Hard work and persistence have finally paid off as residents of Wolf Creek Lodge get ready to move into their new neighborhood.
The winner of the California State 2011 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for Sustainable Communities, the project will be the fifth senior cohousing community completed in the country and the first completed since the recession, according to a news release.
Wolf Creek Lodge demonstrates an innovative approach to environmental and social sustainability by creating a neighborhood where seniors can support each other.
Cohousing architects and authors Katie McCamant
and Chuck Durrett began the project by coalescing a group of interested people in 2006.
These seniors envisioned a vibrant neighborhood made up of 30 privately-owned one- and two-bedroom homes, shared open spaces and a 4,000-sqaure-foot common house for community gatherings, cooperative activities and guest accommodations.
That buyers group — now 23 households strong — has already formed its social community as members worked together over the last six years on the community’s design and development.
Both the community’s location and its design add
to its environmental sustainability.
Located within easy walking distance of stores and restaurants, the community has
set aside 3.5 acres of permanent open space along Wolf Creek.
In addition, McCamant & Durrett Architects designed the building to be extremely energy efficient (60 percent better than current California code) with solar panels providing domestic hot water and a radiant (in-floor) heating system. Building materials were chosen to minimize impact on the environment and to enhance indoor air quality.
Originally slated to start construction in the summer of 2008, the international economic crisis and collapse of construction financing delayed the project for two years.
To find out about Wolf Creek Lodge or to look into joining the community, visit www.wolfcreeklodge.org or call (530) 478-1970.