Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Urban Mixed-Use

Jackson Apartments

Located in Seattle’s Central Area neighborhood, Jackson includes 532 apartments, retail, and a 25,000-square-foot grocer. The site is organized to provide significant landscaped open space, including in a large public plaza and a mid-block open space aligned with a previously vacated street right-of-way. Unique patterns, textures and practical art are woven into the landscape and the base of the building. A 12,000-square-foot plaza offers space for celebrations and performances while the small retail spaces are designed to allow homegrown businesses to take root. Revived cultural expression, a re-vitalized business core, new housing and extensive greenspace contribute to a strong identity and sense of place.

Client: Vulcan Real Estate
Status: Construction Documents
Total sf: 788,000
Residential sf: 375,000
Commercial sf: 44,700
Residential Units: 532
Targeting LEED Platinum Certification

Augusta Apartments | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Urban Mixed-Use

Augusta Apartments

Situated at the southwestern edge of Seattle’s University District, the seven-story, 216 unit Augusta features innovative amenities for work, study, and play. Designed for young professionals and serious academics, amenities include outdoor urban spaces, a sports court and fitness area, a theater/game room, gathering spaces for study and play, demonstration kitchen, and city views from the top floor decks. The south-facing courtyard provides an active pedestrian path and creates a visual connection to the University of Washington campus across Roosevelt Way.

Press

Augusta Apartments Now Open
05.18.17 Daily Journal of Commerce

Client: Vulcan Real Estate, DBA City Investors, LLC
Status: Completed 2017
Total sf: 257,903
Residential sf: 154,000
Commerical sf: 3,600
Residential Units: 208
Targeting LEED Gold Certification & Salmon-Safe Certification

Lake City Family Housing | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Housing

Lake City Family Housing

As part of the Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development’s “Shared Vision for Lake City” the old Fire station 39 site was donated to the Low Income Housing Institute for the development of the Lake City Family Housing. This project provides 70 units of workforce housing and a preschool at the ground level.  The preschool is accented with four colored boxes to denote each of the four classrooms within, while a continuous yellow ribbon peels away at the building skin as an expression of play. The ground level design orients its activities relative to Lake City’s central core and festival streets to the southwest.

Client: LIHI
Status: Construction Documents
Total sf: 68,100
Residiential sf: 61,500
Residential Units: 70

Ernestine Anderson Place | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group
   

Case Study: Housing

Ernestine Anderson Place

Located in Seattle’s Central District, Ernestine Anderson Place provides 61 units of affordable housing for homeless and low-income seniors ages 55 and up.  The building features studio and one bedroom units.  The ground floor includes community space for residents, with an exercise room, a library with internet-enabled computers and an outside patio garden area.  Low Income Housing Institute partnered with Sound Mental Health to provide case management for tenants in need of support services.

Client: Low Income Housing Institute
Status: Completed 2013
Total sf: 43,489
Residential sf: 27,438
Residential Units: 61

Yesler Terrace Block 3 | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Urban Mixed-Use

Yesler Terrace Block 3

Located in Seattle’s rapidly transforming Yesler Terrace neighborhood, Block 3 pays tribute to the neighborhood’s original goal to maximize light and air for its residents with a design concept to maximize residents’ experience of nature. Common spaces are connected both vertically and horizontally, from the main lobby entry fronting a neighborhood park to the courtyard and roof decks overlooking a city park. The connection from the exterior to interior is expressed with roof and floor planes that extend out towards the surrounding open spaces. Interior spaces with plantings and natural finishes extend the exterior into the building.

Press

Vulcan Closes on Two Parcels at Yesler Terrace
1.18.17 The Registry: Vulcan Real Estate moves closer to completing 650 units at Yesler Terrace with $15.5 million in land purchases from the Seattle Housing Authority.

New paths and parks make Yesler Terrace shine.
05.04.16 Daily Journal of Commerce: Design Perspectives: New paths and parks make Yesler Terrace shine.

Client: Vulcan Real Estate
Status: Construction Documents
Total SF: 274,182
Residential SF: 166,484
Commercial SF: 8,702
Residential Units: 237
Targeting LEED Gold Certification

The Marion West | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Housing

The Marion West

Developed through a unique partnership of the nonprofit housing developer Low Income Housing Institute, YouthCare and the University District Food Bank, The Marion West provides 29 units of workforce housing and 20 units of supportive housing for young adults. Located adjacent to Seattle’s historic University Branch Library, The Marion West’s design respectfully angles back from the street and gestures towards the library’s large public lawn. The building colors represent a modern response to the historic library, with its white base and play of blue-green accents. The building provides space for counseling and on-site employment training for formerly homeless youth, food bank, rooftop urban agriculture and street-side café.

Press

Marion West featured in the DJC
10.27.16 Daily Journal of Commerce: Project of the Week.

University Commons opens its doors
6.22.16 Daily Journal of Commerce: LIHI opens 49 units for homeless youth and low income workers in U District.

U District building has food bank below and veggie garden on top
04.28.16 Daily Journal of Commerce: Low Income Housing Institute is preparing to open the Marion West building in June at 5019 Roosevelt Way N.E. in Seattle.

Client: Low Income Housing Institute
Status: Completed 2016
Total sf: 37,649 sf
Units: 49

Sitka | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Urban Mixed-Use

Sitka

Sitka’s design responds to varied contextual conditions in Seattle’s burgeoning South Lake Union neighborhood, while evoking continuity with simple expressions and proportions. Three angled “cabin-like” buildings create a concave backdrop to the adjacent historic Cascade Park. The south wing’s sloped green roof allows natural light into the courtyard.  Northwest Modernism and the landscapes of the nearby San Juan Islands inspire the project’s regional identity. The large green roof, urban agriculture, and a dense tree-filled courtyard – accessible to both residents and the community – support the concept of environmental retreat.

