Crescent Apartments/Wilson House
This project was a complete historic renovation of two existing structures, the Crescent Apartments and the Wilson House located in the Hamnett Historic District in Wilkinsburg. These buildings were vacant and severely deteriorated with significant portions of both buildings being collapsed. The project was restored according to the Secretary of Interior Standards and will soon be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This 40,000 SF project consists of 27 units of affordable housing. It is one of the largest restoration projects in Wilkinsburg to date.
Built to Energy Star standards, the renovations included extensive and careful demolition due to the level of deterioration. Mechanical systems include high-efficiency air handling units and rooftop condensing units. Low-flow plumbing fixtures were installed, and all light fixtures were Energy Star rated. A combination of spray foam Icynene and fiberglass insulation were used to improve the building’s thermal envelope, as well as energy efficient wood windows. Low VOC paints and sealers were used throughout along with Green Seal carpets and linoleum floor systems.