Cambridge Housing Authority

Jackson Gardens Apartments

Cambridge, MA

Cambridge, MA

BWA Architecture designed the comprehensive modernization and conversion of this 45-unit post-war public housing site into a modern new affordable housing property. The limited floor area per unit, inadequate ceiling heights and outdated egress capacity presented a myriad of complex design challenges. The design team introduced bay additions to the façade to ease the constricted footprint, coordinated modern mechanical and plumbing systems efficiently and added contemporary, curtain wall stair towers in order to make a comfortable habitat aligned with the needs of modern housing.

Accessible entries and apartments were added to comply with current codes. Sustainable design features included ultra-low VOC interior finishes, mold mitigation materials, and very high energy efficiency systems. BWA also assisted the Owner in obtaining tax-credit financing, and a comprehensive design permit. Jackson Gardens was recipient of a $10M competitive ARRA stimulus grant for its sustainable design features.

Key facts


Affordable Housing




58,260 sf



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