4EA in the News: November

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!

Public47 designs ‘timeless’ mass timber office building for investment firm’s new Mercer Island headquarters

Nov 1 2023, DJC

“From the outset, the vision was to design a building that was highly sustainable, environmentally responsible, and forward looking. Owing in part to its mass timber elements, since opening last year the structure has been certified LEED Gold. It is also all-electric and employs a combination of high-efficiency HVAC and heat recovery systems, a high-performance building envelope, LED lighting and daylight controls, and a roof-top solar array that generates around 25% of the building’s energy use.”

The Village SF Among Winners Of National Mass Timber Design Competition

Nov 5 2023, SF YIMBY

“Plans for The Village SF Wellness Center is among the five winners of the national 2023 Mass Timber Competition. The contest was run by the Softwood Lumber Board and the USDA Forest Service, focusing on building toward net-zero construction. The five winners will receive a combined $2.2 million. The Village SF, a proposed multi-function community hub for indigenous peoples in San Francisco’s Mission District, is developed by Friendship House, Equity Community Builders, and several Native-led nonprofits.”

NAIOP’s Night of the Stars: Let’s recap the winners!

Nov 9 2023, DJC

Multifamily Residential Suburban (over 100 units): Alexan Alderwood. Near the future light rail station, this project from Trammell Crow Residential has about 383 units. Strouse Davis Architecture designed the midrise building, with Exxel Pacific as general contractor.

Office Development: 555 Tower. From Vulcan Real Estate, this high rise was leased by Amazon three years ago, after construction had begun. (Turner was the builder, and NBBJ the architect.) The tallest building in Bellevue topped out in September, and will have some 967,500 square feet of offices. How much Amazon will occupy remains to be seen.”

Community Roots starts rehab of 98-year-old building in Belltown

Nov 13 2023, DJC

“Preserving existing affordable housing is an important supplement to new developments – it prevents displacement, revives existing buildings, and delays carbon emissions resulting from new construction,” Thea Munchel, vice president of real estate development and tax credit housing at Community Roots, stated in the release. “The rehabilitation of the Devonshire isn’t just about preserving bricks and mortar; it’s about reinvesting into our existing residents and communities to ensure safe and quality affordable homes for generations to come.”

Trammell Crow targets LEED Gold for Denny Triangle office building

Nov 14 2023, DJC

“The architect now says that LEED Gold certification will be sought for 901 Lenora. A “green grid” is to include landscaped terraces looking southwest to Ninth Avenue, along with a glass-enclosed stairway for those who eschew the elevators and are counting their steps on Fitbit. The architect says, “The stair is framed as a distinct element, visually setting itself apart from the rest of the gridded expression seen in the building facades.”

Seahawk-backed community center brings diverse services to Renton

Nov 16 2023, DJC

“It brings a host of new resources to serve families and individuals in an area of the city previously lacking vital community programs and services. These include a 3,000-square-foot health clinic offering medical, dental, and behavioral health services, and a gymnasium, fitness center, and outdoor play areas for sports and fitness recreation and education and wellness programming.

The center is the result of a unique community partnership between retired Seattle Seahawk Doug Baldwin Jr.’s Family First Community Center Foundation, the city of Renton, the Renton School District, and HealthPoint, a network of nonprofit community-based health centers. HealthPoint operates the clinic at FFCC.”

$79M STEM building to open at UW Bothell/Cascadia in January

Nov 20 2023, DJC

Called Innovation Hall, the new academic facility is co-developed by UW Bothell and Cascadia College to meet the growing need for STEM graduates in Washington and help build a more diverse STEM workforce for the region. The progressive design-build team of architect Mithun and general contractor Lease Crutcher Lewis devised and built the hall.”

Project of the Week: Family First Community Center

Nov 27 2023, DJC

“The Family First Community Center (FFCC) is a new 21,000-square-foot multi-purpose community wellness facility in Renton’s Benson Hill/ Cascade neighborhood. First conceptualized in 2014, the FFCC started as a vision from former Seahawk Doug Baldwin, Jr. Inspired by nature and powered by collaboration, the FFCC provides recreational and educational programs as well as a wide range of services, including medical, dental, and behavioral health care…. Building Envelope: 4EA Building Science”

172 Capitol Hill units gain polish for next review

Nov 28 2023, DJC

“Nearing completion is its 68-unit Hilltop Station, which replaced the eponymous old auto shop. Its website is now pre-leasing the apartments at 555 15th (a slight change of address), and a temporary certificate of occupancy seems obtainable by next spring or summer. (March is the goal.)… The team there now 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.”

High-rise tower, with 212 units, tops out in Belltown

Nov 29 2023, DJC

VIA – A Perkins Eastman Studio (formerly VIA Architecture), has designed the skyscraper which has a unique stepped design. The tower expresses itself in four distinct massing elements including the four-story brick podium, which is designed to relate to nearby low-rise historic masonry buildings, and the stepped glass tower above. The stepped massing creates a series of terraces for tenants to enjoy… [4EA Building Science], envelope.”


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