Project Profile

Project Profile: Doan Classroom Apartments

The Victorian-era Doan School was once a historic landmark in Cleveland, Ohio, but by 2008, it sat abandoned and boarded. An Ohio non-profit affordable housing developer decided to do something about it.

The Famicos Foundation (Famicos) decided the vacant building would be an ideal space for affordable senior housing, but the team faced some challenges. The 100-year-old roof allowed water into the building and had to be completely renovated. The building’s ancient boilers and air-conditioning units needed to be removed. What’s more, Famicos wanted to convert the Doan School into an apartment building that would meet Cleveland’s high green building standards.

To solve these challenges, Famicos’ project manager, Mike Bier, reached out to Cleveland-based architecture firm, City Architecture, and mechanical engineer Joe Denk, Denk Associates. Denk found that the answer to these challenges was our Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning system. “For this historically-demanding installation, the Mitsubishi Electric VRF engineering solved a host of problems,” Denk said.

Famicos was pleased with the system’s performance. “A VRF zoning system was ideal for the adaptive reuse of the Doan School because the units are nonintrusive, reliable, simple to install and extremely quiet. We have not had a single complaint,” said Bier.

Our VRF zoning system also helped the building earn an Enterprise Green Communities certification along with an $8,000 rebate from Cleveland Public Power’s Efficiency Smart program.

Click here to learn more about the Doan School’s renovation and transformation into the Doan Apartments.