Buchanan’s Crossing Phase 3

In 2014 Tartan Residential began work on Buchanan’s Crossing Subdivision – A 40-unit duplex development serving families in Kansas City, Kansas. Phase 1 consisted of 16 units and was constructed with traditional wood-framed exterior walls and R-13 batt insulation. Phase 2 consisted of 8 units and was constructed with R-26 polyurethane-filled structural insulated panels. In all other respects, the first two phases were identical.

This side-by-side demonstration underscored the benefits of building with structural insulated panels. Although building with panels cost more than traditional stick-frame construction, we identified a long list of construction, operating and financial benefits associated with panelized construction.

Our design team took what we learned and engineered a 3-story garden apartment building using structural insulated wall panels. Davidson’s Landing, a 115-unit workforce housing development financed with tax-exempt bonds and located in Kansas City, Kansas is currently under construction utilizing this building system. We are currently about 70% complete, ahead of schedule and below budget. Our first units will be ready for occupancy in the next month or two.

A few weeks ago our team obtained a building permit to begin construction on Buchanan’s Crossing Phase 3, a 16-unit workforce housing development to be financed with tax-exempt bonds. Phase 3 will be constructed with R-18 graphite-infused polystyrene exterior wall panels. We plan to use high-efficiency water heaters and HVAC systems for this phase. And we plan to build one building with panels on one side of the duplex and lumber and fiberglass on the other side.

Our design team – which includes the Virginia Center for Housing Research and Mathis Consulting Company (principal Chris Mathis is an MIT-educated building performance specialist and an ASHRAE Fellow) – plans to create simulated living environments in these side-by-side units to observe and collect data on for one year. This one-of-a-kind comparison should highlight additional benefits of energy-efficient construction systems.

The following video gives and overview of this small, but exciting project. Feel free to contact Jeff Carroll at tartanresidential@gmail.com with any questions you may have regarding Tartan’s energy-efficient workforce housing development opportunities.

Grand Opening: Buchanan’s Crossing

On October 17, 2017, the grand opening was held for Buchanan’s Crossing – the newest fully-accessible development serving veterans and seniors in Kansas City, Kansas. The project’s sponsors, Tartan Residential (a North Carolina-based for-profit developer), Hughes Development Company (a local for-profit developer) and Northeast Economic Development Corporation (a local non-profit), were in attendance.


The mayor and several commissioners were also in attendance, as were some of the future residents, Horizon Bank (a regional lender providing construction and permanent funding for the project), Midwest Housing Equity Group (a regional investor in newly-constructed multifamily developments), and Bear Claw Construction (the general contractor).

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When completely built out, the project will include a total of 40 two- and three-bedroom duplex units in a mixed-income rental environment.


The project included a major off-site sanitary sewer improvement including a 144-foot bridge to make utilities available to the project and up to 400 additional units in the area.


Jeff Carroll (President of Tartan Residential) and Bob Hughes (President of Hughes Development Company) addressed the attendees at the grand opening, followed by a ribbon cutting and a walk-through for an available unit.

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According to Mr. Carroll, “This has been a work in progress for the past two years. We are excited to wrap up this phase of the development and look forward to bringing more units on line over the next couple of years.”

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