Press

Block 11 and Batik Received Salmon-Safe Certification
12.14.16 The Registry: Block 11 in Seattle’s South Lake Union and the Batik apartments in Yesler Terrace are among the city’s first Salmon-Safe-certified projects.

Vulcan starting 3 'cabin-like' apartment buildings in SLU
09.08.16 Daily Journal of Commerce

Client: Vulcan Real Estate
Status: Under Construction
Total sf: 500,652
Residential sf: 335,793
Commerical sf: 3,073
Units: 384
Targeting LEED Platinum
Certification: Salmon-Safe

Batik | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group
   

Case Study: Urban Mixed-Use

Batik

Batik is a mixed-use project in Yesler Terrace, a 30-acre community near downtown Seattle. Developed 80 years ago as the city’s first racially integrated, publicly subsidized housing, Yesler Terrace is transforming into a denser mixed-income community for the next century. Stacked lumber expressions in the exterior cladding pay homage to Yesler Way’s timber history. A brick plinth anchors the upper mass, whose overall composition expands upon this dovetail approach. The program strives to encourage healthy community, healthy buildings and healthy residents. A multi-level community kitchen off the pedestrian plaza allows residents and neighbors to bond over meals.

Press

Block 11 and Batik Receive Salmon-Safe Certification
12.14.16 The Registry: Block 11 in Seattle’s South Lake Union and the Batik apartments in Yesler Terrace are among the city’s first Salmon-Safe-certified projects.

Batik Apartments breaks ground
7.28.16 Daily Journal of Commerce: Vulcan breaks ground on Batik apartments at Broadway & Yesler.

195 Apartments to be started this summer at Yesler Terrace
1.19.16 Daily Journal of Commerce: Vulcan Real Estate is preparing to break ground this summer on a 195-unit apartment building at Yesler Terrace.

Client: Vulcan Real Estate
Status: Under Construction
Total sf: 223,058 sf
Commerical sf: 2,412 sf
Units: 195
Targeting LEED Gold
Certification: Salmon-Safe

The Orion | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group
   

Case Study: Urban Mixed-Use

The Orion

The Orion is a quarter-block project located in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood along a rapidly developing corridor. The Olmsted Brothers’ Denny Park is kitty corner and serves as the primary design reference point for the building. A desire to connect The Orion to the park influences the street level spaces and materiality of the exterior design. Wood-tone vertical cladding meanders up the Southwest corner façade, inspired by Denny Park’s mature trees. Heavily landscaped large curb bulbs and a heavily planted canopy encourage lingering through the seasons. Inspired by boutique hotel design, well-crafted, urban residential units, common spaces, and a high level of detailing are highlighted throughout the building.

Client: Vulcan Real Estate
Status: Under Construction
Total sf: 157,744 sf
Residential sf: 87,088
Commerical sf: 5,761
Units: 129
Targeting LEED Platinum

Abbey Lincoln Court | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Housing

Abbey Lincoln Court

Abbey Lincoln Court, named for jazz singer and civil rights activist Abbey Lincoln, is located in Seattle’s Central District neighborhood. Abbey Lincoln Court provides 68 workforce housing apartments – including larger homes for families – as well as two live-work units. The building shares a courtyard with the adjacent companion development Ernestine Anderson Place, creating a gathering space where residents of both apartment communities can interact. This mid-block site responds to the adjacent park to the east with townhouse units and patios along the ground level.

Press

Abbey Lincoln Court wins top prize for the 2017 Build Washington Award
5.3.17: Submitted by Walsh Construction 

Abbey Lincoln Court named "Project of the Week"
1.9.17: Daily Journal of Commerce: Abbey Lincoln Court offers 68 units of workforce housing and two live-work units in Seattle’s Central District, at 2010 S. Jackson St.

Client: Low Income Housing Institute
Status: Completed 2016
Total sf: 50,726
Residential sf: 49,575
Units: 68

Anchor Flats | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group
   

Case Study: Housing

Anchor Flats

Anchor Flats is a workforce housing project located in the north end of Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. The project consists of three live-work units, 68 apartment units, two shared laundry rooms and a roof deck overlooking Lake Union and downtown Seattle. The architectural expression of the building reflects a neighborhood pattern of east-facing orientation towards Lake Union, with a light, dynamic, expressive, and highly fenestrated facade.  The project team collaborated with adjacent neighbors to arrive at a massing and height that appropriately preserves views for the uphill neighbor while meeting development objectives.

Press

Anchor Flats groundbreaking
10.04.16 Curbed Seattle: South Lake Union affordable housing building Anchor Flats breaks ground.

Client: Bellwether Housing
Status: Under Construction
Total sf: 62,929 sf
Residential sf: 43,058 sf
Units: 71
Targeting Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard

 

JUXT | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Urban Mixed-Use

JUXT

The 361-unit Juxt Apartments is designed to create authenticity and a sense of place in Seattle’s burgeoning South Lake Union neighborhood. Organized around a large, south-facing central courtyard, the building takes advantage of solar exposure and breathtaking views of nearby Lake Union. Juxt showcases South Lake Union’s spirit of innovation by juxtaposing the neighborhood’s industrial heritage against today’s fast paced advances in technology. Juxt incorporates technology throughout the common spaces and includes a secret prohibition-style speakeasy. To create a more vibrant streetscape, Juxt features ground level apartments with porches and semi-private patios as well as residential lobbies and commercial spaces.

Press

Secret room on top of Juxt
06.16.16 Daily Journal of Commerce:Holland hopes everyone is talking about the secret room on top of Juxt.

