Madison Apartments

High-Quality, Eco-Friendly Structure Built in Downtown Oakland.
Oakland, CA
February 2008
20 months
Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
Affordable Housing Associates

Project Summary

When Nibbi Brothers began work on the Madison Apartments in Oakland, owned by Berkeley-based Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA), the company knew it would be working with an immovable budget. But Nibbi not only built Madison Apartments within SAHA’s budget; it also built a structure that has real value — not only to the owner/developer, but also to its occupants, the surrounding community and the environment.

Madison Apartments is a mixed-use, transit-oriented, infill development with 79 units of permanently affordable rental housing for low-income families. Twenty of those units are set aside for youth transitioning from foster care to independent living. The building consists of 16 studio, 36 one-bedroom, 21 two-bedroom and 6 three-bedroom units. The housing includes support services for all tenants, with a special focus on the youth. Multi-purpose rooms and a computer room provide space for tutoring, counseling and various meetings and after-school activities. A landscaped courtyard, a community room and a shared kitchen provide safe and comfortable places for activities and gatherings.

Located one block from Lake Merritt, Madison Apartments is an eight-story concrete building consisting of 88,000 sq. ft. with ground floor commercial and retail space, and 54 parking spaces on the ground floor. A three-level car stacking system (WOHR PARKLIFT 413) is being used to maximize living and commercial space in the building.

The project is LEED Silver certified. Sustainable building elements include:

  • Rooftop photovoltaic panels
  • Energy efficient hydronic heating system
  • Full-height operable windows for natural light and ventilation
  • 75% of all construction debris was diverted from landfill



  • 2010, Urban Land Institute, Award of Excellence
  • 2009, AIA East Bay, Special Housing Award
  • 2009, Urban Land Institute, Top 10 SF Bay Projects For Sustainable Design
  • 2008, AIA East Bay, Exceptional Residential Project