The Jackson Renaissance is a 48 unit, independent seniors’ apartment project in Davenport, Iowa. The project consists of two buildings, a 4-story existing National Historic Landmark and a new 3-story addition with connector link. The existing building is a historic school building, originally built in 1893, listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The existing school was converted into 24 one and two bedroom dwelling units and also includes a variety of common spaces for resident use. These spaces include a club room, library, fitness center and computer center. The new building includes 24 one-bedroom units and has been designed as a sensitive and complementary addition to the historic structure. All of the dwelling units are accessible for seniors with disabilities.
The project includes several sustainable design features and was certified through Iowa’s Green Streets program. Primary sustainable features include a geothermal heat pump system for all heating and cooling, increased building insulation, new insulated glass units in the historic building windows and advanced storm water management techniques to minimize run-off. Energy Star appliances, energy efficient light fixtures and water conserving fixtures were used throughout the units in order to reduce residents’ utility costs. The site includes a walking path and resident gardening area as well as a wide variety of native plantings.