Station Center Family Housing

11th and M Streets
Union City, CA

  • Architect: David Baker Architects
  • Contractor: Barry Swenson Builders
  • Developer: MidPen Housing
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Credit: Bruce Damonte

This LEED Platinum-certified project is part of an ambitious plan to transform the Union City BART station into an intermodal hub.

Brought about by the Proposition 1C TOD voter-approved bond program, Station Center Family Housing is the affordable inclusionary component of the Union City master plan and is sited on a former brownfield. It is a six-story, Type-III wood-framed, mixed-use complex on a post-tensioned concrete podium, a portion of which is designed on conventional spread footings. The project accommodates 157 one-, two-, and three-bedroom affordable rental units, and includes ground level commercial spaces and parking for residents. A community room opens onto a fitness center and pool deck, and opens entirely to a grand courtyard,

The low-energy LEED Platinum-certified building used several complementary sustainable strategies—including solar domestic hot water, high-efficiency boilers, and rooftop photovoltaic arrays. Moreover, to additionally lower the project's carbon footprint, 45 percent of the cementitious material comprised slag or fly ash.

The project was awarded  a 2015 Growing Stronger Together: Public-Private Partnership Award from the Association of Bay Area Governments, as well as a 2013 ULI Global Award for Excellence.