Native American Connections (NAC) is all about improving the lives of individuals and families through Native American culturally appropriate behavioral health, affordable housing, and community development. It’s no surprise that they incorporate LEED into their work to provide their tenants a higher quality of life while ensuring a sustainable, healthier future.

CHASSE Building Team is proud to partner with NAC on building sustainable, quality affordable housing. Check out some of their LEED for Homes Multifamily Platinum developments we’ve helped them build below:


Landmark is a new affordable, independent housing development centrally located in Glendale, Arizona that serves very low-income seniors 62 years and older. Located on what was once a vacant 4 acre parcel in central Glendale, this 52-unit development serves those who are no longer able to live on their own, but too independent for a nursing home. The property features community BBQ’s, an on-site dog park, library, media room, and fitness center.

Receiving LEED Certified Gold, Landmark Senior Housing was built with energy efficiency in mind! The building uses less water and energy and produces a reduced amount of greenhouse gas emissions.


This LEED Platinum complex includes 74 affordable apartment units with studio, one, two and three-bedroom layouts. Incorporated into its design are many sustainable initiatives that provide a positive impact on both the environment and community. Encouraging tenants to use public and green transportation methods, Cedar Crossing provides secure bicycle storage and is located next to the Encanto Light Rail Station. Additionally, the landscape surrounding the building was designed with water conservation in mind. Drought tolerant plants adorn the outside, reducing irrigation requirements. High efficiency HVAC and plumbing were utilized to reduce electrical and water needs. Additional amenities include community barbeque areas, basketball court, fitness center and playground.

Cedar Crossing was awarded a 2016 Housing Hero Award presented by the Arizona Department of Housing. This award recognizes the efforts of local programs that create, improve or promote affordable housing.


This LEED Platinum Certified project included the redevelopment of an existing office complex in downtown Phoenix into a 70 unit Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), multi-family, mixed income rental project. The complex consists of studios, one, two and three-bedroom living spaces and include the following amenities for the future residents: a gated, secure parking garage, a small theatre room, a multipurpose room, a fitness center, and an “active” courtyard with barbecues, gathering areas, and a playground. Urban Living 2 is only minutes away from the light rail in the heart of downtown Phoenix close to jobs, shopping, and the best cultural, art and dining hot-spots in the Valley!


Stepping Stone Place, a revitalized affordable housing community, is a vibrant remodel of a dilapidated campus. Stepping Stone provides 82 fully furnished units to individuals who have suffered chronic homelessness as well as persons afflicted with HIV/AIDS. Formerly serving 40 inhabitants in antiquated facilities, including two nearly 100-year-old boarding houses, the project team leveraged the opportunity of a new structure to provide enhanced accessibility to the two 1920’s era buildings as well as create a backdrop for a ceremonial courtyard to reinforce the importance of cultural traditions in healing the spirit.

The design team responded with an articulated facade that protects the glazing for the majority of the day and creates a play of shadows that recalls textures of Native American basketry traditions. The roof geometry interacts with the hipped and gable hipped roofs of the historic boarding houses on site which have been completely refurbished to provide additional community gathering space and offices for supportive service staff. The project team achieved the goals of the campus while at the same time earning a LEED for Homes Platinum Certification for the project.


The Patina Wellness Center consists of two structures connected by a central culturally amenitized courtyard. The 30,000 SF, 3-story structure will provide behavioral health services and counseling to an underserved and distressed population. Amenities on this LEED Silver Project include a full commercial kitchen, fitness center, talking circle for group therapy, 18 ADA Accessible sleeping pods segregated between male and female residents, sweat lodges, basketball court, family visitation area, child play area, arts and crafts programs, onsite job and life skill training, reflecting pond with bronze sculpture, and numerous programs designed to foster healing and personal growth. The 9,200 SF single story building will house the Administrative staff for multiple Native American Connections affiliated organizations and three ADA Accessible transitional housing units for people who have progressed through the programs provided at this facility and who are ready to reintegrate back into society.

Check out this video tour of the Patina Wellness Center!

To read more about the 2017 LEED Homes Award Recipients click here. For more information on Native American Connections and how you can get involved, click here