Client: Holland Residential 
Status: Completed 2016 
Total sf: 393,334
Residential sf: 251,228
Commerical sf: 2,486
Units: 361
Targeting LEED Silver Certification

 

Square One | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Urban Mixed-Use

Square One

Located in Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood, 1020 NE 63rd integrates unique features of the site in the building design such as the project’s perimeter bordering a public right of way on all sides.  The design addresses each side of the property’s boundaries at the ground and upper levels by varying the degrees of transparency, keeping public spaces light and open while protecting residents’ privacy with appropriate screening. Special attention was paid to the ground level live/work units to create habitable living spaces. The residential amenities encourage social interaction among neighbors and includes a two level community room on the fifth and sixth floors, and a large rooftop terrace with views to the south and west.

Client: Intracorp
Status: Completed 2014
Total sf: 93,872
Units: 112
 

Astro Apartments | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Urban Mixed-Use

Astro Apartments

Located adjacent to Seattle Center, site of the 1962 World’s Fair and inspired by this Googie architecture, Astro Apartments’ design embraces the space-age futurism aesthetic. Mid-century concepts guided design decisions at every scale, including the overall building form, cantilevering cornices, butterfly roof at the penthouse, façade modulation, signage and furnishings. The façade treatment instills a dynamic pattern of window openings, stepped storefront mullions, and sculptural precast concrete columns. The lighting and signage detail affirms the signature styling as well. An S-shaped form expresses movement with a planar shift that divides the long facades into smaller, asymmetrical pieces with recessed courtyards

Press

Astro named "Project of the Week"
05.02.16 Daily Journal of Commerce: Astro Apartments is a mixed-use development at 315 First Ave. N., west of Seattle Center in the Uptown neighborhood.

 

Client: SRM Development, LLC
Status: Completed 2014
Total sf: 259,632
Residential sf: 145,784
Commerical sf: 11,270
Residential Units: 212
 

Cascade Blocks | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Urban Mixed-Use

Cascade Blocks

Full Block Project

The Cascade Blocks in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood include commercial retail spaces, ground floor live-work units, 19 townhouse units and 468 apartments. The Cascade Blocks connect Cascade Park with the Seattle Times Pocket Park with a diagonal pedestrian mews across the site. The buildings enhance pedestrian movement through the site by carving away the ground levels. Pedestrian movement is also reflected in the buildings’ fenestration and cladding cadence at the upper floors.

Press

Equity Gets Ok for 477 Units 
12.20.13: Daily Journal of Commerce 
Two seven-story buildings to go up in South Lake Union 

Client: Equity Residential 
Status: Under Construction  
Total sf: 547,180
Residential sf: 291,000
Commercial sf: 8,170
Units: 477
Targeting LEED Gold

Eleanor Apartments | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Housing

Eleanor Apartments

The 260-unit Eleanor Apartments is located a block from a future light rail station in Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood. Eleanor Apartments responds to site-specific challenges, resulting in a building rooted in its natural past with an appropriate scale and density for a rapidly transforming neighborhood. The project uses two distinct residential buildings: the east building breaks down the scale of the structure, acknowledging the single-family residences nearby, while the larger form of the west building expresses movement while sheltering the courtyard and east building from the I-5 freeway. Eleanor Apartments expressly celebrates the motion of water. Rainwater collected from the roof runs through exposed downspouts and open runnels around the buildings and courtyard, recalling historic streams that once ran through the site.

Press

Eleanor named "Project of the Week"
08.08.16 Daily Journal of Commerce:The Eleanor, a two-building apartment complex, has opened at 800 N.E. 67th St. in the Roosevelt area.

The Eleanor opens in Roosevelt
07.21.16 Daily Journal of Commerce: The Eleanor opens in Roosevelt with 267 units; 47% already leased.

Client: Mack Urban 
Status: Completed 2016
Total sf: 306,946
Residential sf: 191,030
Units: 260
LEED Silver Certification

 

8th + Republican | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Urban Mixed-Use

8th + Republican

Located in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, the 211 unit 8th + Republican makes a positive, community-oriented contribution by setting back from 8th Avenue North. This creates a gracious open space along the green street and provides a vital urban space in an increasingly densified neighborhood. 8th+ Republican’s unique, modern character provides a calm backdrop to the busy lives of its inhabitants. A high level of detailing brings the modern aesthetic into the apartments themselves, differentiating 8th + Republican from other buildings, providing a unique offering to the residential market, and is the new home for Glazer’s Camera.

Press

Wolff Shows New Design 
12.20.13: Daily Journal of Commerce 
New design for 8 story building with 211 apartments 

Construction Starting Next Summer 
12.23.13: Daily Journal of Commerce 
Two new apartment buildings 

Client: The Wolff Company
Design in Association with: Miller Hull Partnership
Status: Completed 2016
Total sf: 274,254
Units: 211
Targeting LEED Gold

 

Nine + Pine Apartments | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Urban Mixed-Use

Nine + Pine Apartments

Located in downtown Seattle at the corner of 9th Avenue and Pine Street, the project site is uniquely situated above an underground Metro tunnel that occupies more than sixty percent of the site footprint. The project incorporates the challenge of structurally bridging the tunnel with a series of trusses at the ground floor. The project includes tri-level semi-automated car parking stackers and adds 74 units of housing over retail space on a currently under-utilized site.

The project’s massing responds to the unique site condition of movement patterns:  pedestrian movement along 9th Avenue, pedestrian and automobile movement along Pine Street and the below-grade movement of the bus tunnel.

