- CNU New England Chapter Urbanism Award, 2007 American Planning Association Rhode Island Chapter Award Mixed-Use, 2009
- Multifamily Executive MFE Award Merit Award for Best Re-Use of Land, 2011
- GrowSmartRI Smart Growth Award Outstanding Smart Growth Project, 2012
- Boston Society of Architects John Clancy Honor Award for Socially Responsible Housing, 2013
Sandywoods Farm is a unique arts and agricultural community designed to combine affordable rental and market-rate housing with a working farm, mixed-use retail, and a studio, gallery, and performance space for artists. It takes a multi-use approach that fosters a strong community identity and includes 50 affordable cottages for rent. The project preserves 147 acres of land for a working farm, open space, and community gardens. Due to the compact planning of the neighborhood, the remaining site was donated to The Nature Conservancy.
A community “Grange Hall” serves as the venue for theater performances, potlucks, cooking classes, and other group events. Power is provided for nearly all Sandywoods residents by a 250 kW wind turbine on site. Working with a local nonprofit developer to bring the project to fruition, Union created the master plan and designed the buildings that populate this unique, agri-arts community.