Allana Buick & Bers, Inc. (ABBAE) was selected by the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara (HACSC) to provide investigation, design and construction phase services on a multi-family project in San Jose.
Lenzen Gardens is a 94-unit senior housing development with common areas. The two and three-story wood-frame buildings surrounding a central courtyard were completed by the HACSC in 1984.
ABBAE prepared a Capital Needs Assessment (CNA) for the physical condition of the entire complex. The report provided to the HACSC identified ADA requirements, physical needs, remaining useful life of key components, milestones for replacement, deficiencies that affected the property’s use, structural and mechanical integrity and future physical and budgetary needs. The recommendation was to perform a complete renovation of all building components. The $12 million rehabilitation project includes a complete replacement of windows, decks, roof, exterior siding, and interior renovation of individual units.
ABBAE’s scope included reconfiguration of unit layouts and common areas and furniture/fixture replacement throughout. A new energy-efficient Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) HVAC system was designed and installed along with corridor ventilation, high efficiency condensing hot water boilers, water conserving plumbing fixtures, electrical and elevator upgrades, ADA compliance, landscaping, seismic upgrade, low voltage upgrades and the provisions for a future solar hot water system.