Portfolio - Affordable Housing Architecture

Christopher Carvell Architects PC (CCA) is a progressive mid-size architectural firm located in Denver, Colorado. CCA is diverse, strategic and inspired- creating next generation environments overcoming barriers in the affordable housing architecture space.

FORMED BY CHRISTOPHER CARVELL IN 1995, CCA HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR MORE THAN EIGHT THOUSAND (8000) RESIDENTIAL UNITS, INCLUDING APPROXIMATELY THREE THOUSAND (3000) AFFORDABLE UNITS THROUGHOUT COLORADO AND THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN WEST.

The Triple Bottom Line

Diverse in scale, character and visual expression, CCA’s work has won many AIA and industry design awards for excellence.  Embracing the use of technology and sustainable practices, the firm’s projects create exceptionally humane environments.  CCA’s design philosophy emphasizes: a clear expression of the client’s program challenges (on-site workshop process); a comprehensive micro-master planning analysis of the character of the site’s surroundings, respect for the subtle qualities of the land, and the need for honoring a sense of place.  CCA takes a holistic approach to site planning, architecture and interiors.  This connects people with ideas, reinforcing space that encourages interaction and learning.  The firm’s work is recognized for its commitment to simplicity of structure and building form.  Energy efficient practices include optimizing the buildings orientation to control solar loads while maximizing daylighting and natural ventilation.  Other sustainable features include high performance building envelopes, the use of local indigenous materials and an implementation of community driven solutions.

HUD and LIHTC Financed Project Expertise

With a special expertise in Low and Moderate Mixed Income Housing Developments (30%, 50%, 60%, and 80% of AMI) CCA can offer creative designs for: Transitional and Work Force Housing, Independent Senior Living, Housing Specifically designed for the Mentally and Physically Disable; Disadvantaged Singles, Couples / Roommates and Families; on-site supportive services (case managers), medical, mental health, substance treatment and childcare programs.  Our team of qualified Architects has completed some of the most successful Mixed Income Housing Projects that contained Zoning, Design, Development, Neighborhood Consensus, Municipal and HUD Approvals.  Project funding sources are usually made available once our client has received a Tax Credit Award or a volume limited Tax-Free Bond Award.

Past funding sources included:

  • H.U.D. Rocky Mountain Office (Grants and Loan Programs)
  • C.H.A.F.A. (Tax Credits)
  • Colorado Department of Local Affairs Division of Housing
  • Federal Home Loan Bank (F.H.L.B.)
  • City and County Community Development Agency’s
  • Low Income Tax Credit Investors (Equity)
  • Colorado Division of Housing (Grants)
  • Enterprise Community Partners / Enterprise Social Investment Corp. (Housing Outreach Fund)
  • Denver Social Impact Bond Program (SIB)
  • Federal Department of the Interior (Historical Tax Credits)
  • Colorado Historic Society / State Historical Fund Awards

CCA’s clients include some of the regions most respected for-profit and not-for-profit affordable housing developers, City and County Housing Authorities, and LIHTC / HUD financed equity investors.  Relevant projects that have multiple funding sources follow:

Renaissance Riverfront Lofts at Railyard Marketplace / RiNo District – Denver, CO

Christopher Carvell Architects PC

Renaissance Riverfront Lofts at Railyard Marketplace / RiNo District – Denver, CO Renaissance Riverfront Lofts at Railyard Marketplace / RiNo District – Denver, CO
Renaissance Riverfront Lofts at Railyard Marketplace / RiNo District – Denver, CO Renaissance Riverfront Lofts at Railyard Marketplace / RiNo District – Denver, CO

Thomas Bean Towers Renovations and Expansion (Park Avenue Hope VI Redevelopment) – Denver, CO

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Thomas Bean Towers Renovations and Expansion (Park Avenue Hope VI Redevelopment) – Denver, CO Thomas Bean Towers Renovations and Expansion (Park Avenue Hope VI Redevelopment) – Denver, CO
Thomas Bean Towers Renovations and Expansion (Park Avenue Hope VI Redevelopment) – Denver, CO Thomas Bean Towers Renovations and Expansion (Park Avenue Hope VI Redevelopment) – Denver, CO

Boston Lofts (The Boston & Kissler Quill Building Renovations) – Denver, CO

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Boston Lofts (The Boston & Kissler Quill Building Renovations) – Denver, CO Boston Lofts (The Boston & Kissler Quill Building Renovations) – Denver, CO
Boston Lofts (The Boston & Kissler Quill Building Renovations) – Denver, CO Boston Lofts (The Boston & Kissler Quill Building Renovations) – Denver, CO

Grand Lowry Lofts – Denver, CO

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Grand Lowry Lofts – Denver, CO Grand Lowry Lofts – Denver, CO
Grand Lowry Lofts – Denver, CO Grand Lowry Lofts – Denver, CO

2075 Broadway / Renaissance Downtown Lofts – Denver, CO

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2075 Broadway / Renaissance Downtown Lofts – Denver, CO 2075 Broadway / Renaissance Downtown Lofts – Denver, CO
2075 Broadway / Renaissance Downtown Lofts – Denver, CO 2075 Broadway / Renaissance Downtown Lofts – Denver, CO

Renaissance Lowry Boulevard – Aurora, CO

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Renaissance Lowry Boulevard – Aurora, CO Renaissance Lowry Boulevard – Aurora, CO
Renaissance Lowry Boulevard – Aurora, CO Renaissance Lowry Boulevard – Aurora, CO