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2003 Honor Award, AIA
Architecture Week article

Colorado Court is an affordable housing project in downtown Santa Monica. It includes 44 units of affordable single room occupancy (SRO) housing, and incorporates state-of-the-art sustainable energy systems, including photovoltaic solar panels, a series of passive solar features from siting to ventilation systems; and a micro-turbine that supplements solar panel energy generation. It is one of the few affordable housing projects in the country to effectively combine sustainable energy systems with affordable housing and quality architectural design.

The project was the joint effort of architects Pugh Scarpa, and the Community Corporation of Santa Monica as developer. It was also noted for the commitment of the City of Santa Monica to the sustainable systems included in the project, and the unusual collaboration between architect, developer, and municipality. Colorado Court has been recognized nationally by the AIA and Global Green USA, as well as by the Rudy Bruner Award.

The Selection Committee applauded the project for pushing the agenda of sustainable systems, for the quality of its architecture, and for the high level of collaboration between architect, developer and the city that resulted in a new model of affordable housing for the country.

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