CAMBA Gardens Overview
Developer: CAMBA Housing Ventures, Inc.
Development Cost: $66.8 million
Number of Units: 209 units; 132 studios, 29 one-bedrooms, 33 two-bedrooms, 15 three-bedrooms
Address: 690 & 738 Albany Ave.,
Brooklyn, NY 11203
Architect: Harden Van Arnam Architects, PLLC
Contractor: Bruno Frustaci Contracting, Inc.
Social Service Provider:CAMBA, Inc.
Building Size: 193,150 sq. ft.
Pre-development Financing: Corporation for Supportive Housing, Enterprise Community Partners
Capital Financing: NYC HPD, NYS HHAP, NYS HFA, Federal Home Loan
Bank/HSBC, Brooklyn Borough President, NYC Council, NYSERDA, TD Bank, Low Income Housing Tax Credit Equity
Syndicator: Enterprise Community Investment
Operations Financing: NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York/
New York III, NYC Department of Homeless Services, Project Based Section 8 vouchers
Completion Date: October 2013
Property Management: WinnResidential
About CAMBA Gardens
- Sustainable, permanent, affordable and supportive housing in Wingate, Brooklyn
- Developed on the campus of Kings County Hospital, in partnership with NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation
- National model for partnership with a public hospital, nonprofit developer and service provider
- Co-located housing and healthcare facilitates tenants’ health and stability
- Two buildings include 209 units: studios; one-, two- and three-bedroom units
- Provides affordable housing for households earning under 60% of AMI and families and individuals with special needs
- Built to LEED Platinum, Enterprise Green Communities and NYSERDA standards
- Rooftop solar panel system expected to power approx. 45% of common areas
- Healthy indoor air quality, including low-VOC sealants and paints
- Transit-oriented: B12 bus and 2/5 subway
- Multi-purpose rooms, gardens and roof terrace available for tenants and local community
- Computer and laundry rooms
- Kitchen for nutrition and cooking classes
- Lighting, security cameras and 24/7 front desk security increase public safety
On-site case management services provided by
- Help with resume-writing and job preparation and search
- Nutrition counseling, yoga, financial management, computer training
- Holiday and social gatherings
- Access to
CAMBA’s comprehensive services
• 59 Brooklyn residents have been employed at CAMBA Gardens, including 21 Community Board 9 and 17 residents.
• 81 Brooklyn based contractors, subcontractors, and vendors have worked at CAMBA Gardens.
• The contractors, subcontractors, and vendors that worked on CAMBA Gardens employ 1,166 people living in Brooklyn.
• $19,388,261 in contracts awarded to Brooklyn based contractors and subcontractors.
• $7,553,725 of materials and equipment purchased from Brooklyn based vendors.
Minority and Women Owned Enterprises
• Project exceeded New York State HHAP Goals 5%MBE 5.5% WBE.
• 19.79% of hard cost total contracted by NYS Certified Minority or Women Owned Businesses.
• There are 42 permanent jobs at CAMBA Gardens, including maintenance, front desk security, and on site social service staff.
Committed to developing sustainable and energy efficient affordable housing, CAMBA Housing Ventures, Inc. (CHV) enrolled CAMBA Gardens in LEED for Homes. The LEED for Homes rating system was developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) in order to promote the design and construction of high-performance, sustainable homes. The voluntary rating system recognizes performance in many areas including: site factors, energy efficiency, water conservation, material selection and indoor environmental quality to name a few. CAMBA Gardens was able to achieve LEED Platinum Certification, the highest certification level, due to exemplary performance in many of these areas. In doing so, the multi-family affordable and supportive housing development requires less energy and therefore produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions as well as provides for greater occupant comfort and health.
The project team, including CAMBA Housing Ventures, Inc. (Developer), Harden Van Arnam Architects PLLC (Architect), Reynaldo C. Prego, PE Consulting Engineers (Engineer), Bruno Frustaci Contracting (General Contractor), Aeon Solar (Solar Installer), Steven Winter Associates (Sustainability Consultant), Enterprise Community Investment, Inc. (Syndicator), Extraordinary Building Consultants (Owner’s Representative), and Corporation for Supportive Housing (Predevelopment Financing Funder) convened sustainability and design charrettes during the design phase to incorporate the buildings’ green features into the drawings and specifications. During construction, the sustainability consultant worked with the owner and contractor to ensure best practice construction with specific attention to air sealing and compartmentalization. The building passed a demanding set of testing and verification requirements.
CAMBA Gardens includes the following energy saving and sustainable measures:
- Transit oriented development. Located within walking distance to a variety of public transportation options such as the 2 and 5 subway lines and a number of Brooklyn bus lines.
- On-site bike storage for residents and close connection to the NYC bike path network.
- Excellent proximity to jobs.
- Within walking distance of community resources including healthcare (New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation’s Kings County Hospital Center), supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and schools.
- Access to open space such as Wingate Park and Prospect Park.
- 86 KW rooftop solar array providing 104,000 kW/hrs of electricity per year and powering approximately 45% of common areas.
- All installed landscaping is local and non-invasive. Over 90% of plants are drought tolerant
- High efficiency irrigation system designed by an EPA WaterSense certified professional including drip irrigation, multiple zones and moisture sensors.
- High albedo, reflective roofing material to reduce heat island effects.
- Very high efficiency flow rates for showers, sinks, and toilets.
- Energy Star qualified fixtures and appliances such as air conditioners, refrigerators and common clothes washers.
- Efficient lighting design including pin-based CFLs, occupancy sensors in common spaces and timers on outdoor lighting.
- Tightly sealed building envelope. Passed rigorous testing requirements such as duct tightness testing and blower door testing.
- High performance fiberglass windows with efficient thermal properties (U and SHGC values).
- 28% energy savings compared with ASHRAE 90.1-2007.
- Continuous rooftop exhaust in both kitchens and bathrooms and outdoor air ventilation for better indoor air quality.
Apartments in CAMBA Gardens Phase I have earned the ENERGY STAR® label after meeting strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for energy-efficient design and construction. Buildings with ENERGY STAR certified apartments undergo more inspections and third-party testing than typical buildings to give tenants added peace of mind that their home meets high standards for energy efficiency. Learn more about ENERGY STAR certified apartments and condominiums at http://www.energystar.gov/certifiedapartments.