Client: Teutsch Partners 
Status: Completed 2015 
Total sf: 74,040
Units: 74
 

The Local 418 | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Housing

The Local 418

The Local 418 is a mid-block site located on the west slope of Seattle’s vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood overlooking downtown, Puget Sound, and the Olympic Mountain Range beyond. Upper-level mezzanine units, a roof-top lounge and a shared roof deck take full advantage of the stunning views. The residential units were designed as consistent, rectangular modules for construction efficiency and are playfully expressed on the exterior façades. The two-story townhouse units enhance Bellevue Avenue East with landscaped stoops.

Client: InCity Properties
Status: Completed 2013
Total sf: 36,399
Units: 48
LEED Silver Certification

 

The Local 422 | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Housing

The Local 422

Designed in conjunction with The Local 418, The Local 422 is situated on the west slope of Seattle’s vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood overlooking downtown, Puget Sound, and the Olympic Mountain Range. Upper-level mezzanine units, a roof-top lounge, and a shared roof deck take full advantage of the stunning views. Modular residential units are design for construction efficiency, while the exterior design is a modern, singular expression with large windows that create a dynamic, light living space.

Client: InCity Properties 
Status: Completed 2015 
Total sf: 36,578
Units: 48
Targeting LEED Silver

 

Odin Apartments | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Urban Mixed-Use

Odin Apartments

The Odin Apartments is located in Seattle’s resurgent Ballard neighborhood, a waterside working community influenced by Nordic settlers and the timber and maritime industries. Responding to the historic and cultural context, the building mass floats on a traditional Scandinavian white brick base in contrast with the courtyard’s translucent green hues. Nordic sensibility is translated through birch trees and expansive windows allow natural light to saturate interiors. The material palate interweaves timber and maritime influences, from the exterior cladding down to the interior finishes. Other dynamic expressions include an etched Viking ship, communal fire pits and lobby lighting emulating the aurora borealis.

Press

Ballard Tallman Wins NAIOP Multi-Family Development of the Year
11.17.2016: The Registry 
Multi-Family Development of the Year 

Ballard's Nordic roots come out at Odin Apartments
06.23.16 Daily Journal of Commerce

Ballard Tallman to start in Fall
07.16.2013: My Ballard 
Apartment building set to start construction 

PCBC Gold Nugget Award of Merit 
July 2013
Best On-the-Boards Mixed-Use Project 

Equity Joins Team in Ballard 
06.25.2012: Daily Journal of Commerce
Equity Residential now on team for apartments in the heart of Ballard 

Client: Equity Residential 
Status: Completed 2015
Total sf: 318,835
Residential sf: 182,593
Commerical sf: 1,778
Units: 286
 

 

Supply Laundry Building | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Adaptive Re-Use

Supply Laundry Building

Preserving the past, greening the future

Located between downtown Seattle and Lake Union, this full block project combines the restoration and adaptive re-use of the Supply Laundry Building, a City of Seattle historic landmark.  Responding to its large scale and urban location, the design focuses on the balance between pedestrian and vehicle at grade, massing and modulation above grade, and the architectural relationship of the buildings as a whole.  Green features include bio-swales along Pontius and Yale.

Press

Amazon Leases Supply Laundry 
06.11.2014: Daily Journal of Commerce 
Amazon will occupy 26,000 square feet in Supply Laundry Building 

Vulcan to Build 279 Apartments
08.02.2011: Daily Journal of Commerce
Two new buildings and rehabbing the historic Supply Laundry building

Vulcan Plans More Historic Renovations in South Lake Union
10.21.2008: The Seattle Times
Historic landmark, the Supply Laundry building, gets renovated

Client: Vulcan Real Estate
Status: Completed 2013
Total sf: 36,838
LEED Platinum Certficiation

 

110 Main Street | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group
   

Case Study: Adaptive Re-Use

110 Main Street

The former Sandpoint, Idaho City Hall originally housed the fire department—including its stables—and the jail in addition to the local municipal offices. The renovation will transform those spaces into Class A office space while maintaining the building’s historic character. The rehabilitation will be done according to the Department of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and incorporates sustainable elements.

Client: The Beardmore Company, LLC
Status: Construction Documents 
Total sf: 11,411
Targeting LEED Silver

 

Cate Apartments | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group
   

Case Study: Housing

Cate Apartments

Located in the heart of Seattle’s Greenwood-Phinney Neighborhood, this 31-unit mixed-use building provides affordable housing for low income and homeless families with children. The design focuses on creating a strong sense of community, both within the building and with the surrounding neighborhood. The orientation of the housing units around a central common courtyard encourages personal interaction while reinforcing individuality and a sense of home. The courtyard provides usable open space, light and air, and a place for social interaction and child’s play.

Client: Low Income Housing Institute 
Status: Completed 2003
Total sf: 43,647
Units: 31

 

The Adelaide | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group
   

Case Study: Housing

The Adelaide

Located just south of the Alaska Junction in the heart of West Seattle, the Adelaide consists of a mixed-use building providing street-level commercial spaces with five stories of condominium units above, as well as nine two-story townhomes with individual street entries. The design features angled corner bays highlighting spectacular views of the surrounding area, which create captivating exterior and interior environments with contemporary lines and flair. The low-rise townhomes offer a smooth transition to the single-family neighborhood, while also defining an auto court for residential parking.

