Case Study: Housing
Creating an affordable green oasis
Within the economies of affordable housing, we're continually finding new ways to enrich the social and environmental pleasures of life in a dense urban community. Inspired by its proximity to Denny Park, our design of the Borealis includes a vertical "green screen" that extends the park into the neighborhood and serves as a verdant buffer between street traffic and residences. A landscaped setback along Denny Way introduces more opportunities for green growing things. The Borealis achieved a Built Green 3-star rating from the Masters Builders Association. It also qualifies for the Seattle City Light Built Smart program for being designed and built to conserve resources and provide energy-efficient living environments. The development provides affordable housing for households earning up to 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).
06.27.2009: The Fearey Group Gold Nugget judges awarded Borealis Apartments as Outstanding Affordable Housing Project for its ability to creatively address affordability and sustainability values. More...
07.09.2009: Sustainable Industries The sustainable features did not make it more expensive than a conventional building. More...
Client: Vulcan Real Estate
Status: Completed 2008
Total sf: 60,364
Residential sf: 32,920
Commercial sf: 3,667
Residential Units: 53