- Project Info
Location: University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
Mep Engineers: PAE Consulting Engineers
Structural Engineers: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Landscape Architects: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol LLC
Civil Engineers: SVR Design Company
Builders: Walsh Construction Co., W.G. Clark Construction Co.
Area: 668800.0 ft2
Photographs: Benjamin Benschneider
Building massing affords daylighting to the building interiors, visual connections to the outdoors, identifiable “territories” for residents, and public and private terraces. The vertical stratification of programs and spaces affords an increasing amount of safety and privacy for the residents. Upper residential courtyard spaces maximize daylight and foster varying levels of community and privacy. Typical of great urban districts, the relationship of public and private spaces plays on the social instincts of seeing and being seen.
The economics of housing development dictate very tight first‐cost construction budgets. Hightechnology systems and unusual materials were eschewed in favor of an approach that accepted construction practices conventional to the multi‐family market; and then pushed these to the limits to produce a holistic, integrated sustainability for this new student community. One of the driving project principles was to reduce energy use in order to meet the Architecture 2030 Challenge, which stipulates a 60% reduction over baseline fossil fuel energy consumption. Strategies included: high efficiency hot water, heating and ventilation systems; low building envelope air infiltration; elimination of building envelope thermal bridges; and efficient light fixtures and lighting control systems. Daylighting studies helped to optimize the glazing area in the residences. Heat recovery ventilation was integrated into Poplar Hall, and an innovative heat exchange system in Alder Hall pumps heat from the grocery coolers to neighboring occupied spaces. With these strategies, Cedar Apartments, Elm Hall and Poplar Hall were able to meet the 2030 Challenge with the purchase of green power. Cedar Apartments received LEED certification at the Silver level and Alder Hall, Elm Hall and Poplar Hall each earned Gold ratings.
Other interesting metrics include:
a. Parking Spaces per Occupant: .035
b. Walk Score: 97, a “Walker’s Paradise.”
c. Walking distances: The site is a 5 minute walk to the center of the University of Washington campus and to the neighboring business district.
d. Transit: 44 bus routes pass nearby the site, connecting the project to downtown Seattle and neighborhoods throughout the city. The planned University District light rail station is 3 ½ blocks from the site while a trolley line extension is planned to run along NE Campus Parkway adjacent to the site.