Built on UCC’s campus in conjunction with the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM), Olga Village is a landmark new housing community dedicated to providing environmentally sustainable and affordable living options for Milwaukee's seniors. The new complex provides 37 affordable apartments, and residents have access to the services of UCC's Elder Programs, including a senior meal program; social, recreational, and educational activities; arts and crafts, music, and cultural arts; transportation; and social services.
Olga Village stands next to the UCC-US Bank Village, which provides low-income housing to seniors from the near south side community. Construction of a new UCC Senior Center between these two housing complexes will connect the units after the Senior Center's completion in fall of 2011.
In May of 2011, The Daily Reporter, construction news source for Wisconsin designed for and read by industry professionals, named Olga Village as one of the top constructions projects of 2010 in the state of Wisconsin. Read the release and see a video recap of the construction on the HACM website.
Olga Village was a 2011 finalist for the State Farm Insurance Building Block Award honored by LISC Milwaukee at the 12th Annual Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI) sponsored by US Bank.
The building’s design incorporates several “green” features, including ground-source heat pumps for heating and cooling, a green roof, energy-efficient windows and doors, earth-friendly construction materials, and a stormwater management system. In addition, solar power is slated to be incorporated to further enhance the building's environmentally sustainable design. Olga Village's green roof was constructed with the support of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District's (MMSD) Green Roof Initiative Grant.