November 13, 2017
Albuquerque, NM – WISHROCK celebrates its first Enterprise Green Communities Certified* development in New Mexico: Rio Vista Apartments. The most visible measure is an on-site solar array that will help transition the property to a clean energy future. Numerous other building improvements – including resilient flooring, ENERGY STAR appliances, a cutting edge VRF heating and cooling system, new windows, and LED fixtures – contributed to the preservation of affordable, healthy housing for 75 senior and special needs residents. WISHROCK partnered with the Albuquerque Housing Authority, Bernalillo County, MFA, local utility providers, HUD, and Boston Financial Investment Management, to secure financing for this energy-efficient housing rehabilitation.
“Rio Vista represents the culmination of affordable housing preservation and green development. Combining solar power with building improvements that maximize energy and water efficiency will help us dramatically lower utility costs and enhance this community asset for years to come,” says Tyson O’Connell, the lead WISHROCK developer on this project.
At Rio Vista and across its portfolio, WISHROCK operates as a triple bottom line company – with financial, social, and environmental goals at the core of its mission. As a Better Building Partner, the company aims to reduce portfolio-wide energy use by 20 percent and to provide low-income communities with a healthy living environment.
*Enterprise Green Communities Criteria and Certification promotes energy and water efficiency, healthy housing, and resource conservation. To receive this national certification, an affordable housing developer must meet many criteria involving integrative design, location and neighborhood fabric, site improvements, water and energy conservation, and green building materials.
Trisha Miller, Chief Sustainability Officer
The principals of WISHROCK have been working together to successfully create and maintain safe and supportive affordable housing communities for the past 10 years. WISHROCK is active in 9 states, where we focus on the acquisition and rehabilitation of existing affordable housing communities, often in difficult settings and challenging markets. We take great pride in preserving the affordability of the communities we purchase and redevelop. Our company is committed to our residents through dedicated empowerment services, and by operating at the forefront of sustainability.