4EA in the News: January 2023

The following includes articles discussing projects that 4EA is consulting on as the enclosure consultant. Our projects include mid-rise apartments, educational facilities, cultural and civic centers, private residences, and commercial enclosures. Find more projects here!

“Mercy Housing Northwest doesn’t yet own the land at Angle Lake Station, but it’s lined up almost all of its necessary approvals for a planned affordable housing project. The seven-story project will consist of 130 affordable units in SeaTac. They hope to break ground in May and complete the project by 2024. 4EA Building Science is listed as the enclosure consultant.”

Ballard Food Bank Seattle Washington

Jan 10 2023, e-architect

“Since its founding in the late 1970s, The Ballard Food Bank has expanded its services to meet the needs of the most vulnerable members of the community. Now in addition to addressing food insecurity, it provides social and medical services through collaborations with a variety of community partners. To provide a permanent and secure base for their operations and to address the increased needs within the community, the Food Bank set out to build a new home.”

“Apartments will run from studios to three-bedrooms, and will be affordable to those making 30% to 60% of area median income. Sizes look to range from around 430 to over 1,000 square feet. A 1,600-square-foot northeast corner retail bay and planned 7,500-square-foot childcare center contribute to a project size of some 202,620 square feet. El Centro de la Raza will operate the childcare space, per Community Roots. The city announced in October a $1.5 million grant for the childcare center, to be on Third, opposite Thornton Place.”

“A 8,141-square roof deck will go on the south end of the building, with views of Magnolia Village and the Olympics. The north end is slated to have rooftop solar panels, since the project is participating in the city’s Living Building Pilot Program, which grants extra floor area for various green features. The latter will also include a green roof, recycling of potable and non-potable water, a public plaza, energy-efficient appliances and tight building envelope.”

1617 Boylston Ave
1617 Boylston Ave. Photo Credit: Lara Swimmer

“To bring the building up to current energy code requirements, much of the interior brick had to be insulated and covered, but pilasters along the East wall are left featured and exposed. New storefront windows and entry doors have been set into the existing brick facade to better connect the main level to Boylston Ave. In addition to the primary entry is a second entry that opens directly into the main level, with a third at the Northeast corner of the property entering an additional enclosed stair.”

“Both blocks have passed through design review. Neither has a master use permit, but plans for the east block, at 4406 36th Ave. S.W., seem to be more advanced. W.G. Clark Construction is now attached to that eight-story, 275-unit project. (The west block will later add about 222 units.)”

“Recent SEPA filings target a start date next summer, presumably following a land sale at 3002 139th Ave. S.E. M-M Properties of Houston still owns the parcel, having sold the three-building park four years ago to Kennedy Wilson and Security Benefit. Construction is expected to last about 32 months.”

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