Trailhead Community – a Unique Multifamily Project for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

KGA is proud to be the architect for Trailhead Community, a new kind of integrated and intentional apartment community. Trailhead Community is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with developmental disabilities lead independent and productive lives. We’re currently working with them on an 83-unit multifamily project that will provide adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to live independently in a home of their own, while forming part of a larger community.

This 83-unit multifamily building will serve 3 distinct demographic groups. 50% of the units will be for adults with developmental disabilities, 25% for working professionals/millennials and 25% for active, middle income seniors. A cooperative management model will integrate all three tenant groups to make decisions about how the community will operate. The building will include state-of-the-art technology and Universal Design features to promote independence and safety for all residents.

Front Desk

About the Building

Trailhead Community requires a design that meets a broad spectrum of abilities, ages and needs. Our team at KGA took a holistic approach to the building design to balance an independent and cooperative living experience among residents, from building layout and universal design features to communal spaces and programming. We enjoyed a great working relationship with the Trailhead leadership team as we worked to include as much of its wish list as possible within the project’s budget constraints and county zoning restrictions.

The four-story building offers 83 living units – 45 studios, 30 one-bedrooms, and eight two-bedroom condominiums – that range in size from 437 to 1,023 square feet. All units include a functional kitchen and full bathroom with walk-in shower. One- and two-bedroom units also feature a separate living room space and a small den or home office, per plan. Three units are type A Americans with Disabilities Act design compliant, and all homes feature a host of type B ADA recommendations, including 36-inch doorways and blocking for future grab bar installation.

Cloverleaf Plan – Studio

Universal Design at Trailhead Community

Universal design principles guided floor plan layouts, features, and fixtures to create spaces that live well for all abilities and ages. Accessibility elements are fully integrated into each unit, offering a seamless and comfortable experience. Bathrooms, bedrooms and doors are larger to accommodate wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility devices. Instead of the traditional shower-bathtub combination, bathrooms feature walk-in showers with handheld showerheads and space for bench seating. Bathroom and kitchen counter heights are adjusted for accessibility in colors offering high contrast between flooring to assist those with visual impairments. Lever handle door hardware and single-lever faucets are installed throughout for ease of operation. Outlets and rocker- style light switches are placed in convenient locations within easy reach.

Cloverleaf Bath

Safety and Accessibility

Resident safety and damage prevention are also priorities in the design. Safety features include oven controls located at the front of the appliance instead of the back, cordless window blinds and a host of smart home automation, including appliance auto turn-off capabilities. In lieu of in-unit laundry rooms, a large community laundry facility is available for resident use. Condominiums come with pre-installed moisture detection features that will alert facilities management promptly of water leaks from plumbing or appliances.

Community Laundry Facility

Wayfinding and unit accessibility are also well integrated into Trailhead Community. A double-loaded hallway configuration allows for circulation that’s easy to navigate and complements the project’s site constraints of a narrow lot. Two elevators are available to residents, one oversized for moving day.

Hallway

Amenities and Shared Spaces

Shared spaces are situated on the first floor and feature a variety of amenities that can be enjoyed by all residents. A low-key fitness center and halfcourt gym encourage movement and exercise, while a reading room and intimate conversation area provide quieter spaces to relax and unwind. A well-appointed sensory media room and lounge offers space for film screenings, watching sporting events, and small concerts or shows.

Residents have the option of cooking meals in their homes or enjoying a meal in a shared dining room served by a commercial kitchen, an uncommon feature in many multifamily developments. As weather permits, large rollup doors open to a comfortable courtyard with seating for dining, socializing and enjoying a future community fireplace.

Architecture and Design

Safety, security, and accessibility are at the forefront of the building’s site and entryway. Building access is flat and requires no steps at the main or side entrances. A covered pick-up and drop-off driveway provides convenience and comfort. The porte-cochere is pedestrian scaled to impart a welcoming look and feel, and the entryway is the only area with a ceiling height higher than 9 feet. Main level amenity spaces feature abundant large windows to bring in natural light and to allow easy visibility to the outdoors and people entering and leaving the premises. Other security and safety features include video monitoring of hallways and common areas, well-lit walkways and parking areas, bike racks and lockers.

Trailhead Multifamily Community
Trailhead Community is currently under construction in Littleton, Colorado

Trailhead building architecture takes its cues from Colorado’s natural terrain and color palette. Warm, earthy tones in a combination of materials are welcoming, with various articulation in color and material to create depth and define the interior spaces. Exterior architecture in particular balances the site constraints with county zoning codes, including the necessity of a post tension slab due to soil conditions, building height maximums, and restrictive articulation guidelines.

K2 Residential Solutions is the general contractor and anticipates that construction will be complete by April 2024.

Giving back is one of our core values at KGA. We’re honored to be a part of this project and donate a portion of our services to Trailhead Community. It’s incredible what this group of passionate, motivated individuals have come together to achieve, and we can’t wait to see their vision transformed into a diverse, thriving apartment community. For more details and info on how you can help, or to apply to own or rent a home in Trailhead Community, visit trailheadcommunity.org.