Madison Apartments

High-Quality, Eco-Friendly Structure Built in Downtown Oakland.
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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