Fort Irwin Military Housing Revitalization

Mojave Desert, CA

Mojave Desert, California

Our development plan for the revitalization of housing at Fort Irwin sets strategic priorities so that virtually every home, streetscape, and park or open space will be replaced, rebuilt or improved within the first seven years of our partnership with the Army. We have taken special care that the houses all have the qualities and capacities to become comfortable homes the minute that families move into them. Additionally, our homes have an enduring quality and an architecture derived from the local conditions and traditions of the area. When possible these homes are specifically sited to take advantage of the landscape and the wonderful long range views of the desert and mountains.

At Fort Irwin, the homes, designed in the Southwest Desert Style, are compatible with the harsh desert environment. These duplex courtyard and single family detached homes with 2-car garages have been carefully designed, depending upon their orientation to the sun, with roof overhangs and trellises over windows and doors facing south. The two-story homes have wrap around exterior courtyards to provide shade during the hottest part of the day and reduce glare on the interiors. With concrete tile roofs, high efficiency insulation in walls and roofs, energy and water efficient systems and appliances, and greywater re-use for backyard lawn irrigation, these homes achieve a fifty percent (50%) reduction in energy usage over standard design and construction methods.

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Project Data

family housing revitalization
715 new residential units for officer and enlisted families
renovation of 664 homes
mix of 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom units
handicapped accessible units
new community clubhouse
sport courts and playing fields

Sustainable Design Elements:
building mass and orientation
appropriate for solar conditions
high efficiency insulation
efficient appliances
greywater reuse for irrigation
local building style and tradition


Architectural Design
Community Meetings
Design Guidelines
Master Planning
Neighborhood Planning
Site Plan Approval
Urban Design
Design Charrettes


Builder's Choice Award


BALA Award

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