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2022 Award Winners



Adaptive Reuse, Multifamily


Buena Esperanza

Community Impact Award

Anaheim, California

Architect/Designer | Y & M Architects

Builder | Jamboree Quality Development and Construction, Inc.

Developer | Jamboree

Land Planner | City of Anaheim

Landscape Architect/Designer | Mark Beall & Associates

Interior Designer | JAG Interiors, Inc.

Photographer | Juan Tallo Photography

Buena Esperanza — an adaptive reuse of a blighted, two-story former Econo Lodge — provides permanent housing with onsite supportive services for 69 residents formerly or at risk of homelessness, chronically homeless with a mental health diagnosis, and veterans.

The first motel conversion under the city’s streamlined, first-of-its-kind motel conversion ordinance, Buena Esperanza became a prototype model for California’s $2.75 billion Homekey program. The conversion of this Spanish-style commercial motel featured interior and exterior modernization of an existing two-story building, including a two-story addition for leasing and onsite management offices, meeting rooms and a computer lab.

A new 1,800-square-foot community center provides a resident lounge, large community kitchen, large community pantry providing household, cleaning and personal hygiene free to residents. Fully furnished studio apartments include a kitchenette and full, private bath. Other amenities include a patio/barbecue area, laundry facilities and a community garden, along with updated landscaping, and furnished outdoor courtyards.

Buena Esperanza is designed to be GreenPoint Rated for energy efficiency. Energy-efficient apartments are equipped with ENERGY STAR appliances and lighting fixtures, and ceiling fans, helping reduce utility bills throughout property.

From the Judges
The design is not only well done, it has a great story that hopefully will encourage other home building professionals to develop similar projects. A former EconoLodge got a complete facelift as a mission-style apartment building for supportive housing needs, and provides not only a great service but complements newer developments to make it feel like part of the community.  

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