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Common Ground Hegeman Residence


Project Description

This 5-story, 80,000 sq. ft. residential structure creates transitional housing for low-income individuals and formerly homeless single adults. The building design and construction incorporates many “green” elements throughout, including environmentally responsible materials and technology to reduce operating and maintenance costs for long-term sustainability.


Common Ground’s Hegeman Residence provides a beautiful calm spot in a crowded city environment and serves the neediest of the community with 161 apartments of essential housing. Amenities of this project, atypical for affordable housing, include a 24/7 attended lobby, a computer room, an exercise room and broad glass façades that deliver natural daylight to interior spaces.

Designed for LEED Silver rating, the project emphasizes sustainability. The outdoor spaces of this project include a “green” roof that cools the building, slows storm water run-off and employs solar panels, a landscaped courtyard and a community garden. Building operation is facilitated with a complete building management system. Environmentally responsible lighting and motion sensors installed throughout the building reduce operating costs and improve security, and condensing boilers boost energy efficiency while lowering energy costs.

Challenges and Solutions

Mountco supported the development team and served as general contractor for this neighborhood revitalization project. The building was constructed on a very tight site in a congested urban area, requiring significant coordination for material staging and trades. The site of a former parking lot, the subsurface conditions necessitated environmental remediation of soil contamination, and foundation work required extensive shoring.