COHO TOWNHOUSES Architect: Richard Shugar AIA, LEED AP Project Manager: Gabriel Greiner AIA, LEED AP General Contractor: Essex General Construction Completed 2008 Eugene, Oregon 13,346 sf New Construction The Coho Townhouses project is a high-density, infill student housing project located in the West University District. The site is long and narrow, tucked into a slot near the hospital parking garage and an access alley. The owner was committed to making a building that would not only fit into the sliver of space, but to also create green spaces for outdoor connections. Thoughtful orientation on the site allowed for nine 4-bedroom units, which made the project financially feasible. Special exemptions from the City allowed for fewer parking spaces, which granted room for courtyards and outdoor spaces. Numerous schemes were explored while in the schematic design phase. The narrow site, zoning and setback requirements and parking regulations contributed to the layout of the buildings on the site. By utilizing a design that pops out the facade, larger windows could be incorporated into each unit. They are angled for privacy and allow light further into the rooms. This emphasis on daylighting helps keep energy costs down. The carbon footprint of this development is minimized through the integration of solar panels on the roof which deliver electricity to the units. All of the stormwater run-off is treated on-site, reducing the load on the municipal systems. Limited on-site car parking is available, however, extensive, covered, and lockable bicycle parking is provided to support alternative modes of transportation.