Studio Completiva was hired to design Phase IV of the Mariposa redevelopment project – a mixed-use, multi-residential building consisting of approx. 12,400 SF of storefront commercial space, 23,000 SF parking and 88,500 SF of residential units. Transforming a once-distressed public housing complex into a neighborhood that prioritizes affordability, active transportation, cultural diversity, and healthy living. The firm focused on furthering the Mariposa Healthy Living Initiative created to comprehensively address community health throughout the redevelopment. The design goals were to promote physical, mental, community and environmental health.
The design of the “active staircase,” funded by the Colorado Health Foundation, is wider than standard stairs and includes buttons in the railings that trigger sounds and lights to make taking the stairs attractive. Other items worth mentioning regarding active design: on-site exercise facility, outdoor playscape, and shade structures for community connectivity and respite.