On December 12th, 2012, the Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County broke ground on the Canon Perdido Affordable Homes project. It will consist of a 12-home development, providing safe, decent, and affordable housing for local, low-income families. Below is a photo of the new partner families breaking ground on the site of their future homes! We had the privilege of being involved in both the civil and structural design of the project. Teaming up with Ed DeVicente of DeVicente + Mills Architecture, Ashley & Vance's Bob Winslow, P.E. and Monte Soto, P.E. collaborated on this low-impact civil design. Faced with the challenges of a compact site, they utilized a number of efficient, cost-conscious design elements to improve the overall feel and flow of the project--some of which included pervious pavers, underground detention systems, storm water filtration, and community open space. Effective design continued into the buildings as Jordan Denio, P.E. tackled the structural elements for all 12 units. Utilizing conventional foundations, renewable resources, advanced framing practices, and pre-manufactured roof trusses, Jordan was able to design efficient, cost-conscious homes without sacrificing structural integrity. We're proud to be a part of a project that's literally changing lives for the better!