Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc. is pleased to announce that they are the recipient of a 2016 NAHB Pillars of the Industry Award. The National Association of Home Builder's (NAHB’s) Pillars of the Industry Awards program honors the best in multifamily design, from low-rise to mixed-use, in rentals and condos, in workforce housing and green building. Torti Gallas' Merwick Stanworth Faculty Housing at Prince University was named the Best Workforce Housing Community. The awards were presented at the 2017 International Builder's Show in Orlando, Florida.
Developed through a public/private partnership, the redevelopment of the Merwick and Stanworth communities is part of Princeton’s Housing Master Plan for faculty, staff and graduate students. Located just half a mile from the University, the project is within walking distance to campus through downtown Princeton with a shuttle bus running from the neighborhood to campus.
The Stanworth site was built originally as graduate student housing in the 1950’s. This original plan exhibited characteristic planning elements of its time including quadrangles, courtyards, and parking courts. The Merwick site was home to an historic estate, which was later remodeled into a healthcare center and subsequently fell into a state of disrepair.
Both of these new communities have been designed by Torti Gallas + Partners utilizing the English Arts and Crafts and Tudor Revival architectural vocabularies. Existing neighborhood context served to inform building rhythm and location. New homes are provided in a mix of multifamily, stacked flats and townhouses. All of the residential units are available to the general public, with 20% for low- and moderate-income families. The project is designed to LEED for Homes Silver standards.