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November 7, 2014

Residential Honor award:
Skyline at First Hill

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Brick on low-rise apartment flats at Skyline maintains the scale of neighboring buildings.

Location: Seattle

Mason contractor: Wards’ Masonry

Architect: Perkins+Will

Owner: Presbyterian Retirement Communities Northwest

General contractor: Sellen Construction

This 630,000-square-foot complex consists of vernacular varied elevation treatments and brick masonry on low-rise apartment flats on Eighth Avenue to maintain scale elements with neighboring buildings.

Sustainable strategies include access to public transportation, reuse of an urban site, landscape and exterior elements that reduce the heat-island effect, non-CFC refrigerant in HVAC equipment, storage and collection of recyclables, recycled content in construction materials, environmental smoke control in public spaces, thermal comfort designed to meet and exceed ASHRAE standards, daylight and views for 75 percent of spaces.

Innovation in Design strategies included a hill-climb on Cherry Street to enhance public use of site.

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