C. Williams Brooks Building

Hagerstown, MD

The C.Williams Brooks Building is one of the first affordable housing endeavors completed using ARRA funds. The new building for the Hagerstown Housing Authority provided 60 one-bedroom units of attractive, affordable housing for seniors while creating numerous jobs and local revenue.

The amenities available to the residents of the C. Williams Brooks MidÔÇÉRise are plentiful. The building provides a salon, library, fitness area and a large multi-purpose space. It was designed to the highest level of accessibility as requested by the client in order to allow its residents to age in place. All 60 units were outfitted with grab bars, ample clear floor space and adaptable cabinets which allow the Authority to make changes as their population changes and needs arise. The building’s proximity to adjacent structures operated by the Authority allows residents to interact with those from other buildings among the shared common spaces and functions.

This project also included a variety of green and environmentally friendly aspects, all outlined under Maryland’s Enterprise Green Communities program. Some of these features include a hybrid geothermal heating/cooling system, bamboo flooring, low/no VOC paints & materials, cement board siding/trim, Energy Star lighting and appliances and increased building envelope insulation U-values.

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Wintergreen Award
Excellence in Green Building
US Green Building Council (Maryland Chapter)

Commitment to Excellence Award
Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Practices (Multifamily) category
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)