The Vineyard on Lancaster

Fort Worth, TX


  • Community
  • Faith-Based
  • Residential
  • Multi-Family


  • mechanical / plumbing engineering
  • electrical engineering
  • civil engineering


  • 17,090 SF

BHB provided civil and MEP engineering and design services for two, new mixed-use buildings at Union Gospel Mission. One of the buildings is 8,500 SF and includes community programs, a clinic, and 60 apartments that are approximately 800 SF each. The second building consists of 2,340 SF of on-site case management and community space on the lower level and 44 apartments of around 870 SF each on the upper levels. The community space includes a community room, leasing office, and laundry services for residents. A total of 6,250 SF is also dedicated for parking.



The mechanical design included separate HVAC units for each family apartment, which allowed for easy maintenance and in-unit control for the residents. Exhaust from each apartment was served by a central exhaust system, which reduced energy demand.


One of the challenges when designing the HVAC system for this multifamily building was its structure. The lower floor-to-floor height reduced the overall construction cost and increased overall square footage, but presented design challenges due to the limited available ceiling space for ductwork, equipment, and piping. After careful coordination with the architect and structural engineer, it allowed the design team to play a creative role in integrating structure with the other elements housed within the ceiling space, such as ductwork and mechanical equipment. A central outside air system on each floor was also used to improve ventilation control and eliminate stack effect driven airflows that can adversely affect indoor air quality.

The electrical design planned for the future build-out of the shell space, which was sufficient during the construction of Club 1401 and the Medical Clinic located on the first floor of the mixed-use building.

A challenge was coordinating with the existing Oncor electrical distribution, which was required to be taken from overhead to underground, and reconnecting the existing Union Gospel Mission facilities. Due to the limited space for additional utility poles, a unique approach was to provide a single transformer that provided sufficient power for both buildings, where both buildings are connected to a utility secondary enclosure.


The buildings were able to assist 104 individuals and families during the global pandemic by providing affordable housing with purposeful amenities.

The Texas Apartment Association awarded The Vineyard on Lancaster the Affordable Housing Award for innovation in new affordable housing construction. Additionally, AHF (Affordable Housing Finance Magazine) bestowed the 2020 Readers Choice Award in the Special Needs category on the mixed-use development.

Key People

  • Richard J. Watters, PE

  • Ali Buron, PE

  • Thomas Wilson, PE