Family First Community Center (FFCC). 16200 116th Ave SE, Renton, WA 98058

4EA in the News: June 2024

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!

Shea has all 476 Shoreline units leasing at Canopy

June 10, 2024, DJC

“Shea Properties and its builder, Rush Commercial, began work on a large, phased apartment project in Shoreline about three years ago. What’s now Canopy, at 18815 Aurora Ave. N., was constructed from north to south, replacing some old retail and office buildings. Ankrom Moisan Architects designed the seven-story, 476-unit project, which began leasing in phases.

The whole building is now leasing, with up to two months of free rent being offered to new tenants. Units run from studios to three-beds. 

Amenities include a gym, multiple lounges, and a roof deck with attached clubroom; bike rooms, storage lockers and a package room with cold storage.”

With summer groundbreaking, The Constellation Center will rise with job training plus eight stories of affordable housing at Broadway and Pine

June 10, 2024, Capitol Hill Seattle Blog

“Construction is finally set to begin this summer on The Constellation Center, a new $37 million center of education and training and eight stories of affordable housing that will bring together young adult homelessness service provider YouthCare, affordable housing provider Community Roots Housing, Seattle Central College, FareStart, the King County Center for Education and Career Opportunities and more to create ‘a hub of workforce development services’ in the heart of Capitol Hill at Broadway and Pine.

Plans call for an ‘adaptive reuse’ project to overhaul and upgrade the existing structures including the historic Booth Building that will remain three stories along E Pine and Broadway. The affordable housing apartment building to the south will rise eight stories on the site of the current surface parking lot.”

A facade-ectomy for Hotel Seattle

June 12, 2024, DJC

“Having been sold to local investors three years ago, downtown’s vacant old Hotel Seattle is bound for renovations and an eventual reopening with a new name. And, though final permits aren’t yet quite in place, dumpsters are now parked at 315 Seneca St., and the lower facade is now being stripped of its 1960s additions.

The 12-story building was landmarked after the sale, and that status will presumably aid in obtaining federal historic tax credits. But there’s no sign yet of a construction loan.”

Renton community center is LEED Silver certified

June 12, 2024, DJC

“The Family First Community Center (FFCC) in Renton is officially LEED Silver certified.

The 21,000-square-foot building opened at 16200 116th Ave. S.E. last June and recently received its LEED accreditation.

The unique facility combines traditional functions of a community center, such as community meeting space and classrooms, with an on-site medical clinic operated by HealthPoint.

Energy efficient features include high-efficiency mechanical systems, a green roof with solar-reflective materials, energy-efficient lighting and water conservation measures, and charging stations for electric vehicles.”

Aries at Bitter Lake in Seattle Wins VISION 2050 Award

June 12, 2024, Puget Sound Regional Council

“The housing development Aries at Bitter Lake has won a VISION 2050 Award from the Puget Sound Regional Council. The VISION 2050 Awards celebrate progress ­to enhance the region’s communities and natural environment while advancing equity and opportunity for all.  The awards recognize innovative work in the region to create a better future for central Puget Sound.

The Aries at Bitter Lake is an innovative, transit-oriented affordable housing community designed to foster vibrant urban living. Located in the Bitter Lake neighborhood of Seattle, the development provides 200 affordable homes for individuals and families earning lower incomes (50%-60% AMI). The Aries is located near many community amenities and public transportation. This property was developed and is managed by Bellwether Housing, a nonprofit affordable housing provider, and it was designed by SMR Architects and constructed by Walsh Construction Co.”

ASUW raises $19M to restore historic ‘Boys in the Boat’ Shell House

June 17, 2024, DJC

“The historic ASUW Shell House, where the renowned ‘Boys in the Boat’ rowing team once trained, is all set for restoration following the conclusion of a successful fundraising campaign for the project.

The Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW), which is leading the renovation, announced last week that it has surpassed its fundraising goal of $18.5 million and raised $19.2 million to fund the next chapter of the 106-year-old structure.

Funding comes from a mix of sources and a total of 4,515 donors. These include large organizations such as Microsoft and the National Park Service as well as many private individuals. ASUW says the average gift (minus the top 25) was $550.”

High Street lands MUP for 244 Roosevelt units near station

June 20, 2024, DJC

“Under different developers and architects, apartment plans go back some five years for a corner site at 6716 Roosevelt Way N.E. It’s a complicated assemblage with split zoning, anchored most recently by the Red Line Auto Electric shop on the corner of Northeast 68th Street.

Land sales should be coming soon, since the city issued a master use permit this week for High Street Residential’s seven-story, 244-unit plan. Weinstein AU is the architect, with the apt working title of 68th & Roosevelt.

The assemblage spans seven parcels, and extends east along 68th to 12th Avenue Northeast. That represents about 36,720 square feet. The long north-facing building will have about 250,000 square feet, including parking and amenities. The Mandatory Housing Affordability fee will be about $4.3 million.”

Construction Starts For Two Affordable Housing Projects At Transbay Block 2, San Francisco

June 24, 2024, San Francisco YIMBY

“Construction has started for two affordable housing complexes rising on Transbay Block 2 in East Cut, San Francisco. While site work has been active since the start of this year, its official groundbreaking ceremony was held late last month. Once complete, the block will add 335 new apartments in the high-rise neighborhood by Rincon Hill.

The taller complex will be Transbay 2 East, a 17-story family housing project led by Mercy Housing. The complex will offer 183 units affordable to households earning between 20-80% of the area’s median income. Kennerly Architecture is responsible for the design.”

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