• Livermore, California
  • MidPen Housing

Complementing the early California/Spanish architectural style of an existing house on the site that is on the historic register, Avance is an affordable and supportive residential community for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Arranged in a village of multiple smaller buildings—five residential, one community, and one office—Avance blends into the existing neighborhood of single-family homes while offering 44 units in a mix of studios and one-bedrooms. The historic house onsite was renovated, creating additional conference rooms and offices on the first floor and transforming the second floor into a residence for the property manager.

Drawing on the agricultural roots of Livermore, each building features a portrait of a unique natural element to serve as wayfinding signage. While original, colorful art pieces by local artisans from the developmentally disabled community are integrated into the interior design of communal spaces. Additionally, addressing the sensory sensitivities of many residents, the community building incorporates peaceful water blue color elements and a mixture of dining, lounge, and sensory adaptive high-sided chairs that provide respite from the sensory overload that can occur in shared spaces while remaining in community within that space. In addition to the dining area, the community building also houses a commercial kitchen, fitness, game and craft room. Outdoor amenities include a pickle ball court and community garden. An overlay of onsite activities and services like those found in senior living communities is provided while across the street is a large shopping center with grocery, restaurants, and retail shops.

Project Specs

Site Area:2.2 acres
Building Area:403-588 sqft studios | 515-911 sqft one-bedroom plans
Number of Units:44 apartments
Density/FAR:20 du/ac


2023 Gold Nugget Merit Award, Best Affordable Housing Community, under 30 du/ac

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