Quality, sustainability, and historical context were our guiding principles: We designed the Ramona to look and feel like part of the Pearl.
Our team designed an extremely tight wood-frame enclosure and clad the exterior in patterned brick, ideal for an urban environment due to its durability and rich appearance. High-quality casement windows and low-flow water fixtures reduce the amount of energy used by residents; solar PV panels and solar-thermal water heating means the Ramona produces much of its own energy on-site.
The Ramona typifies our approach to transit-oriented development. Because it’s located on 13th Avenue in the Pearl District, with its extremely high walk score, the Ramona helps support family economics—residents can live near and walk to their workplaces. Interior bicycle parking and underground parking add to its commuter-friendliness. And by bringing affordable housing to a high-end pedestrian street in the Pearl District, with low rent, low utility costs, and easy commuting, we bring more economic inclusivity to the area.
Efficiency and energy-efficient systems are an important part of the Ramona’s design. For year-round comfort, we created an innovative ventilation and exhaust system. Each apartment has freshly conditioned air distributed directly, and a heat recovery system on the roof preheats the air in the winter and precools it in the summer, saving energy and providing better indoor air quality for tenants.
The Ramona’s 31,000 sq. ft. green roof—covered with soil and sedum—captures, filters, and treats stormwater, as does the courtyard through planters and layers of soil and gravel. Combined with an infiltration swale, these passive systems filter 100% of the stormwater on site.