Joseph’s Dream is a 50-unit apartment community located on a hillside in the City of Bedford, VA. It is composed of five 4-unit buildings, five 6-unit buildings and one community center/office building. Each one-bedroom apartment unit measures 540 square feet. Joseph’s Dream is a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program project, designed to support the low-income elderly. Construction was completed in August 2010.
The project team consisted of Rev. David L. Moore of the Metropolitan Housing and CDC, Inc. of Washington, NC (sponsor), Brett Massey and Stan Starr (Housing Consultants), Hurt and Proffitt (Civil Engineering/ Land Development, Geotechnical Engineering, Surveying, and Construction Staking), Moore Riley Architects PA (Architecture), and E.D. Parker Corporation (General Contractor). This was the first project this team worked on together. The team is currently working on two additional HUD 202 projects: one in Christiansburg, VA and one in Franklin County, VA.
The major design challenge faced on this project was the topography. The site’s large footprint required a significant amount of earthwork and several tall segmental block retaining walls. Approximately 25,000 cubic yards was moved on this balanced site and rock was encountered in some of the cuts.