Cathy was excited for the opportunity to lead this development through design and entitlements -- new phase of ground-up high-quality affordable homes in Mountain View for MidPen Housing. Our excellent design team partners and MidPen team, together with the City & financial partners' input and efforts, achieved unanimous Planning Commission and City Council Approvals for these 62 new affordable apartment homes. This is the second phase to the existing 120-unit Shorebreeze affordable community.  Twelve existing affordable homes will be demolished, making way for the 62 new affordable homes, helping to address the shortage of affordable housing in the Bay Area.   We also developed the scope and financing sources for the rehab of the existing phase. 

Team:  MidPen Housing, DAHLIN Architects, BKF Civil Engineering, Thomas Baak Landscape Architects, City of Mountain View, Housing Trust Silicon Valley, CORE Builders pre-construction design team.



This project example is one of Cathy's favorites, a "soup to nuts" enterprise, which Cathy successfully led from schematic design through construction completion and lease-up phases.  This 211 unit apartment community was built with high quality finishes and views, located in Mountain View, and an existing parking garage shared with an adjacent office building.  The community was successful both financially and in the marketplace.

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 a new construction leasing office, THEN a second round of upgrades to the apartment homes about 10+ years later to meet demand for higher end B product locally.   This community is adjacent to the Stevens Creek bike trail, offering an easy bicycle commute to Google and a growing number of local high tech jobs and downtown.

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 reconstructions of older, concrete very low income senior apartment towers.  The new interiors are of 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 great construction team, for a very successful end product.

Team:  BRIDGE Housing, SHRA, SHARP, Deacon General Contractors, Ferrari Moe Architects and Engineers, 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 high quality and built to last..  This twin is across the street from Sutter's Fort, also near Midtown Sacramento.   In both cases, we successfully relocated all senior residents temporarily, multiple full floors at a time, achieving amazingly smooth logistics.  This twin had rooftop solar, and we installed a roof davit system allowing efficient window washing and exterior building maintenance. 

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

Financing: 9% Tax Credits, SHRA, Enterprise.


Cathy joined this team to help optimize the development's unit finishes and help with development and construction execution.  Similar to other Class A 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, our goal was to push the envelope for creating 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 level already A quality.   The homes have unique and beautiful interiors and amenities -- which include a state of the art fitness center and a rooftop terrace.  Cathy was excited to contribute to this team's fun success story.

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


This new apartment development acquisition closed while construction was underway, part of the large Archstone portfolio purchase. A special challenge was refining the design to meet Avalon's goals and needs as much as possible, without delaying the construction process.  The successful end product includes beautiful, high-quality modern finishes, an amazing ground floor self-serve dog wash for residents, a well-equipped fitness center, rooftop lounge, and a parking garage containing a mechanical stacking system to maximize parking.  This community is a couple blocks from the 4th Street shopping district in West Berkeley, & University exit I-80.

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


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.



This was another new development acquired as part of the Archstone portfolio purchase. Construction had begun, and the task was to redesign where possible to meet the needs of the new owner Avalon while respecting dual product (new and old). The product positioning was successful-- the new solid B low rise garden product works both marketing and exterior design-wise with the B-/C+ 1970s refurbished phase, unified with fabulous recreational amenities-- a large pool and sap, numerous tennis courts, and large fitness center. Both phases work together, each offering great value and quality under the "Eaves" brand.

Team:  AvalonBay, MBA Architects, Barry Swenson Builders.