Viking Terrace Revitalization

Viking Terrace Revitalization

Worthington, MN

60 Units

Revitalization of this three building, 60-unit multi-family housing complex originally constructed in the 1970’s, was a partnership with the National Center for Healthy Housing, the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership and The Center for Sustainable Building Research. The revitalization was also part of a pilot project led by the National Center for Healthy Housing on a health study examining the impact of sustainable building practices on resident health.

Many green design principals were incorporated into the plans for the upgraded units. A new geothermal heating and cooling system and enhanced insulation were added. Low-maintenance metal roofing and cement fiber siding were used on the exterior of the units, and low VOC paints and interior finish materials made from recycled content-including carpet made from recycled soda bottles-were used in the interior spaces. The apartments were also furnished with water conserving fixtures, Energy Star appliances, and energy efficient lighting including sensor controls.

As a result of the project, energy and water consumption were both significantly reduced. The Associated research also found that the monetary benefits of green sustainable rehabilitation of low income housing vastly outweigh the initial increased cost. This project was recognized by Minnesota Green Communities and featured in a December 2007, GOVERNING magazine article “In the Green”


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