressed the jury with its artful blend of private and semi-public zones. “It’s an incredibly dense site, and yet you have all these nice outdoor spaces,” observed one judge. “It fits into the urban condition.”

The 46-unit project by Pugh + Scarpa Architects contains space for supportive services, as well as a first-floor gallery featuring artwork by residents. All circulation is exterior, and a series of passive solar strategies—cross-ventilation and metal shading devices, for example—greatly reduces the building’s carbon footprint while enhancing inhabitants’ quality of life. Community rooms and a pair of second-floor courtyards provide safe, sheltered places to socialize. “The community kitchens are a way to get people out of their units,” says Angela Brooks, AIA, LEED AP, of Pugh + Scarpa. To satisfy city requirements, the building also incorporates an underground 23-car parking lot complete with a hydraulic lift system.


Project Details

Step Up On Fifth
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    Angela Brooks, Principal In Charge.
  • Lead Designer: Lawrence Scarpa 
  • Developer: Tod Lipka 
  • General Contractor: Frank Ruiz 
  • Interior Designer: Pugh + Scarpa Architects 
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Specified Products

Bathroom Fittings, Kitchen Fixtures: American Standard; Bathroom Fixtures: Elkay USA; cooktop, Refrigerator: GE Consumer & Industrial]; Doors: Timely Industries, T.M. Cobb Co.; Exterior Siding: McNichols Co., ParexLahabra; Flooring (Carpet): Mohawk Industries; Flooring (Ceramic Tile/Stone/Concrete): Dal-Tile Corp.; Flooring (Linoleum): Forbo Flooring North America; Garage Doors: Overhead Door Corp.; Garbage Disposer: In-Sink-Erator; Hardware: Schlage Lock Co.; HVAC Equipment: Carrier Corp.; Hydronic Heating: Runtal North America; Insulation: Owens Corning; Kitchen Fittings: Kohler Co.; Lighting Fixtures: BEGA/US, Cooper Lighting (Halo), Cooper Lighting (Shaper), Prudential Ltg.; Paints/Stains/Wall Finishes: Dunn-Edwards Corp., Frazee Paint; Roofing: Johns Manville; Skylights/Roof Windows: Bristolite Skylights; Structural Systems: USG Corp., Weyerhaeuser Co.; Windows: Fleetwood Windows & Doors, Milgard Windows & Doors



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