May 14, 2019– Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón (AD&V), the largest architecture and interior design firm in Puerto Rico, today announced construction has begun on the Jose Gautier Benitez development in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Master-planned and designed by AD&V, the new mixed-use and mixed income housing community will be located on the site of a former housing project.
AD&V is dividing the 21-acre development into six residential blocks, including five streets dedicated to family housing, and one reserved exclusively for elderly housing.
“Our design of the Jose Gautier Benitez development, encompassing small city blocks with connecting streets, takes into consideration pedestrian and vehicular traffic flows, and works within a human scale. This integration encourages economic activity, as well as promotes the social and economic development of the community,” said Ricardo Álvarez-Díaz, Co-Founder and CEO of AD&V.
AD&V is serving as both the architect and interior designer of the revitalization project, which will include 438 new one- and two-bedroom family apartments, as well as a five-story elderly housing facility featuring resident lounges, community rooms, and fitness and game rooms.
Site improvements designed by AD&V include new landscaping, street lighting, parking, walkways, playgrounds, community gardens, and other amenities typically associated with a market-rate development.
AD&V designed the Jose Gautier Benitez development with energy conservation and resiliency measures in mind, including insulated stormproof windows, environmentally conscious building materials and methods, energy efficient appliances, photovoltaic panels, emergency power generation, and universal design.
“In the wake of Hurricane Maria and other recent storms, Puerto Rico has learned the hard way that it must design and construct new buildings with sustainability in mind,” said Cristina Villalón, Managing Principal and Interior Designer of AD&V. “This means not only ensuring all our structures – from affordable housing to high-end residences and hotels – are built to withstand future natural disasters, but that they also have a more limited impact on the environment.”