H2O Apts Breaks Ground, Targets LEED-H Gold

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In Lower Queen Anne, a new apartment development broke ground last Friday: H2O Apartments at 201 W. Harrison. The 6-story, 45-unit building is expected to be completed in January 2013 and is targeting a high bar:

The project is targeting LEED-H Gold – making it significantly more efficient than required by existing codes – with high standards for both energy and water efficiency, including a green roof, rain water planter and exterior walkways that allow for cross-ventilation in all units and increased day-lighting. Eliminating enclosed corridors reduced the need for energy-intensive mechanical and lighting systems.

The unit breakdown is as follows (square footage is approximate):

  • 5 live/work units (670 sf – 820 sf)
  • 5 studio units (450 sf)
  • 24 one bedroom units (540 sf – 710 sf)
  • 11 two bedroom (810 sf – 1050 sf)

The live/work units will be double-height with floor-to-ceiling glass and a mezzanine level that overlooks the living space (sounds lofty!). In addition, there are 6 multi-level townhome units (presumably with 2-bedrooms), five of which will be on the top floor. Modern and efficient are what we are told to expect from the designs, and the building will also include street level retail and below grade parking.

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According to the release, this is the first project to be designed and developed by NK Architects, along with Nina Patera and a silent financial partner. Berkadia provided the commercial mortgage (HUD 221D4). The GC is Compass Construction. YT Engineers provided structural engineering services, KKLA were the landscape architects and PACE Engineers provided civil engineering services.

A completion date of January 2013 seems like good timing considering the new AVA Apartments (targeting LEED Platinum) are just around the corner and currently leasing.

Full release after the jump.

Seattle-based NK Architects today broke ground on its newest multi-family project – with a twist.

The H2O Apartments, located at 201 W. Harrison Street in Lower Queen Anne, is the first project to be designed and developed by Brandon Nicholson and Shanna Kovalchick, founding partners of NK Architects, along with Nina Patera and a silent financial partner.

The six-story, 45-unit apartment building will include five live/work units, 1,600 square feet of corner retail space, and one level of below-grade parking. H20 will provide dense urban-infill housing close to the downtown core, South Lake Union, nearby research campuses, entertainment, shopping and transit. The project is targeting LEED-H Gold – making it significantly more efficient than required by existing codes – with high standards for both energy and water efficiency, including a green roof, rain water planter and exterior walkways that allow for cross-ventilation in all units and increased day-lighting. Eliminating enclosed corridors reduced the need for energy-intensive mechanical and lighting systems.

H2O Apartments benefits from NK Architects’ experience in designing contextual and sustainable buildings, and advising developers.

“This project began during the economic downturn and enabled us to keep our talented team busy,” said Brandon Nicholson. “We’re excited to be breaking ground on a building that we’ve designed that supports our mission to create a sustainable city, while providing more market-rate housing.”

Berkadia provided the commercial mortgage (HUD 221D4). The GC is Compass Construction. YT Engineers provided structural engineering services, KKLA were the landscape architects and PACE Engineers provided civil engineering services. Completion is expected in January 2013.

NK Architects is a full-service architecture firm that provides design and fee-development services, specializing in multifamily apartments, condos and senior housing.

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    Well the architects behind this one of a kind building needs to have a very high compensation because it really gives a stunning effect to people who are planning to get a unit in that place.