C&S Design & Engineering is an established firm with over thirty years of experience.  With the recent addition of framework design, inc, a fifteen year-old design-build firm, we have created a robust multi-disciplinary practice with nationwide experience.  In partnership with Black Wolf Construction, a minority-owned business, we provide a team of architects, engineers, inspectors, general contracting and administrative staff who provide a unique set of skills and perspective to our projects. The integration of services and decades of combined experience is a new benefit we are excited to offer.

We bring an in-depth knowledge of the tax credit program to our projects, which should be a defining factor when selecting an architect for an affordable housing project.

The unique tax credit requirements set by each state and the funding partnership are critical to the design and budget for an Owner. If these are not properly accounted for from the outset it can cause unnecessary headaches and added cost during construction.

We come to the table as a partner to the team, aware that communication and organization is of the utmost importance to create a smooth process from funding acquisition, through design and construction completion.

Our Expertise:

  • 30 plus combined years of Residential and Commercial Design, Education and Project Management with a specialization in Tax Credit Work

  • Project Management experience includes the coordination of clients, consultants, contractors, investors and public housing entities, from early

  • Project planning though design, construction administration, and contract closeout

  • Proforma writing and development

  • Organized and efficient management of project contract administration and supervision

  • Knowledge of ADA, ANSI, and the International Code Suite including the IBC and IRC

  • Use of CBC, WHEDA, MFA, UHC, WSHFC, MSHDA and more, QAP and tax credit program requirements

  • Familiar with managing multiple funding sources: low income housing, new markets and historic tax credits, AHP and ICDBG grants

Tax Credit Experience:

  - Federal, State, & Local Housing 

  - Single-Family & Multi-Family

    Affordable Housing
  - Historic Tax Credits (Adaptive Reuse)
  - Senior Housing

Design and project management in excess of 600 units, or $100 million in tax credit equity, contributing to the new construction and rehab of affordable housing, community, administration, and supportive services space


Licensed to practice architecture in 19 states & counting

Granger Apartments

​acquisition . rehab


National City, California

Purchase:  $31,750,000

Construction Cost:  $7,482,468

Existing apartment building rehabs with new community center and manager apartment

La Villa Puente

​acquisition . rehab


La Puente, California

Purchase:  $34,000,000

Construction Cost:  $10,491,056

Existing apartment building rehabs with new community center and manager apartment

Park Western

​acquisition . rehab


Los Angeles, California

This $10m, 14-building, 218-unit multi-family project is utilizing 4% tax credits for interior and exterior rehab, ADA conversion, site work and the addition of a new clubhouse.  As the design architect and architect of record, C&S Design & Engineering is currently providing construction administrative services for the developer; SDG Housing.  The project is slated for completion in late 2020.

PaskentaTribal Complex

​acquisition . rehab


Corning, California

framework design originally worked on the master plan of this Tribal complex with a fitness center, community center and administrative building for the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians in 2016. Doubling in size in 2017 with Lauren as the lead architect of the development team at Travois, the first phase focused on the four-story, 10,000 square foot administrative building and single story, 17,000 square foot community center.  Cultural importance, member use, transparency and flexibility of use drove the design direction. The team expanded to include C&S to manage the FF&E and Interior Design team. The $11m project broke ground in December of 2019 and is funded by New Markets Tax Credits. 

Lakeview Terrace

​acquisition . rehab


Pacoima, California

C&S Design & Engineering is teamed up with SDG Housing for the rehab, architectural design and ADA conversion of this $10m, 12- building, 128-unit project.  Incorporating the 2016 CBC, Chapter 11A Accessibility Standards the project is utilizing 4% tax credits.  The project, which is currently underway, is slated for completion in 2021.

Wilmarth Mansion

​acquisition . rehab


Ashland, Wisconsin

The stately mansion, built in 1885 has housed everything from a single- family residence to a community hospital, substance abuse treatment center and historical museum.  The adaptive reuse project used multiple funding sources including historical tax credits to convert it to an event venue and professional office spaces.  C&S Design & Engineering had to balance the historical importance of the building while bringing new portions up to code and meeting current accessibility requirements.

Red Cliff Rehab I & II

​acquisition . rehab


Bayfield, Wisconsin

Red Cliff Rehab spanned over three project sites:  Old Housing, New Housing and Hillside. Utilizing Low Income Housing Tax Credits, 78 homes received all new flooring, cabinets, countertops, plumbing and electrical fixtures, roofing, siding, insulation, etc. Playgrounds at each site were add or updated. In addition, the Housing Authority and Community Center were updated adding on square footage to entirely renovate the now 8,570sf building. Red Cliff Rehab I and II were completed for $12.4m.

Arleta Park Apartments | Bayshore Towers Apartments | Coronado Senior Housing | Coyote Valley Homes l | Granger Apartments | Lakeview Terrace Apartments | La Villa Puente | Osler Estates | Park Place Residences | Park Western Estates | Paskenta Tribal Complex | Pueblo of Acoma LIHTC Homes l | Red Cliff Rehab I & II | Sokaogon Homes ll and lll |Vivienda Moderna | Wilmarth Mansion | Woodman Nordhoff Apartments

C&S  Design & Engineering with framework design, inc.

Ashland, WI  715.682.0330

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