McEvoy and Dupont Apartments

The McEvoy and Dupont Apartments in San José, California, represents SERA’s most ambitious affordable housing project to date, providing 365 units to help address the state’s crucial housing needs for low-income residents. 

Designed for First Community Housing in design-build partnership with Lendlease, this 100% affordable development prioritizes sustainability, vibrant placemaking, cutting-edge construction techniques, and the health and wellbeing of residents. From the start, we worked with the client to set priorities for McEvoy: it should be beautiful, biophilic-designed, all-electric and crafted of healthy building materials. 

The design team selected a mass timber structure for the two 13-story towers because of its significant sustainability benefits, including embodied carbon reduction, a biophilic benefit for the residents, speed of construction, and significant weight reduction. Built in two phases, the first tower will feature 224 units comprised of 142 studios and 82 1-bedrooms for working individuals and couples. The second tower will provide 141 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments for families. Residents will have access to lush rooftop gardens, four rooftop community terraces overlooking San José and the mountains beyond, a generous podium-level urban farm, a courtyard play area, and generous community spaces throughout.  

Approved unanimously by the San José City Council in February 2020, this highly-sustainable, transit-oriented development will take full advantage of its location next to the Caltrain Diridon Station, a future stop on the California High-Speed Rail line and VTA’s Silicon Valley BART extension.