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Orchards Senior Apartments


McCarthy Companies was hired by the Santa Paula Housing Authority as the Construction Manager on this once vacant and abandoned 12,582 square foot one-story 45-bed Assisted Living Center to create a stunning 20-unit Affordable Senior Apartment community. Fountainhead Architects did a fantastic job designing and transforming an institutional-looking building into twenty craftsman-style individual homes with a unique, pedestrian scale and residential appearance.

All of the homes are one-story and are designed to accommodate those seniors with disabilities and physical challenges.” The Orchards is designed to conform to the Green Communities criteria and the “carbon footprint” of the new community was greatly reduced by salvaging and reusing an existing abandoned building and by replacing old, inefficient mechanical, plumbing and electrical equipment with new, highly efficient, Energy Star-compliant equipment, fixtures, and materials. The site was landscaped with native plants and trees with an efficient irrigation system, and a raised planting bed will be constructed for the residents to create and maintain their own gardens.

The Orchards is a certified Enterprise Green Community, owned and managed by the Santa Paula Housing Authority. This project was at 95% occupancy the very same day construction was completed because the need was so great and tenants were excited to move in.

Architect: Fountainhead Architects