Client: ANKA Development, LLC
Status: Completed 2003
Total sf: 119,000
Units: 86

 

 

The Crawford | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group
   

Case Study: Housing

The Crawford

Client: Soleil Development 
Status: Completed 2003
Total sf: 21,000
Units: 9

 

Ashworth Cottages | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group
   

Case Study: Housing

Ashworth Cottages

Client: Pryde Johnson Urban Environments 
Status: Completed 2007
Total sf: 35,000
Units: 20
LEED Platinum

 

Tempo Apartments | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group
   

Case Study: Housing

Tempo Apartments

With dynamic roof forms and pronounced bay windows, the Tempo acts as a new gateway to the North Magnolia neighborhood. The northeast corner of the building greets travelers entering Magnolia with an upward sweeping shed roof and large windows at the commercial level, while the downward sloping roof of the northwest corner addresses the residential neighborhood to the west. The project features a variety of unit types, including double-height mezzanines on the top floor, as well as generous outdoor spaces and private balconies that capture panoramic views to Phinney Ridge, Queen Anne Hill, and Elliot Bay.

Client: Markow Financial 
Status: Completed 2008
Total sf: 43,785
Units: 32

 

McDermott Place | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group
   

Case Study: Housing

McDermott Place

McDermott Place is a six-story, mixed-use project in Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood with permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless single adults, with 38 of the units designated specifically for veterans. Upgraded thermal insulation and intermediate framing construction fulfill local “SeaGreen” and Seattle City Light “Built Smart” requirements. North Helpline owns the non-residential spaces on the ground floor where it operates the Lake City/Northgate Food Bank and an emergency services program. The service-enriched apartments help residents obtain the services they need to maintain stable housing, and provide opportunities for access to education and employment services.

Client: Low Income Housing Institute 
Designed in Collaboration with Schemata Workshop
Status: Completed 2009
Total sf: 56,571
Units: 76

 

Merrill Gardens at Queen Anne | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group
   

Case Study: Housing

Merrill Gardens at Queen Anne

Located across the street from an associated assisted living building, this community caters to seniors of a more independent nature. The close proximity allows residents optional services of the assisted living and the opportunity to “age in place.” A small lounge, gaming and café area off the entry encourages social interaction among residents, and a roof top garden with sweeping views of the downtown Seattle skyline hosts outdoor gatherings. The building form and a playful palette of materials are meant to reflect the independent nature of its tenants.

Client: Merrill Gardens / SRM Development
Status: Completed 2006
Total sf: 55,700
Units: 39
 

Merrill Gardens at Kirkland | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group
   

Case Study: Housing

Merrill Gardens at Kirkland

Occupying a prime location in the heart of downtown Kirkland, this community offers assisted care with the benefit of access to local services. Retail spaces line the Kirkland Avenue façade and a previously unimproved alley has been transformed into the front door of the community with a turn-about, specialty paving, and extensive landscaping. Wrap-around porches, gracious patios and high quality materials express the residential nature of the building and connect residents with the surrounding community.

Client: Merrill Gardens/ SRM Development 
Status: Completed 2009
Total sf: 171,759
Units: 115

 

The 101 | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group
   

Case Study: Housing

The 101

A contemporary interpretation of classic, main street architecture, The 101 provides 66 residential units, 5 retail spaces, a bank and a café in the heart of a downtown shopping district. A diverse palette of materials breaks the building into small-scale elements that fit in with Kirkland’s fine-grained commercial core. A large, landscaped plaza provides public green space and enlivens the sidewalk experience for pedestrians and shoppers.

Client: RD Merrill Company/ SRM Development 
Status: Completed 2010
Total sf: 130,763
Units: 66

 

Merrill Gardens at Campbell | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group
   

Case Study: Housing

Merrill Gardens at Campbell

Just blocks from the historic downtown core of Campbell, California, this community offers a variety of living options for a single mixed-use development. Retail stores line a vibrant boulevard and assisted living and Alzheimer’s care are located off of the busy street behind the retail shops. The project offers tranquil outdoor garden spaces and indoor common rooms arranged in a campus-like setting.

Press

Best Mixed-Use Project Finalist 
9.28.13: San Jose Business Journal 
Merrill Gardens senior housing project adds retail other amenities to plans

Client: Merrill Gardens/ SRM Development, LLC 
Status: Completed 2013
Total sf: 229,621
Units: 147 

 

Nova Apartments | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Housing

Nova Apartments

The newest West Seattle “Junction" Apartments

Nova occupies a site in the Fauntleroy Triangle neighborhood of West Seattle, a developing area near the West Seattle “Junction.” The Fauntleroy Triangle balances planned pedestrian and bicycle focused streets with vehicle traffic and residential buildings with light industrial use. Nova’s exterior mixes industrial materials with warm wood and large windows to create a modern and inviting living space. The apartments step back from the street, allowing for semi-private space between the living units and the public street space. The first level is set back and has higher ceilings than the upper levels, which creates a “floating box” feel to the higher floors while providing sun and weather protection to the ground floor. There is currently one live-work unit on the first level and the potential to create several  more with individual entries onto 36th Avenue SW. The street level is softened with extensive planting around the building. The generous roof deck and garden are accessed from a common room lit by a ceiling of tiny twinkling lights.

Press

Nova is Harbor Properties' 3rd Transit-Oriented Development in the Area
12.13.2011: West Seattle Herald
Nova building to be in hub for Metro Transit's RapidRide C line.

Client: Harbor Properties 
Status: Completed 2012
Total sf: 60,459
Units: 62

 

GreenHouse Apartments | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Housing

GreenHouse Apartments

Sustainable multifamily housing

Harbor Urban’s Columbia City project is a highly sustainable, centrally located, transit-oriented development. Located one block east of Rainier Avenue South on South Hudson Street, this mixed-use residential project is conveniently situated just outside of the commercial center and heart of the thriving Columbia City neighborhood, which is in a major transition with the enhancement of both its residential and commercial assets. Inspired by many unique aspects of Columbia City, GreenHouse features an extensive 2,300-square-foot roof deck garden and edible landscaping with abundant fruit trees and berry bushes, bringing agriculture into the city and local neighborhood.

