University of Washington, Hutchinson Hall (HUT), School of Drama. W Stevens Wy NE, Seattle, WA 98105. 4EA Building Science, seismic upgrades.

4EA in the News: May 2024

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76 affordable units, community hub, to break ground soon in White Center

May 2, 2024, DJC

“Community Roots Housing says ground will officially be broken May 18 on a new affordable housing/community center project in White Center, the White Center Community HUB.

The development has been in the works since 2017. It comprises a new four-story multifamily building, with 76 affordable units, and a separate two-story community center with around 24,200 square feet.

Those buildings will be separated by a shared plaza and play area. They will also share a surface parking lot with around 87 stalls.

The White Center Community HUB is being developed by the White Center Community Development Association (WCCDA) in partnership with Community Roots (which will operate the housing building), Southwest Youth & Family Services, Rise Together, and King County.”

Clark brings reinforcement to UWs URMs

May 3, 2024, DJC

“Hutchinson Hall is located on the campus’s main street, Stevens Way, and was built in 1927. It is currently home to the School of Drama.

The historic structure is mainly unreinforced masonry. To improve the building’s seismic resilience, Clark has installed various improvements which will allow occupants more time to exit the building safely in the event of an earthquake.”

Exxel Pacific to break ground on 84 affordable units at St. Luke’s in Ballard

May 7, 2024, DJC

“St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is planning to raze and redevelop its property next to Ballard Commons Park. The long-brewing project has two components, east and west, with 290 apartments and a new church.

The church recently announced that May 17 will be the official groundbreaking for the east building, at 2035 N.W. 58th St. Exxel Pacific will build the project.

The eight-story, 84-unit east building, designed by Perkins Eastman (formerly VIA Architects) and developed by Bridge Housing, will be entirely affordable. Future renters are expected to earn up to 60% of area median income.”

MUP finally arrives for 79 West Seattle units, and new Husky Deli

May 9, 2024, DJC

“Plans emerged five years ago to replace some old commercial buildings with a new apartment project at 4747 California Ave. S.W., in the Alaska Junction area of West Seattle.

Designed by Ankrom Moisan Architects for developer HB Management, the midblock plan now stands at seven stories and 79 units, with a new home for Husky Deli — a neighborhood favorite in the Junction since 1932. (The same local family owns half the development site and the old deli building, a few doors to the north on the same block.)

After being dormant for about two years, the project rebooted this past winter. The team includes Karen Kiest Landscape Architects; Rushing, MEP; Michael Nouwens, structural engineer; PanGeo, geotechnical engineer; Decker Consulting, civil engineer; 4EA Building Science, envelope; Terrane, surveyor; and Bush, Roed & Hitchings, additional surveyor. Four years ago, Saco was attached as the builder.”

Rook Apartments

May 13, 2024, DJC

“The recently opened Rook Apartments cover a half-block in downtown Tacoma’s Brewery District.

The development includes two eight-story apartment towers with a total of 368 units.

Rook is inspired by Tacoma’s historic timber industry. Interiors feature reclaimed wood and steel beams for an industrial style that nods back to the city’s roots.

The development is located close to the T Line Link Light Rail, the Greater Tacoma Convention Center and the University of Washington Tacoma Campus.”

TOD, with 425 apartments, planned for Mountlake Terrace

May 16, 2024, DJC

“Developer Mill Stream Properties Group is proposing to build a new approximately 511,000-square-foot apartment complex in Mountlake Terrace.

The transit-oriented development would be addressed at 5901 236th St. S.W., steps from the soon-to-open Mountlake Terrace Link Light Rail Station and just east of the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center.

Sound Transit currently uses the project site as a temporary parking lot, which it set up during construction of the new transit station. Mill Stream purchased the site in 2019 and subsequently leased the land back to Sound Transit, which then cleared the area to make way for the parking lot. Mountlake Terrace station is slated to open Aug. 30.”

172 Capitol Hill units on track for MUP

May 16, 2024, DJC

“Spanning nearly a half block on the east side of Capitol Hill, the long-vacant former QFC — plus a neighboring building — will be transformed into the one of the largest apartment buildings on that commercial strip. Runberg Architecture Group is designing the project at 416 15th Ave. E. The proposal now stands at six stories and 172 units; a third and final design review should be scheduled this summer. A master use permit appears well within reach.

Hunters Capital is the developer, and Exxel Pacific is the builder. The team also includes Jett Landscape Architecture + Design; Jennifer Wells, arborist; Bush, Roed & Hitchings, surveyor; Coughlin Porter Lundeen, civil and structural engineer; Riley Group, geotechnical engineer; and 4EA, envelope.”

UW opens $244M behavioral health teaching hospital

May 22, 2024, DJC

“University of Washington snipped the ribbon May 15 on the Center for Behavioral Health and Learning at the UW Medical Center – Northwest campus in Northgate.

This new teaching hospital has 150 beds for behavioral health patients with acute medical and behavioral health disorders and will support a full continuum of clinical services ranging from effective medication management and psychotherapies to neuromodulation treatments and medical and surgical care.

The facility also serves as the new home for an interdisciplinary training and workforce development program that is focused on preparing and supporting the next generation of Washington’s behavioral health providers. Medical students from UW will train at the hospital and work with real patients as they prepare to enter the field of psychiatry.”

DESC opens 95 supportive housing units in Burien

May 28, 2024, DJC

“May 23 marked the official opening of Bloomside, a new 95-unit supportive housing building at 801 S.W. 150th St. in Burien.

The six-story building was developed by Downtown Emergency Services Center (DESC) in partnership with Dominium Partners of Minneapolis.

DESC owns and operates the building. It is the nonprofit developer’s first supportive housing building to open outside of Seattle.

Units at Bloomside are all studios for single adults living with disabilities, who are highly vulnerable, earn less than 30% of the area median income, and who have been experiencing homelessness. A total of 25 units are reserved for U.S. veterans. DESC will offer wrap-around support services to all tenants.”

Permanent supportive housing building opens on church-owned site in CD

May 29, 2024, DJC

“Today marks the grand opening of Good Shepherd House, a new 86-unit permanent supportive housing building in Seattle’s Central District.

The seven-story property is located on a 13,528-square-foot site at 1415 22nd Ave., owned by the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. The church is adjacent to the new building.

Good Shepherd House was developed by the church in partnership with the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) which is the building’s operator. LIHI has a 99-year land lease for the site and property.”

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