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Victory Manor Receives Top Project of 2018 Award

TDR Top Projects Group Photo 

The Daily Reporter recently awarded HACM a Top Project of 2018 award for its Veterans Manor development, a 60-unit veterans preference apartment building in the Westlawn Gardens Community. 

Victory Manor is the latest housing development to be completed in the Westlawn Gardens community. HACM engaged Quorum Architects to design Victory Manor, a three story, 54,624 sf apartment building with (60) one-bedroom apartments with amenity spaces for the larger Westlawn Community as well as specific social spaces for only Victory Manor residents. This is the first building to be constructed within the larger Westlawn Gardens Phase Two Project, led by Torti Gallas + Partners, estimated to be completed in 2021.

Victory Manor is designed to be “Veterans Preference Housing”. Quorum collaborated with HACM and the Center for Veterans Issues (CVI), led by Retired Brig. Gen. Robert Cocroft, to research the specific needs and opportunities disabled veterans face. There are three key design features that demonstrate this.

Victory Manor exterior

First, research has indicated that it is important to encourage camaraderie among the veteran community and residents; this can be achieved by providing a greater ratio of space towards community areas, rather than to the individual apartment units.

gathering area

Secondly, Victory Manor is meant to be comfortable for anyone, but especially for someone experiencing the effects of PTSD and or physical limitations. Our research into this led to the selection of materials that dampen sound, soothing colors that are in the blue and green tones, and patterns in fabrics and finishes that are straight lines and linear. The principles of universal design are embedded throughout to allow full accessibility to everyone. However, there is a percentage of the residential units that have gone beyond basic accessibility to also have roll-under bathroom vanities, roll-in showers with integral shower seat, and kitchen controls accessible at seated height. All these characteristics assist in creating an environment that fosters an environment that feels stable and calm.

Living room

The third example is in the inclusion of a variety of social gathering spaces. The feedback from the neighborhood in the early planning stages indicated that a large space for community events was important to be included. As a result, the first floor Community Room was designed to accommodate groups as large as 100 people, with flexibility to be used for a variety of functions, including the yearly HACM Resident Meeting.

community room

Victory Manor is designed to meet LEED v4 for Homes and the Westlawn Gardens as a whole to meet LEED v4 ND, this sets the precedent for all multifamily buildings that will follow in Phase Two. To meet LEED v4 for Homes, Victory Manor implemented certain design characteristics such as low VOC limits for all interior finish materials, installing energy efficient lighting with daylight controls and HVAC equipment, using Watersense certified low-flow plumbing fixtures to conserve the amount of water used in the building throughout, as well as using high insulation values and energy efficient windows on the envelope.

Victor Manor’s other amenities include a fitness center, game room, exam room, and business center on the ground floor. Each of the three floors also has laundry facilities and storage spaces.

game room

Victory Manor is an integrated supportive housing development with 12 fully accessible units for residents with disabilities and 48 adaptable units that can be made fully accessible with minimal changes.

On-site supportive services will be provided through partnerships with the CVI and other community organizations. Services will include case management, counseling (alcohol and other drug abuse, life skills and mental health), education, training and employment assistance, benefits assistance, temporary financial assistance, peer-to-peer counseling, referrals, and on-site recreational activities to compliment the services available at the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center.

Fifty-four (54) of the sixty units are for residents earning 30, 50, and 60 percent or less of the Milwaukee County Area Median Income using the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program. In addition, 44 units will be receiving Project Based Voucher Subsidy whereby the tenants’ rental rate will be equivalent to 30 percent of their adjusted gross income as part of the Housing Authority’s conversion of public housing through the Rental Assistance Demonstration program.

The project also has six market-rate units that have been set aside using a master lease with CVI and will be exclusively used to house homeless veterans, under the CVI Transition-in-Place program.

Victory Manor provides critical safe and affordable housing on the northwest side of Milwaukee for underserved populations in Westlawn Gardens and surrounding neighborhood. Stable housing coupled with supportive services available through HACM’s programs and its partnerships will help residents of Victory Manor build a better quality of life and foster a strong, resilient community.