Building or apartment

Cutts Avenue Apartments - Phases 1 and 2


Saco, ME


Shields Architecture


Structural Building, Renovation and Foundation Design

The overall project consisted of two phases: A renovation of an existing church building to convert into apartment units (Phase 1) and a new stand-alone apartment building (Phase 2).

Phase 1 of the project will see the revitalization of this old community church building, transforming it into much needed housing for the City of Saco, ME. The project features the use of wood and steel to create three new residential floors within the existing church sanctuary space and a mezzanine floor level within the existing timber roof truss space. The existing timber roof trusses required modification and reinforcement to accommodate the new residential space. Five new roof dormers were also added within the new space.

The Phase 2 structure consists of a new five story apartment building of approximately 31,000 s.f. that includes at-grade parking below a 2nd level podium structure supporting residential units at levels 2 – 5. The podium level is constructed of a concrete elevated slab on structural steel beams, girders and columns bearing on a conventional shallow foundation system. The structural system for the residential levels consists of wood floor and roof framing bearing on cold-formed steel “Ultraframe” structural insulated wall panels by “Wally Walls.”