Woodward Lofts, one of Trivers’ recent multifamily housing projects, was named a winner of the American Institute of Architects prestigious 2023 Housing Awards. According to the AIA, it is one of only 10 projects in the United States emblematic of the best in housing design for new construction, renovations and restorations. This year’s class of winners was selected from a pool of submissions spread across eight categories: one- and two-family custom residences; one- and two-family production homes; multifamily housing; specialized housing; excellence in affordable housing; mixed-use community connection; community-engaged design; and universal dwelling design.
Built as a commercial printing firm in the 1920s, Woodward Lofts is a monument to the evolution of industrial factory design and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014. Trivers preserved the original beauty of the vacant, 235,000-square-foot building by renovating it into 164 loft-style apartments that utilize dramatic window openings, an open floor plan and soaring clerestory monitors. By utilizing cross laminated mass timber floors for lofts within units, Trivers reduced the depth of the floor assembly by over 12 inches and created a Total Potential Carbon Benefit of 376 metric tons over a traditional floor assembly.