Crafted with a keen awareness of the adjacent brick residential structures, “Ruby’s Place” harmonizes seamlessly with the block’s front setbacks, complemented by a landscaped front yard. The building is supported by stepped spread footings, meticulously engineered to avoid imposing lateral loads on neighboring foundations. Recognizing challenges in site accessibility, the structural system was thoughtfully designed with a focus on potential construction sequences. Analysis of the optimal placement of flatbed tractor trailers and the proximity of crane picks was conducted to ensure efficient maneuverability on-site.
Community Counseling and Mediation
Encompassing 42,000 square feet, Ruby's Place comprises nine stories dedicated to providing affordable housing for single adults grappling with mental illness. The residence features 73 studios, each averaging just 320 square feet, situated on the second through ninth floors. The ground level is designated for program spaces, counseling rooms, and a community area, while the basement hosts a computer, laundry, and bike storage room. With a deep site plan spanning 75 feet in width and 155 feet in length, the design incorporates a rear yard with passive sitting, active recreation zones, and residents' gardening areas. DRPILLA played a pivotal role, offering comprehensive structural, geotechnical, and civil/stormwater design services for the entire project.
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