Housing Shortage Hits New River Valley
WDBJ 7, 10/2/12
What Do You See?
VSAIA News, 10/11
Architects' Kiosk: Draw Your Own Manchester?
Style Weekly, 10/4/11
Low-Income Housing Got a Makeover in Covington
WDBJ 7, 8/29/11
Renovations at Covington Apartments Complete
WSLS 10, 8/29/11
Profiles in Emerging Leaders
Virginia Society - AIA News, April/May, 2011 (page 5)
Renovation Project Gives Lynchburg Neighborhood a New Look
Architecture Awards Honor People, Projects
Blue Ridge Business Journal, 11/1/10
Hilltop Homes Project Renovating Historic Houses for Apartment Units
Lynchburg News & Advance, 10/4/10
CHP Receives ENERGY STAR Award
Blue Ridge Business Journal, 4/5/10
HUD Presents ENERGY STAR National Award to Community Housing Partners
US Department of Housing & Urban Development, 3/24/10
She Uses FAITH to Create Housing
The Free Lance-Star, 2/21/10
Community Housing Partners
EnergyValue Housing Award 2010 Winners Magazine, 1/10
2010 EVHA EnergyValue Housing Award Winners
Choose Thy Neighbor
WVTF Public Radio, 9/1/09
Community Housing Partners & Energy Star
Building Affordable ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes, August 2009
Studio Roanoke Gets Warm Reception
Roanoke Times, 5/3/09
Valley Business Front , May 2009
Economically, Environmentally-Friendly Homes Unveiled in Blacksburg Area
News Messenger, 4/4/09
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redefining affordable housing
through architecture & design
socially responsible, sustainable design
CHP's commitment to the environmental performance, durability, and cost effectiveness of affordable housing led us to establish CHP Design Studio (formerly Community Design Studio). CHP Design Studio is a regional design firm committed to promoting competent, socially responsible building practices. Utilizing a collaborative design process, the firm assists community development corporations and like-minded organizations with their design needs.
Our vision is to serve as a development resource within a collaborative studio work environment that values research and planning. Under the direction of Colin Arnold, AIA, LEED® Accredited Professional, CHP Design Studio promotes design excellence by increasing the environmental, economic and social sustainability of affordable
housing in the southeast.
CHP Design Studio promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. In its role as environmental steward, the firm focuses on the following:
- Reducing, reusing and recycling construction materials
- Improving indoor air quality by eliminating toxic materials, finishes and furnishing
- Optimizing the building footprint and achieving space efficiency
- Integrating natural daylight and ventilation to promote health and well-being
- Recommending environmentally friendly maintenance practices and products
CHP Design Studio team members are LEED® accredited professionals experienced in EarthCraft® and cohousing community development.
Along with its focus on environmentally sound practices, CHP Design Studio also works to promote the cost effectiveness of community-based architecture by selecting materials according to their life-cycle costs; conserving water by using water efficient appliances and fixtures and harvesting rainwater; maximizing energy conservation by using Energy Star® rated systems and appliances; implementing passive solar building design and orientation; and using solar thermal hot water collection systems to minimize energy consumption.
From its inception, CHP Design Studio has focused on providing assistance to non-profit developers, community design corporations and other community-based organizations that share an interest in investigating contemporary design issues. As a strong advocate for competent and socially responsible building practices, CHP Design Studio is committed to expanding public awareness and support for housing programs through education, non-political advocacy and assisting residents and neighborhoods to participate in the community design process.
projects in progress
Located in Chesapeake, Virginia , Heron's Landing will consist of 60 single room occupancy units in addition to a community room and kitchen, laundry facilities, business center, three courtyards, and a community garden. The facility is being designed to meet EarthCraft standards and will feature several enrvironmentally-responsible elements such as solar thermal collectors for hot water, a photovoltaic array to offset twenty percent of electrical useage, and ENERGY STAR fixtures and appliances. It is being funded, in part, with Low Income Housing Tax Credits.
Built in 1883, the Warwick Hotel was once the center of downtown activity in Newport News, Virginia before a fire destroyed the original structure in 1960. In 1995, Community Housing Partners (CHP) transformed the structure into single-room occupancy (SRO) rental housing for very low-wealth homeless and disabled individuals. In 2012, the Warwick SRO will undergo rehabilitation through the LIHTC program and federal and state historic tax credits to update the facilities and preserve this important housing resource for the Newport News Community.