Representative Projects


Our design team and partners attained unanimous Planning Commission and City Council Approvals for 62 new affordable apartment homes. This is the second phase to an existing 120-unit affordable apartment community, 120 units in Mountain View -- Shorebreeze.  Twelve existing affordable homes will be removed, making way for 62 new affordable homes to be built, helping alleviate the dire shortage of local affordable housing.  Look for construction to start Fall 2018.

Team:  MidPen Housing, DAHLIN Architects, BKF Civil Engineering, Thomas Baak Landscape Architects, City of Mountain View, Housing Trust Silicon Valley


This project example is one of our favorites, a "soup to nuts" enterprise, which Cathy had the privilege of leading from schematic design through construction completion and lease-up phases.  This 211 unit apartment community was built with high quality finishes and views, with an excellent Mountain View location, Los Altos schools, and uniquely arranged shared parking with the adjacent office building in a dual-owned garage. 

Team:  AvalonBay Communities, Webcor Builders, BAR Architects and Interiors.


Creekside is a fun example of a fairly extensive garden apartment rehabilitation (1960s original product) plus new leasing office, THEN a second round of upgrades to the apartment homes about 10+ years later to meet demand for solid B end product.   Cathy was privileged to come back and serve as the lead developer & project manager once again.  This community is adjacent to the Stevens Creek bike trail, facilitating an easy bicycle commute to growing number of local high tech jobs and town.

Team:  AvalonBay Communities, AVB construction team, Fennie & Mehl Architects, Van Dorn Abed Landscape Architects.


This is one of two "twin" reconstructions in Sacramento, both gut rehabs of older, concrete very low income senior apartment towers.  The new interiors are good quality and built to last; upgrades included all new windows and interior finishes.  Upgrades were made to the community room as well including new furnishings.  This "twin" is situated in the thriving Midtown area.  Cathy led the reconstruction team for lead developer BRIDGE Housing, collaborating closely with Sacramento Housing Authority, SHARP and financing partners, a very high caliber construction and design team, for a very successful and solid finished product!  

Team:  BRIDGE Housing, SHRA, SHARP, Deacon General Contractors, Western Contract Interior Design.

Financing:  4% Tax Credits, Tax Exempt Bonds, SHRA, Merritt Capital


This is the second of the two "twin" reconstructions in Sacramento, both gut rehabs of older, very low income senior apartment towers. The improvements made to these homes, including all new interior finishes and windows, were of high quality, built to last.  This one is across the street from Sutter's Fort, near Midtown as well.   In both cases, we successfully relocated all senior residents temporarily nearby, multiple full floors at a time, achieving as smooth as possible logistics with the help of Autotemp.  This twin had rooftop solar, and a special roof davit system allowing efficient window washing and building maintenance. 

Team:  BRIDGE Housing, SHRA, SHARP, and Deacon General Contractors, Western Contract Interior Design.

Financing: 9% Tax Credits, SHRA, Enterprise investor.


Cathy was asked to join this team to help fine tune the development's unit finishes and optimize development execution.  Similar to other Class A new apartment developments Cathy led for AvalonBay as Development Director, including Avalon at Mission Bay Phase 1, Avalon Towers on the Peninsula, and Avalon at Cahill Park, for Hayes Valley, we truly pushed the envelope for high quality finishes for market-rate apartments, which was very fun.  We developed three tiers of high-end, depending on location within the community, floor and finish level, with the base finish already A quality.   This community is located in the City of San Francisco at the corner of Octavia and Fell, where the old Fell-Laguna offramp used to be, in a now thriving and vibrant Hayes Valley neighborhood.  The homes have truly fabulous and unique interior finishes, and amenities -- which include a state of the art fitness center, and rooftop terrace.  The end result was really fantastic, and Cathy was very happy to contribute to the team's success story!

Team:  AvalonBay Communities, Pyatok Architects, AvalonBay internal construction team, Elliot Dilworth Interior Design.


This new development was a special undertaking, a new apartment community purchased as construction was underway, as part of the Archstone portfolio, closed in bulk by Avalon.  Part of the challenge for this project was gently redirecting the design to meet Avalon's goals and design needs as much as possible with construction already underway.  The end product now includes beautiful, high quality modern finishes, an amazing self-serve dog wash amenity for residents ground floor, a well-equipped fitness center, parking garage with mechanical stacking system, and rooftop lounge area.  This community is a couple blocks from the newer 4th Street shopping district in West Berkeley, & University exit I-80.

Team:  AvalonBay Communities, Johnstone Moyer General Contractors, Gould Evans Architects.


This was another unique new development also acquired as part of the Archstone bulk purchase, construction underway, needing to be completed to meet the needs of the new owner, Avalon.   This was a new construction phase being added to an existing, very large 1970s former Oakwood community.   Much care was taken to select phase 2 finishes and price positioning that worked for both phases, a new solid B low-rise garden product, with a fantastic shared amenity package.  Our task was to optimize the new product while respecting the old, offering good value ("eaves" brand).  The new phase is in the back of the larger community.  The total development now includes 750 + units.

Team:  AvalonBay Communities, MBA Architects, Barry Swenson Builders.


Cathy led the design and development of this 250-unit new development schematic design through early construction.  This community is the first of three Avalon at Mission Bay phases now fully built along King Street in San Francisco, one block from the AT&T ballpark, and across from SF CalTrain.  Piles were driven deep underground for long term stability on fill land with a high water table.  The end product was and remains beautiful, inside and out, and includes 21 affordable BMR units interspersed throughout the community.   The quality finishes are standing the test of time.

Team:  AvalonBay Communities, Fisher Friedman (design architect), HKS Architects (construction drawings & CA architect), Larissa Sand (Metal Artist for front canopy), Marta Fry Landscape Architects, Turner Construction.