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Desirably Dense

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 28, 2015 1:51:32 PM

STREAM BELMONT IS A NEW six-story, 70-unit apartment building located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, one of the city’s most desirable and populated communities. This highly walkable district is located just minutes from downtown, close to shopping, nightlife, transit and several tech companies. A collaboration between Stream Real Estate, Compass General Construc tion and NK Architects, the attractive building combines traditional brick with unpainted cedar to achieve a modern aesthetic that is still in character with its neighborhood.

“The owner was interested in keeping it relevant,” says Jill Burdeen, managing associate for NK Architects. “There is a lot of brick in the neighborhood.”

The units range from studios under 500 square feet to larger one- and two-bedroom units; the largest is just over 1,000 square feet. “Massive” windows, generous balconies, open plans and light-colored interior finishes create bright spaces.

Stream Real Estate pioneered the use of reverse cycle air-to-water chillers and optimized the system for Stream Belmont. The chillers use ambient air in the building’s garage to heat domestic hot water. Given that 30 percent of the building’s energy budget goes to heating water, this approach is 75 percent more efficient than traditional boilers. In addition, the developer has assumed the payments for hot water heating, which means lower utility bills for tenants.

The project can also claim a carbon-neutral footprint, thanks to the developer’s participation in Forterra’s Evergreen Carbon Capture Program. By partnering with local non-profits and community service groups to plant native conifer trees in parts and natural areas, Stream Real Estate was able to offset the building’s carbon emissions, both during and after construction.

The same team has assembled for a similar multi-family project not far from Stream Belmont.
“We had so much fun on the project, we decided to do it again,” says Burdeen.

  • The creative use of durable brick and composites mixed with natural cedar siding complements nearby buildings and respects the historic context of its neighborhood.

    The building’s Walk Score of 98 means residents can easily access everything they need: groceries, shopping, nightlife, parks and transit, including a soon-to-be-completed light rail line.

    All of the building’s parking is hidden below the building, which minimizes the heat island effect.

  • Private, full-size balconies and a rooftop deck with views of the city and Puget Sound offer residents outdoor spaces to savor sunny days.

  • Large windows bring in abundant natural light to combat Seattle’s gray climate. Sourced from Washington manufacturer VPI, the windows have impressive U-values of between 0.26 and 0.28.

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Topics: multi-family, 2014 Green Home of the Year