Serenity Senior Housing


Serenity Senior Housing

One of our favorite projects to date, bringing the vision of Herman Coliver Locus Architecture to life was the biggest challenge of this project.

The Serenity housing project replaced 5 single-family residential lots to accommodate more residents here—something our community needs, and Element is deeply committed to supporting.

East Palo Alto

Completed in

square feet

Affordable Housing


Innovation requires ingenuity

A pie-shaped structure with tuck-under garage, this project utilized multiple seismic lateral systems. The tuck-under area used steel moment frames and concrete shear walls. At the front, a combination of these lateral systems along with conventional wood shear walls were used. From the offset placement of the structure against the roadway to the shape of each unit itself, there are engaging angles everywhere.

We offered immense support to the contractor, L&D Construction, as they continually asked: “What angle is this?” The requirement for intimate coordination between architect, engineer and contractor is our strength. Our first of many ground-up projects for MidPen Housing Corporation, it remains one of our favorites.

Key Features:

  • Multi-Unit
  • Community Living

Learn more about our structural engineering expertise in affordable housing projects here.

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