Seattle University A&A BuildingLocated on Capitol Hill, Seattle University underwent a structural and tenant improvement renovation of an existing 7,700 SF building and the addition of a new 3,600 SF building. The project achieved gold LEED certification, which required careful management of all building elements to ensure that certification was met. The owners’ intent for the project was that it would function as the ‘centerpiece’ and ‘new front door’ for the University.
The roof was selectively demolished to accommodate new skylights and clerestory windows to increase the amount of natural light. The majority of the mechanical, HVAC, and electrical systems were run through a plenum created by the raised flooring system. Custom casework pieces and millwork elements were installed in various locations to achieve a lofty aesthetic intent. As part of the civil work on the site, a rainwater collection system was installed to supplement the irrigation system.
Site logistics presented a major challenge. Close coordination with the neighborhood was a priority during the project. With a tight budget with which to operate, multiple value engineering and unique cost saving exercises were reviewed throughout the pre-construction phase of the project. Careful coordination was made among subcontractors and the Charter team members to ensure that the scheduled completion was met.
Architect: James Cary, Architect
Location: Capitol Hill, Seattle, Washington