Santa Maria, CA
Size: 59,100 square feet
Scope: Structural Engineering
Architect: RA Architects & Engineers
Designed as a series of garden-style apartments catering to seniors, the Rooftop Gardens Apartments are the latest addition to the Celebrations subdivision in Santa Maria. The ground floor of this L-shaped, three-story development accommodates covered parking and a lobby area, while the second and third floors include lounge rooms, a game room, meeting space and a communal kitchen. A large roof deck provides the 36 units with outdoor dining space and a community garden. Structurally, the wood-over-podium approach offered superior acoustic and budget control while providing the structural integrity required for this program-rich development.