2013 Recipient | AIA Housing Awards

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West Campus Housing - Phase I | Notes of Interest

This project—providing 1,650 beds of student housing in five buildings—has transformed a neglected campus edge district into a vibrant, mixed-use urban precinct for a growing public university in the Northwest. Careful attention to program distribution, transparency, pedestrian flow, safe street crossing, and accessible routes and entries supports the interconnectivity of the concept.

As the first phase of a student housing expansion for the university, the 668,800-square-foot project comprises three residential halls and two apartment buildings. To ensure the project is woven into the fabric of the city, it includes a number of publicly accessible spaces, including a 116-seat restaurant, 7,000-square-foot grocery store, café, conference center, academic support center, health and wellness center, and two retail spaces. Two public open spaces have been provided for residents and neighbors: an on-grade park, anchoring the complex along NE Campus Parkway, and a quiet courtyard allowing pedestrians to cut through one residence hall at grade or eat their to-go lunch from the grocery store. In addition, every building provides an elevated, secure, private terrace for its residential community outfitted for barbecuing or studying outdoors in fair weather.

The project has created a new walkable, transit-oriented neighborhood. A pedestrian-friendly environment has been created by narrowing roadways, widening sidewalks, planting trees along the streets, and adding covered bus stops. Accessible routes to bus stops and public amenities have been created by providing a pathway through a residence hall plaza, tying all four sites together and ensuring safe and easy passage for those with mobility impairments.

High-technology systems and unusual materials were eschewed in favor of an approach that accepted normative construction practices for the multifamily market, and then pushed these to the limits to produce a holistic, integrated sustainability for this new student community. The exterior material palette was kept simple and economical: imperial-sized brick, white vinyl windows, wood, and weathering steel. Interior materials—mostly recycled, with no VOC content—were selected on the basis of reducing the energy required for shipping and manufacture.

Additional Credit

  • Acoustics: SSA Acoustics LLP
  • Audio/Video: Delta AV Systems
  • Commissioning Agent: Keithly Barber Associates
  • Consultant – Code: T.A.Kinsman Consulting Company
  • Consultant – Envelope: RDH Group
  • Consultant – Grocery: Philips Enterprises Inc.
  • Consultant – Hardware: Adams Consulting/Estimating
  • Cost Estimator: Rider Hunt Levett & Bailey
  • Engineer – Civil: SVR Design Company
  • Engineer – MEP: PAE Consulting Engineers
  • Engineer – Structural: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
  • Food Service: JLR Design Group
  • Landscape Architect: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol LLC
  • Lighting: LUMA Lighting Design, Inc
  • Planner: Robert Sabbatini Planning and Design
  • Security: Sonitrol Security
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Photo Credit

  • © Benjamin Benschneider 

West Campus Housing - Phase I

  • Architect: Mahlum Architects
  • Owner: University of Washington, Housing & Food Services
  • Location: Seattle

Category Four: Specialized Housing

Jury Comments

This is a well-thought-out and executed project. It’s a model for urban dense housing. The treatment of the ground floor, the glazing, the use of warm materials is all exemplary.

This project is quite engaging: the space planning is excellent as is the choice of materials inside and out.

2013 AIA Housing Awards Jury

  • Kathleen Dorgan, AIA, Chair
  • Dorgan Architecture & Planning
  • Storrs, Connecticut
  • John Isch, AIA
  • RWA Architects, Inc.
  • Cincinnati
  • R. Thomas Jones, AIA
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • San Luis Obispo, California
  • Stephen Sharpe, Hon. AIA
  • Austin, Texas
  • Charles L. Travis, AIA
  • The Housing Studio, P.A.
  • Charlotte

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