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Project Description:

This senior studio project is the design of a mixed use building, which is not only functional but has distinct character or visual concept and will explore the idea of an integrated, sustainable design. The goal is to explore ways that design can enhance people’s lives through the lens of Sustainability, embodying the ideas of health and wellness and community. The focus of the project is to create a design concept and conceptual design project expressing Sustainable Design.


Seaside Heights is a mixed-use apartment building that promotes community wide active living and healthy lifestyle by creating a comfortable and inviting environment for all people. The building is located in Downtown Milford, right off the Long Island Sound. Seaside Heights encourages community by promoting movement whether you are indoors or outdoors and promoting healthier food choices. These community goals are incorporated throughout the building using spaces that focus on group active living and locally sources organic produce in the projects juice bar. Seaside Heights emphasizes Milford’s natural environment by using large windows that give views of the Long Island Sound and brings more open green space back to very developed downtown.

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Juice Bar

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Fitness Center

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Tenant Lobby

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Tenant Apartment

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Concept Diagram

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Pattern Map

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Relationship Diagram

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Criteria & Adjacency Matrix

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Relationship Nodes

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  • The area was occupied by indigenous peoples for thousands of years

  • English colonists affiliated with the contemporary New Haven Colony purchased land which today comprises Milford, Orange, and West Haven on Feb. 1, 1639, from Ansantawae, Chief of the local Paugusset

  • Because of its location on the Long Island Sound, during the late 19th century, Milford also became known as a beach resort for residents of New Haven and Bridgeport

  • In the post-World War II period, Milford—like many Connecticut towns—underwent significant suburbanization. Interstate 95 was routed through town, and the Milford section was completed in 1958

  • The 1960’s and 1970’s witnessed the construction of the Connecticut Post Mall, one of the state’s largest shopping malls, and the extensive commercial development of the town’s stretch of the Boston Post Road.


  • According to the 2010 census Demographic Profile data, there were 51,271 people living in 21,017 housing units of which 13,534 were counted as family households

  • 58.8% of the population ranges in age from 18-65 years old

  • The racial make of up Milford is 86.9% White, 3.3% Black, 6.8% Asian, 5.8% Hispanic or Latino, 0.1% Native American

  • 42.6% of the population has a Bachelor’s degree or higher

  • Milford has 21,698 households, and 2.41 people per household

  • Median household income is $91,783. Per capita income in the past 12 months was $50,037


  • Milford has a total of 25.13 square miles, of which 21.91 square miles is land and 3.23 square miles is water

  • Milford’s Devon neighborhood is located at the mouth of the Housatonic River near Stratford, and features the Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center overlooking the estuary

  • Milford has over 14 miles of shoreline facing the Long Island Sound, the most of any town in Connecticut

  • Milford owns three islands in the Housatonic River: Fowler Island, Duck Island, and Nells Island

  • Charles Island, which is part of the Silver Sands State Park, and it has a protected bird nesting ground.


  • 66.9% of the population in the civilian labor force age 16 years and older

  • 62.2% of the population in the civilian labor force is female

  • The median value of owner-occupied housing units in Milford is $312,500

  • The median gross rent in Milford is $1,580

  • Distribution of house sales: 44 homes for less than $100,000; 123 homes ranging from $100,000-$199,999; 211 home ranging from $200,000-$299,999; 132 homes ranging from $300,000-$399,999; and 96 homes ranging $400,000 or more

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