Press

P-patch on Columbia City Roof
9.21.2012: GreenBuilding Blog (Daily Journal of Commerce)
An irrigated plot for each resident.

Urban Agriculture on the Roof
6.28.2012: Daily Journal of Commerce
Seattle space at a premium puts gardens on the rooftop

Harbor Properties Starts 124 Apartments in Columbia City 
9.219.2011: Daily Journal of Commerce
GreenHouse complex is the first significant market-rate housing to be built in the neighborhood in more than a decade.

Client: Harbor Properties 
Status: Completed 2012
Total sf: 117,847
Units: 124
LEED Gold

 

The Residence on the Falls | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group
   

Case Study: Housing

The Residence on the Falls

With its dramatic location overlooking Spokane Falls and Riverfront Park, the design of this high-rise tower centers on maximizing panoramic views of the area.  Each of the luxury units provides its residents with a generously sized, contemporary floor plan and balcony.  Residential amenities include a swimming pool and spa, fitness room, observation deck, and a raised courtyard with sport courts and a walking path.

Client: SRM Development 
Designed in collaboration with ALSC Architects.
Status: Completed 
Total sf: 118,000
Units: 87

 

Eastlake 2851 | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group
   

Case Study: Urban Mixed-Use

Eastlake 2851

Eastlake 2851 was designed to maximize views and create vibrant urban living for its residents and the community. Significant attention to detail was placed on massing and application of materials to break up the linearity and the steep slope of the site. Retail spaces are situated along the busy arterial to the east, a public courtyard with breathtaking views is situated on the west, and public stairs at the north edge of the site lead to the neighborhood pea patch and lakefront below.

Client: Essex Property Trust 
Status: Completed 2008
Total sf: 169,265
Units: 127

 

The Century Apartments | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Urban Mixed-Use

The Century Apartments

With close proximity to Seattle Center, Denny Park, Olympic Sculpture Park, and downtown, The Century is designed to maximize the pedestrian experience at grade.  The larger retail space is located on the busy thoroughfare of Denny Way, while smaller live/work units with raised entries are located along Taylor Avenue N and John Street.  The combination of private, semi-public, and public green space provides relief from the hard streetscape of the urban environment and creates a safe buffer from heavy street traffic for residents.

Client: SRM Development, LLC/ R.D. Merrill Company 
Status: Completed 2014 
Total sf: 335,962
Units: 260

 

Union SLU | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Urban Mixed-Use

Union SLU

This project is situated along a steep hillside in South Lake Union. To reduce the potential monolithic character of a 430 foot long site, the building is broken down into four smaller masses interconnected by single loaded corridors. By orienting the units and courtyards towards Lake Union and Dexter Avenue N, the layout takes advantage of the sloping site and eastern exposure of the sun. Special attention to detail of how the building meets the street will further enhance the pedestrian experience along Dexter Avenue N.

Client: Holland Partners
Status: Completed 2012
Total sf: 337,139
Units: 284
LEED Silver Certification

 

Lyric Apartments | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Urban Mixed-Use

Lyric Apartments

Traditional meets contemporary

This project is located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, a densely populated urban area where traditional brick apartment houses are being joined by contemporary buildings after a recent change in zoning. The project site is located a block away from the new light-rail station and fronts along Broadway Avenue. The site is also divided between two zones, providing the opportunity for ground-related housing on the less public side. The building will also feature first-class amenities like the fitness center and yoga room, as well as a generous courtyard at ground level. Rich, traditional materials combine with a contemporary design vocabulary to fit the building to its context.

Press

PCBC Gold Nugget Award of Merit
July 2013
Best Mixed-Use Project 

PCBC Gold Nugget Award of Merit
July 2013
Best Multi-Family Housing Project 

Capitol Hill Inspires Award-Winning Architectural Design 
07.16.2013: Capitol Hill Seattle Blog 
Runberg brings in seven Gold Nugget Awards

Client: SRM Development/ RD Merrill Company 
Status: Completed 2012
Total sf: 353,710
Units: 234

 

The Bart Harvey | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg has exemplified a team attitude in all of our projects. Because of their knowledge and experience, they roll up their sleeves and generate accurate documents that facilitate a successful project. Ken Coleman - President, Compass Construction

Case Study: Housing

The Bart Harvey

Affordable housing for seniors

This affordable housing for seniors is located in Seattle’s vibrant Cascade neighborhood. A green roof contributes to the replacement of green space on this tight urban site and provides recreation for elderly residents with a walking loop and P-Patch planters. Common facilities such as a library, computer room and activity room are located on the ground floor and contribute to a lively and inviting street presence. The work of a local artist is integrated into the design at street level, enriching a tradition of community artwork that is evident throughout the neighborhood.

Press

LIHI Opens the Bart Harvey
07.07.2009: Daily Journal of Commerce 
The Low Income Housing Institute and its partners will celebrate opening of the Bart Harvey, a 50-unit senior housing project 

Seattle Celebrates Grand Opening of Affordable Senior Housing Project 
07.08.2009: Senior Housing News 
The Bart Harvey celebrated its grand opening in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood. 

 

Client: Low Income Housing Institute
Status: Completed 2009
Total sf: 37,224
Units: 50

Denny Park Apartments | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Housing

Denny Park Apartments

The greening of affordable housing

The Denny Park Apartments is a six-story mixed-use building in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. The project was among the first in sustainable low-income housing and the first to receive funding under the national Green Communities Initiative. A collaborative process including the owner, contractor and design consultants resulted in an environmentally-friendly and economical design. There are  innovative planters on the rooftop deck that manage stormwater runoff and create a pleasant greenspace in an urban environment. Other design elements include durable, low-maintenance materials with recycled content, energy-efficient lighting, and a space-efficient design that maximizes passive heating and cooling.

