Posted: January 28, 2020 | Projects
Bringing eighty new units of senior (55+) affordable housing apartments to the edge of downtown, the Eleanor Apartments also brought new life to an underused corner of the city. The apartments include features designed to engage people within the urban environment, and to support and promote healthy living and social interaction.
Photo Courtesy of Jim Krause
Owner Mercy Housing is committed to a holistic approach, and blends amenities and resident services into its mission of housing vulnerable communities. The project responds by integrating four distinct strategies that are accomplished or reinforced through design and building features:
Encourage Social Interaction, Health and Well-Being: features include a pea patch, open stair, walking route; tall windows for daylight; outdoor and indoor gathering spaces, ground-floor front doors and small gardens; bike storage; and the units are pet-friendly. A small office and exam room on the ground floor accommodates visiting medical professionals, and signage guides residents to wellness opportunities throughout the building.
Inspire Sense of Identity, Pride & Belonging: high quality materials; distinctive colors to help identify building and floors; personalized entries; common spaces to encourage interaction, including mail room lobby, fourth-floor deck and spacious community room.
Protect Environment, Conserve Resources: 99.9 kw photovoltaic array, triple-pane windows, durable, solid-surface countertops, rain garden, bus stop, bike storage. These features help the building meet Evergreen Sustainable Development Standards.
Enhance Urban Fabric and Invite Pedestrians: positive street presence on all sides; building respects urban setting by abutting the street at the corner with a commercial-like presence (locating the main community space on this corner provides street-level activity and interest); ground-floor units step back and are elevated with stoops and small fenced front garden. Green edge on opposite side of the building addresses the “drive by” experience; strong corners reinforce character. The building’s large lineal mass is articulated to echo the rhythm of a downtown street. Window bays project from the façade and vibrant color is used to emphasize the form and enliven the street. The building brings masonry down to the pedestrian level and provides steel canopies for weather protection and a strong urban feel.
1223 Railroad Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225
Swenson Sey Faget
2124 3rd Avenue, #100
Seattle, WA 98121
20201 Cedar Valley Road, #120
Lynnwood, WA 98036
208 3rd Street, #4A
Lynden, WA 98036
General Contractor & Cost Estimator
405 32nd Street, #110
Bellingham, WA 98225
Date Bid: Aug 2016
Construction Period: Sep 2016 to Sep 2017
Total Square Feet: 69,152
Site: 1.2 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: Ground floor, 16,894; second floor, 17,419; third floor, 17,420; fourth floor, 17,419; total, 69,152 square feet.
Building Height: Ground floor, 13’; second floor, 10’3”; third floor, 10’3”; fourth floor, 9’3”; total, 49’6”.
Basic Construction Type: New/V-A.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtain wall.
Floors: Concrete, wood.
Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall, metal stud drywall.