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Designed by McCool Carlson Green, RurAL CAP’s Safe Harbor Permanent Supportive Housing Project Selected for National Pilot Program

Muldoon neighborhood among seven chosen in nation


The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) selected seven affordable housing projects intending to pursue Living, Petal or NZEB certification. RurAL CAP’s Safe Harbor permanent supportive housing project in Muldoon, designed by McCool Carlson Green, was selected to work directly with the ILFI as a Pilot Project for their Affordable Housing Living Building Challenge. Along with MCG the Alaska project team consists of PDC Inc. Engineers, YourCleanEnergy, Schneider Structural, RPKA and Corvus Design.


The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) has created this opportunity to inspire more affordable housing projects to further explore, test, and develop strategies to assist affordable housing developers in overcoming social, regulatory, and financial barriers to achieving Living Building Challenge certification. Through this program, ILFI seeks to inspire regular use of the Living Building Challenge in affordable housing, learn from aspiring project's best practices, act as a hub to share lessons learned and support committed leaders in the field.


The affordable housing development community is uniquely situated to benefit from the philosophy and application of the Challenge in order to effectively accomplish its mission and goals. Living Buildings are designed to maximize the positive social and environmental potential of the built environment and serve as focal points for inspiration and education in their local communities. They are comprised entirely of healthy, low-impact building materials, harvest all their energy and water on-site, and aim to place equity and social justice at the forefront of their design goals. As the world’s most advanced and rigorous green building certification program, the Challenge can enhance the positive impact of affordable housing while mitigating the persistent inequalities often present in low-income communities.


These affordable housing projects have been given the opportunity to join a community of North America's leading sustainability innovators through the Living Building Challenge Affordable Housing Pilot Project pilot program beginning August 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016. Through this program the ILFI hopes to inspire regular use of the Living Building Challenge in affordable housing, learn from aspiring project's best practices, act as a hub to share lessons learned and support committed leaders in the field. The Institute looks forward to working alongside the teams on the path to exploring how affordable housing projects can be the most sustainable and healthy buildings in the world.


During the next year and a half, teams will receive Living Building Challenge education, membership benefits, a charrette, design development and construction documentation review. All support will be given on a rolling timeline, dependent on when the project intends to break ground.

The pilot projects range from Single Room Occupancy (SRO) to Multi-Family and Mixed-Use. The teams represent a community of professionals who are leading the affordable housing market in creating healthy, resilient, and restorative places for all by putting people and our planet first.

RurAL CAP Permanent Supportive Housing – Muldoon
Anchorage, AK
McCool Carlson Green


Deanwood Neighborhood Development
Washington, DC
Washington, DC Department of Housing and Community Development & District Department of Environment


Liberty Lane Apartments
Redlands, CA
A Community of Friends


HopeWorks Station, Phase II
Everett, WA
HopeWorks Social Enterprises & Housing Hope


Orchard Gardens
Sunnyvale, CA
First Community Housing


Coliseum Place
Oakland, CA
David Baker Architects, Resources for Community Development and the Association for Energy Affordability


Lawson House YMCA Renovation
Chicago, IL
Farr Associates & Holsten Development



Additional information regarding the Muldoon project:


  • 21,600 sf building for low-income housing tenants
  • 23 living units (2 bedroom and 1 bedroom)
  • This project will be the first Living Building Challenge Project built in Anchorage and possibly Alaska.
  • This project will operate for one year and demonstrate it has achieved all Living Building Challenge requirements prior to being certified as a Living Building Challenge project.
  • This project will not be built on virgin soil. The How How Chinese Restaurant will be demolished and our project will be placed in the exact footprint of the How How Chinese Restaurant.
  • The Living Building Challenge requirements which our project will obtain are:
    • Water – The project will realign how people use water and to redefine ‘waste’ in the built environment, by capturing water from the site and challenging outdated technology with efficient processes and fixtures.
    • Materials – This project has committed to using non-toxic materials throughout the construction of this building. Not only are materials specified due to their final content, but as well as the material’s manufacturing processes.
    • Beauty – Project will contain design features intended solely for human delight and the celebration of culture, spirit and place appropriate to its function and meaningfully integrate public art.


About McCool Carlson Green

McCool Carlson Green (www.mcgalaska.com) is an Alaskan-owned firm providing planning and design services in Alaska and beyond for more than 40 years. The firm focus is the design of high-quality civic, public, educational, and healthcare facilities that flourish in complex Alaskan environments and reflect the unique spirit of our state. MCG has accomplished some of Alaska’s largest and most significant projects, including the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport C Terminal Expansion; the Nesbett Courthouse in Anchorage; Clark Middle School, and the Alaska Airlines Center at University of Alaska Anchorage. Numerous MCG projects have been recognized with state, national, and/or international design awards, often noted for their thoughtful design and community engagement.




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