Client: Low Income Housing Institute
Status: Completed 2005
Total sf: 55,503
Units: 50

The Kennedy Apartments | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg has exemplified a team attitude in all of our projects. Because of their knowledge and experience, they roll up their sleeves and generate accurate documents that facilitate a successful project. Ken Coleman - President, Compass Construction

Case Study: Housing

The Kennedy Apartments

Student housing gets a remix

The mass, scale and orientation of this student housing project created a much needed anchor and identity for the west edge of Gonzaga University campus. Targeted to provide housing for upper level students, the benefits of private apartment living were combined with the social interaction of dormitory life. Double-height common lounges encourage interaction between floors, while intimately scaled “quiet” lounges are located in the opposite corner of the building. The design also incorporates a ground level café and satellite bookstore, vaulted ceilings and skylights, and a fifth level sun deck overlooking downtown Spokane and the spiritual center of campus.

Client: Gonzaga University in collaboration w/ALSC Architects
Status: Completed 2007
Total sf: 120,320 
Units: 75

Chloe Apartments | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg has exemplified a team attitude in all of our projects. Because of their knowledge and experience, they roll up their sleeves and generate accurate documents that facilitate a successful project. Ken Coleman - President, Compass Construction

Case Study: Urban Mixed-Use

Chloe Apartments

Urban living with the community in mind

Located at the edge of Capitol Hill and within walking distance of Seattle University, Chloe Apartments is designed to attract the young, urban population in the area by featuring a combination of one and two bedroom units. The south-facing entry courtyard is wrapped by a variety of office and retail spaces and provides a new open space amenity to the neighborhood at large. Chloe Apartments also features a rooftop common room and deck with expansive views of the surrounding city.

Press

Pet-Friendly Apartments Marketed from a Dog's Perspective 
05.21.2009: Daily Journal of Commerce 
Chloe Apartments will include studios, open one bedrooms, and traditional one and two beddroom units 

 

Client: 14th & Union, LLC
Status: Completed 2009
Total sf: 142,586
Units: 117

Stack House Apartments | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg has exemplified a team attitude in all of our projects. Because of their knowledge and experience, they roll up their sleeves and generate accurate documents that facilitate a successful project. Ken Coleman - President, Compass Construction

Case Study: Urban Mixed-Use

Stack House Apartments

Preserving the past, greening the future

Located between downtown Seattle and Lake Union, this full block green project combines the restoration and adaptive re-use of the Supply Laundry Building, a City of Seattle historic landmark, with the development of new retail spaces and 333 residential units. Responding to its large scale and urban location, the design focuses on the balance between pedestrian and vehicle at grade, massing and modulation above grade, and the architectural relationship of the buildings as a whole. Green features include bio-swales along Pontius and Yale. 

Press

Stack House Apartments 'Swale on Yale' featured on King 5 News
1.16.17 King 5 News: Video

Stack House Apartments set tone for energy efficiency
04.04.16 ASHRAE: 
The Stack House Apartments project is setting the tone for high levels of energy efficiency and sustainability in the rapid redevelopment of South Lake Union.

Stack House Apartments awarded first place in ASHRAE Technology Awards - Residential Category
01.15.16 Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration News

Stack House wins NAIOP Award for Preservation, 'Swale on Yale'
09.15.15 Daily Journal of Commerce
Vulcan Real Estate's Stack House and Supply Laundry complex won the 2015 Sustainable Development Award from NAIOP.

Stack House wins WASLA Merit Award in Residential Design
04.23.2014: Daily Journal of Commerce
Washington American Society of Landscape Architects 2014 Professional Awards

Stack House Wins Major LEED Award
04.23.14: Rushing Blog
Outstanding Multifamily Project of the Year

LEED for Homes Award Winner
04.10.14: U.S. Green Building Council 
Outstanding Multifamily Project of the Year

Vulcan to Build 279 Apartments
08.02.2011: Daily Journal of Commerce
Two new buildings and rehabbing the historic Supply Laundry building

Vulcan Plans More Historic Renovations in South Lake Union 
10.21.2008: The Seattle Times
Historic landmark, the Supply Laundry building, gets renovated 

Client: Vulcan Real Estate
Status: Completed 2013
Total sf: 425,727
Residential sf: 211,344
Commercial sf: 38,044
Units: 278
LEED Platinum Certification

 

The Corydon/Merrill Gardens at the University | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg has exemplified a team attitude in all of our projects. Because of their knowledge and experience, they roll up their sleeves and generate accurate documents that facilitate a successful project. Ken Coleman - President, Compass Construction

Case Study: Housing

The Corydon/Merrill Gardens at the University

Uniting an intergenerational community by design

Located just north of University Village, the Burke Gilman trail, and the University of Washington, this full block development will provide housing and amenities for multiple generations in one project. The buildings are sited around a central landscaped courtyard, with retail spaces and apartments along the busy arterials and assisted living units along the quieter residential streets. The development will also include amenities for the community, such as a pocket park and a south facing plaza featuring public art.

Press

Merrill Gardens Awarded Design 2011 Merit Award
03.22.2011: Long Term Living Magazine
The evolution of Merril Gardens at the University is a tale of two generations

 

 

Client: Merrill Gardens / SRM Development, LLC
Status: Completed 2009
Total sf: 335,076
Units: 103

The Borealis | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg has exemplified a team attitude in all of our projects. Because of their knowledge and experience, they roll up their sleeves and generate accurate documents that facilitate a successful project. Ken Coleman - President, Compass Construction

Case Study: Housing

The Borealis

Creating an affordable green oasis

This design was inspired by its proximity to Denny Park. A landscaping “green screen” was created as a way to extend the park into the neighborhood and to mediate between the traffic of the street and the residences. A landscaped setback along Denny Way provides further opportunity to introduce greenery into the site. The Borealis provides affordable workforce housing for persons earning up to 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) and achieved a Built Green 3-star rating by the Master Builders Association.

