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Innovative Crescent Heights Project Completed
Housing complex for medical students is celebrated as southern Maine’s most environmentally sensitive commercial building, housing resource.Portland, MAINE (June 17, 2010) – Gov. John Baldacci and other community leaders today officially opened the Crescent Heights student housing complex, which is one of the most environmentally sensitive commercial structures in Maine and a showpiece for “smart growth” urban-development techniques.
The building at 25 Crescent St. was constructed by Portland-based Developers Collaborative and is expected to be certified at the Platinum —or highest – level for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. It uses 37 percent less energy and 30 percent less water than a typical housing building.
“The location itself is a wonderful green feature of the building,” said Jay Waterman, a LEED consultant and senior project manager at Fore Solutions. Residents can walk the nearby hospital and area businesses. “You can have the most ‘green’ building in the world, but if you have to drive 45 miles to get there, you are putting a lot of pollution into the environment.”
The building’s 11 suites help keep area rents affordable, while providing housing for medical students and support for a program that adds to our health care infrastructure and helps train the next generation of physicians.
“Crescent Heights meets a lot of community needs, without creating the impact that sometimes comes from a new building,” said Kevin Bunker, a principal in Developers Collaborative. “We have been able to take a third-of-an-acre lot and produce 44 bedrooms for students. We’ve been able to do that without adding traffic or on-street parking.”
On the inside, Crescent Heights has unique features, meant to appeal to the particular needs of medical students. An interior design consultant researched the lifestyle of these students, using social science journals, interviews, focus groups, site visits and surveys, so that she could more fully understand the needs and meet their desires of medical students, on everything from vibrant colors to carefully selected furnishings.
“I designed it like a boat: Everything is space efficient and meets their needs,” said Lisa Whited, a design consultant with Whited Planning and Design. “The whole thing about this project is to have the students have a wonderful experience and stay in Maine.”
All units come with amenities such as 42-inch flat-screen televisions and WiFi internet access; offer views of the White Mountains, Back Cove or the Portland cityscape; and in some cases, have balconies.
Furnishings in shared spaces within the units are designed to move easily and encourage social interaction among students who are putting in long hours. Artistic nature photography from Maine, carpeting from Angela Adams and other Maine-focused design elements help create a pleasing environment and puts the state in a good light with physicians-in-training.
Purchasing materials and furnishings in Maine supports local businesses and protects the environment, because items do not have to be transported far.
“We do a lot of listening at Developers Collaborative because we believe that projects need to work effectively for communities as well as tenants,” Bunker said. “We work hard to make sure our projects like Crescent Heights address needs and make our communities stronger.”
About Developers Collaborative
Portland-based Developers Collaborative is an association of allied real-estate developers who produce state-of-the-art buildings that contribute to host communities by meeting specific local needs.
Developers Collaborative can be reached at (207) 772-7673, firstname.lastname@example.org or on the web at www.developerscollaborative.com.