COST CONTROLS WERE crucial in the remodel of this 10-story residence for low-income seniors. In the realm of safety upgrades, architect Steven Kodama increased the shear value of existing walls with carbon fiber-wrap, a technology used for repairing freeways after earthquakes. Unlike concrete, the fiber-wrap rendered footings unnecessary, thus expediting the construction timetable and saving what would have amounted to a quarter million dollars in additional costs.

The makeover also looks great. Dryvit thermal cladding and a crown of metal roof panels transform a ho-hum concrete-masonry building into a handsome structure that brings dignity to its occupants, and is more sympathetic to its contemporary surroundings.

Category: Focus on affordability; Entrant/Architect: KodamaDiseño, San Francisco; Builder: Swinerton Builders, San Francisco; Developer: The Salvation Army, San Francisco; Landscape architect: Smith & Smith, San Francisco

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