Portland's First PHIUS+ Affordable Multifamily Housing

Exterior shot of Bayside Anchor
Portland, ME
Friday, April 7, 2017

CEUs Pending: 2.5 AIA LU/HSW, 2.0 BPI, and certificates of participation are available

On April 7, 2017 NESEA held a tour of Bayside Anchor, a recently-completed 45 unit apartment building in downtown Portland, ME.  The building is a joint venture of the Portland Housing Authority and Avesta Housing, designed by Kaplan Thompson Architects and built by Wright-Ryan Construction.  The project originated as the winning entry in “Lowering the Cost of Housing,” a 2013 national competition organized by Deutsche Bank.

Attendees heard about the strategies that allowed the team to build Bayside Anchor to the very low cost of $142 per square foot, achieving the maximum affordability points under the State of Maine scoring system. The building was built to PHIUS+ certification standards and is the first new building commissioned by the Portland Housing Authority in over 40 years.

Project Overview

  • 38,000 sq.ft.
  • 45 units of affordable housing
  • Wood framed throughout, with cellulose wall insulation
  • 50kW PV rooftop array installed on ballasted rack mounts
  • Air-sealing is 0.05 CFM50 /ft2  (compared to typical 0.25 CFM50 / ft2)


12:30 PM

Doors open, registration, networking and coffee

1:00 PM

Welcome by NESEA, overview of the project by the host

1:45 PM

Group walks together to project site

2:00 PM

Tour of Bayside Anchor begins; attendees rotate through content-specific stations

3:45 PM

Group Reconvenes & walks back meeting point

4:00 PM

Reception with light refreshments

4:15 PM

Q&A Panel with members of project team

5:00 PM

Event Concludes


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