Runberg Architecture Group

Case Study: Housing

The Marion West

Developed by a unique partnership of the Low Income Housing Institute, YouthCare and the University District Food Bank, The Marion West provides 29 units of workforce housing and 20 units of transitional housing. The building provides space for counseling and on-site employment training for formerly homeless youth, a food bank, rooftop urban agriculture and a café. The ground floor design creates seating for food bank patrons and residents separate from pedestrian traffic along Roosevelt Way. The upper levels rotate towards the large public lawn of the adjacent historic University Branch Library.


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