josephine commons senior housing & duplexes

Lafayette, CO | Affordable Housing Award, Mountain Plains Region NAHRO

Working with a variety of groups from neighbors, City officials, and seniors in the community, the design team meticulously crafted the master plan to respond to a multitude of factors and interest groups. The primary goals of the development were to create a model community that offers affordable, sustainable housing to seniors and low income families, in keeping with Boulder County Housing Authority’s (BCHA) mission: “creating and sustaining healthy communities that promote individual responsibility, safe and stable families, economic growth, strong community partnerships and human dignity.”

The 70-unit apartment building is divided into three wings that are offset from each other to break up the long north and south facades, and joined by glass “knuckles” to allow natural light into the internal corridors. The first floor incorporates several gathering spaces, including a dining area with a small commercial kitchen and a great room to foster community living. On the residential floors above, several meeting rooms and lounge areas are incorporated in the “knuckles” for resident use.

HB&A provided detailed accessibility studies as part of our design of the Josephine Commons Senior building. Our work involved a UFAS accessibility checklist review of 46 pages, ongoing construction review and photos to correct items in process and a detailed response completed after construction noting deficient construction and solutions for correcting. HB&A had to manage and coordinate with multiple approving agencies including a HUD review team that surveyed accessible routes, parking areas, public restrooms, community rooms, mailboxes, trash chutes, and accessible units.

Sustainable principles:

  • Units Oriented for Passive Solar
  • Geothermal Heating and Cooling
  • Photovolatic Systems
  • Efficient Building Envelope
  • Energy Efficient Equipment and Appliances
  • Community Gardens

The foundational project for Josephine Commons as well as Aspinwall Townhomes project was studied and reported on extensively by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the approach and results of which have been documented here.

additional projects


blue dot place downtown apartments | colorado springs, co

Located in the New South End neighborhood of downtown Colorado Springs on south Nevada, this mixed-use project includes 33 apartments (54 bedrooms) and a separate commercial space for a coffee shop/deli and music venue. Currently under construction, this project is being hailed as the leading example of moderately priced urban apartments targeting young professionals and empty nesters that want to live in the heart of the City. 

Urban Land Use Impact Award Category 1: Infill Finalist


aspinwall townhomes of josephine commons | Lafayette, CO

Phase two of the Josephine Commons project provided 72 units (148 bedrooms) in a mix of 2-6 unit townhome buildings.  This phase also included a community center building with large kitchen and gathering space for use by the residents. 

Green Communities Certified Development

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Avalon duplexes paradigm project | Lafayette, CO

Pilot venture for innovative, sustainable, affordable housing which informed the design and construction of Josephine Commons. The project consists of one-duplex unit and one single-family unit on an urban infill lot situated between a residential neighborhood and industrial part. Modular construction and efficient design provided lower construction costs, which allowed the owner to invest in higher performance materials and renewable energy features.

Green Communities Certified Development | AIA Design Excellence Merit Award | Boulder County Pinnacle Award for Stewardship & Sustainability | Denver Regional Council of Governments Award for Collaboration | National Association of Counties Achievement Award


rio grande village neighborhood redevelopment | colorado springs, co

Replaced 22 WWII era houses with 18 Great House 5 unit  apartments and 10 single family cottages, totalling 100 units (162 bedrooms) delivered in two phases. Located to the southeast of downtown Colorado Springs. Highly successful community with welcoming residential design featuring porches for each unit, unique mix of durable finishes and color palette for each Great House apartment building and cottage to reinforce individual building identity. 

Housing and Community Development Award | Mountain Plains Region