Project: Faculty Housing
Location: Deerfield, MA

Windigo has designed a Green Housing Village for the faculty members of a private school in Massachusetts. The objective of the new housing project was to provide single family homes, duplexes, and eight new tennis courts, while retaining the two existing historic buildings on the south of the site and working within the environmental limitations of the surrounding area. The design concept was to create a sustainable community within the school's vernacular that connected the upper and lower sections of the campus.

Each unit was designed to be inherently energy efficient through modular construction, solar orientation, and a thermally holistic building shell. The housing community will also utilize active energy efficient building systems to significantly reduce energy costs and its carbon footprint.

Some of the sustainable features of these homes include walk-ability, modular construction, sustainable and renewable material resources, LED lighting, geothermal wells, solar panels, and passive heating from the sun. The buildings will mainly be occupied during the colder fall, winter, and spring months. The large windows on the southern walls and the low angle of the sun can act to heat the main living spaces during these chillier months. The natural sunlight will also light the living spaces during the day, thereby reducing the need for artificial lighting.

The individual housing units were custom-built at a modular facility in Maine. Using Windigo’s designs and specifications, a prefab company constructed the homes in small segments which were later placed on a truck bed and shipped to the site. In Massachusetts the individual prefabricated segments were unloaded from trucks and hoisted into place using cranes and on-site workers.

By using a modular system for construction, the amount of on-site work was greatly decreased. Once all the individual segments were pieced together, contractors worked to fasten and seal the seams in the units. Later, porches for each home were constructed and the Hardi Board siding was installed.

The majority of the interior spaces were already completed when the modular homes arrived at the construction site. This included windows, base molding, hardwood floors, kitchen cabinets and lighting fixtures.

On-site contractors installed plumbing for the kitchens and bathrooms as well as the stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, and other appliances. Epoxy flooring was installed in the basement of each home providing the possibility for the area to later be finished and used as additional living space.