Monarch Mills

Columbia, MD


Shelter Development, LLC


Grimm + Parker Architects


The redevelopment of Guilford Gardens. 10 new garden apartment buildings with LEED Gold certified clubhouse.


HUD 221(d)(4)

Project Scope
  • 269 units
  • 336,151 gsf
  • 22.60 acres
  • Wood Frame
  • Cementitious Siding
  • Stone Veneer
  • Elec. Split System Heat Pump

Monarch Mills

LEED for NC Gold (Clubhouse)

Monarch Mills was a partnership development project between Howard County and Shelter Development to revitalize a 1970s community in Columbia, Maryland. The project scope called for Harkins to demolish 11 existing apartment buildings and construct 269 new rental apartments that provide a mixture of multi-generational and mixed income units. A swimming pool, clubhouse, and volleyball court are among the site amenities.

The residential buildings are designed to meet Green Communities standards, and the clubhouse was certified LEED for NC Gold. Among the many green features are geothermal wells, high-efficiency light fixtures, and rain-harvesting cisterns funded with federal money. Multiple funding sources were used, including LIHTCs.

The project was the recipient of the 2012 Maryland Governor’s Award for Commitment to Excellence in Rental Housing, and the 2013 HAND Housing Achievement Award for Best Large Affordable Housing Project.


HAND - Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers
Best Large Affordable Housing Project
Housing Achievement Awards

Governor's Housing Conference
Commitment to Excellence
Rental Housing

Green Project

Enterprise Green Communities (Certified)

Rain harvesting cisterns
Water conserving appliances and fixtures
Energy Star appliances
Energy efficient lighting
Recycling 75% of construction waste
Use of recycled materials
Use of regional products
Low VOC finishes (including paints, carpets, adhesives, and sealants)
Composite wood products free of urea-formaldehyde
HVAC system featuring geothermal wells (senior building)

LEED for NC Gold Certified Clubhouse

Water use reduction 30%
Optimize energy performance 21%
Construction waste divert 75%
Recycled materials 20%
Regional materials 10%
Low emitting materials
Asphalt roof shingles for higher reflectivity, reducing heat island effect

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