Press

Borealis Apartments Wins National Gold Nugget Award
06.27.2009: The Fearey Group 
Gold Nugget judges awarded Outstanding Affordable Housing Project 

 

Client: Vulcan Real Estate
Status: Completed 2008
Total sf: 60,364
Units: 53

The Beardmore Building | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg has exemplified a team attitude in all of our projects. Because of their knowledge and experience, they roll up their sleeves and generate accurate documents that facilitate a successful project. Ken Coleman - President, Compass Construction

Case Study: Adaptive Re-Use

The Beardmore Building

A national icon of historic preservation and sustainability

Built in 1922 in Priest River, Idaho, the Beardmore Building is one of the most architecturally and culturally significant buildings in the region. The goal of its restoration was to revitalize the historic downtown and to rehabilitate the structure according to the Department of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation while demonstrating sustainable building practices. The design integrates the restoration of the original building with new technologies such as rainwater harvesting, energy-efficient lighting, mechanical systems, and photovoltaic arrays. When completed, the building was one of only five Historic Landmark buildings in the U.S. to achieve LEED® Gold certification.

Press

Award Winner Spotlight
Spring 2011: AASLH History News 
Runberg sparks revitalization of Priest River's historic downtown 

Smithsonian's Traveling Exhibit Debuts in Big Event for Little Priest River
09.2011: The Spokesman-Review
The Smithsonian comes to Priest River

They Built the Beardmore 
01.2010: Idaho Magazine 
The Beardmore is the story of the rise and fall and poignant rise of a Priest River family's grand edifice. 

The Beardmore Block 
11.09.2010: Daily Journal of Commerce 
The Beardmore is both on the National Registry of Historic Places and LEED Gold certified. 

 

 

Client: The Beardmore Company, LLC
Status: Completed 2009
Total sf: 32,500
LEED Gold Certification

 

Expo Apartments | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg has exemplified a team attitude in all of our projects. Because of their knowledge and experience, they roll up their sleeves and generate accurate documents that facilitate a successful project. Ken Coleman - President, Compass Construction

Case Study: Urban Mixed-Use

Expo Apartments

The new 'front door' of Seattle Center

Expo Apartments is located in a prime pedestrian neighborhood east of Seattle Center and directly north of Key Arena. Ground-level retail spaces will engage the heavy foot traffic along 1st Avenue North and Republican Street, while ground-level live/work units will interact with the slower paced activity along Warren Avenue. The design focuses on the relationship of private, semi-private and public open spaces throughout to further enhance the pedestrian environment.

Press

PCBC Gold Nugget Award of Merit
July 2013
Best Mixed-Use Project 

PCBC Gold Nugget Award of Merit
July 2013
Best Multi-Family Housing Project 

275 Apartments Planned for Site on Queen Anne 
04.22.2010: Daily Journal of Commerce 
New apartment and retail project 

 

Client: Essex Property Trust
Status: Completed 2012
Total sf: 363,885
Units: 266
LEED Gold Certification

 

Market Street Village | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg has exemplified a team attitude in all of our projects. Because of their knowledge and experience, they roll up their sleeves and generate accurate documents that facilitate a successful project. Ken Coleman - President, Compass Construction

Case Study: Urban Mixed-Use

Market Street Village

Revitalizing a city block in San Diego's East Village

Market Street Village is located in San Diego, California’s up and coming East Village neighborhood, near the newly constructed Petco Park stadium. The design incorporates an appropriate high density mixed-use solution featuring a ground level grocery store with five stories of apartments above. The focus of the residential program was the creation of outdoor “rooms,” providing amenities such as a pool, fire pit, and lounge. The façades are highly articulated with exterior decks, terraced upper floors, and expressed volumes that break down the overall scale of the building.

Press

Efficient Design 
02.21.2007: Multi-Family Executive 
Within weeks of opening in San Diego 80 studio rental units were nearly full

 

Client: SRM Development, LLC
Status: Completed 2007
Total sf: 183,086
Units: 229

The Sanctuary | Runberg Architecture Group
Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Adaptive Re-Use

The Sanctuary

A house of worship becomes a home

The First Church of Christ Scientist (1909) is a historic landmark structure given new life through its renovation into 12 townhomes. Modifications to the historic structure were designed by working closely with the Landmark Preservation Board. Original interior plaster details are preserved in the dwelling units, and the original stained glass skylight dome graces a central atrium which serves as a focal point, creating a play between the old-world craftsmanship and modern dwelling units.

 

Press

PCBC Gold Nugget Grand Award
July 2013
Best Residential Project of the Year

PCBC Gold Nugget Grand Award
July 2013
Best Renovated, Restored, or Adapative Re-Use Residential Project 

Home Worship 
July 2013
Palladio Award for Sanctuary townhomes 

Palladio Award
2013
Best Multi-Unit Residential Project 

Capitol Hill Inspires Award-Winning Architectural Design 
7.16.2013: Capitol Hill Seattle Blog 
Runberg brings in seven Gold Nugget Awards 

Real-Estate Reformation
12.13.12: Wall Street Journal
Transformation of a church into townhomes

Breaking Bread
October/November 2012: Home by Design
A century-old church becomes townhomes 

 

Client: First Church, LLC
Status: Completed 2012
Total sf: 39,985
Units: 12