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The Rose: Sustainable and Affordable Housing
Can the terms sustainable and affordable be used in the same description of a multi-family housing complex? Learn how The Rose, a new apartment building in Minneapolis, was able to meet the demands of seemingly mutually exclusive qualities.

Join us for a summer tour and see how MSR Design and Aeon (the project lead developer) were able to use the rigorous Living Building Challenge as a framework for sustainable design, and end up with a beautiful project built for less than $160 per square foot. This project includes a solar water-heating system, a dedicated outdoor air system for indoor air quality improvement, a dual cistern whole-site rainwater collection system, a high performance rain screen building envelope, healthy materials and the provision for a future photovoltaic solar farm.

Date, time, location

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

The Rose Apartments
(Portland Ave S and Franklin Ave E)
1928 Portland Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55404


AIA Members $30
NonMembers $45

Continuing education

1.25 HSW LU Hours

Learning Objectives

  • Describe how sustainable design is achieved using the Living Building Challenge as a guide
  • Explain how this housing project used healthy materials to improve the quality of life for residents
  • Describe the process of building sustainable, mixed market rate, and affordable housing
  • Explain the application of sustainable strategies for mixed market rate and affordable housing


Paul C.N. Mellblom, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a Principal for MSR with 24 years of professional experience. Paul leads MSR’s multifamily housing design sector, having worked on 33 projects involving new construction, renovation, or adaptive reuse of multiunit residential buildings. He believes that everyone deserves to live in healthy, safe homes that preserve their dignity. He received a 2013 AIA Minnesota Louis Lundgren Award for his exemplary volunteerism and a 2005 AIA Minnesota Young Architects Award.

Blake Hopkins
joined Aeon in 2015 as a Senior Project Manager and brings seven years of experience working in affordable housing and community development. Blake’s responsibilities at Aeon include managing the housing development process from site acquisition through permanent financing conversion. Prior to joining Aeon, he worked as a Project Manager for an affordable housing development company in California. Blake has a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Southern California.

Angie Carey, a Sr. Site Manager with Aeon, became a member of the South Quarter development team in March 2010. Prior to joining the team, she managed commercial real estate for 12 years in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. Angie is accountable to enforce the lease, maintain receivables, manage the affordable recertification process, maintain the properties through regular maintenance and capital projects, and manage the South Quarter team. Angie also assists other Aeon managers by providing additional training as needed and participates in 3rd Precinct community safety groups.

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Contact Deanna Christiansen, Continuing Education Director