2RW Consultants, Inc. conducted a comprehensive inventory and physical needs assessment (PNA) of Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA) state-owned residential properties.
The PNA addressed more than 700 dwelling units at 15 different sites, with building types as diverse as fifty year old walk-up apartments, a 19-story high-rise, a congregate care facility housed in an architecturally significant former rectory and 1980s-era townhouse apartments.
The CHA project served as a beta test for the Capital Planning Systems (CPS) software that has been developed by Diversified Intelligence on behalf of the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and CHA. The software will be used for 250 housing authorities throughout Massachusetts. Based on the age and condition of building systems documented by the 2RW team, the CPS software determines the extent and cost of deferred maintenance and calculates the capital required to renovate existing building stock each year. The software also permits individual, one-time projects to be developed, estimated, and tracked in response to deficiencies observed in the field by 2RW. The software also can print modernization and capital improvement planning forms required by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for federally funded projects.
OWNER: Cambridge Housing Authority
SIZE: 700 units