LEED Platinum mixed-used urban project opens for business

LEED Platinum mixed-used urban project opens for business

The newly completed 1519 Minor building scored LEED Platinum and the mixed-use urban project is an example of the urban development revitalizing downtown living.

The project optimizes the development potential of Seattle's rapidly emerging Pike/Pine neighborhood and provides tenants with easy access to the heart of Seattle, being a half-mile from hundreds of community resources.

The space includes 111 apartment residences, nine live-work units on the first floor, 3,000 square feet of leasable retail, a 30-stall parking garage, and a secure room for 35 bicycles with a fix-it station. The location of the site has a significant impact on transportation, with over 3000 weekday rides happening on public transportation. The location also features a high walkability score.

Green building features include:

  • The planting on the green roofs was designed to improve the habitat value of the site by using North American native plants, like blueberries and juneberries.The lower roof is fully planted with trees and the upper roof is a combination of sedum, a couple of larger trees, and several herbs including lavender and rosemary.
  • Low-flow plumbing will reduce overall irrigation demand by 80 percent.
  • Recycled materials and environmentally preferable building products were used in construction and include:
  • 45 percent recycled content on the flooring, low emission and green label plus
  • 25 percent post-consumer recycled content on the insulation
  • Low VOC millwork, paint, sealants
  • Recycled content for cabinet material, doors, interior trim
  • The solar hot water system saves 27 percent more energy.
  • The sunshades on the entire western facade minimize passive solar heat gain to reduce island effect.
  • 97 percent of construction waste was diverted.

The triangular configuration of the sloping site allowed for creative distribution of entries and amenities to give the project an urban feel in this eclectic neighborhood. The architectural expression is deliberately modern and colorful to knit the urban downtown core with the more residential and mixed-use character of Capitol Hill. 

Read more about green home certifications.

Topics: Certification / LEED, GREAT GREEN HOMES

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