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May 5, 2017

Multifamily Construction

Photo by Francis Zera Photography
N23 was built on a tight 3,300-square-foot site in the University District.


N23 micro apartments
Synergy Construction

Architect: Studio 19 Architects

Engineer: Michael Nouwens Structural Consultants

Owner: GLP Holdings LLC

ABC members: Ahlers & Cressman; Dexter + Chaney; Propel Insurance; Safety Matters




N23 micro apartments is a 23-unit building in Seattle’s University District designed in a modified triangle shape to fit its 3,300-square-foot lot.

The four-story, wood-frame structure houses micro apartments, each with its own bathroom. Tenants share a kitchen, laundry and mail facilities on the first floor.

GLP Holdings, Synergy Construction and Studio 19 Architects collaborated during the 14-month project to complete a high-performance, LEED silver certified affordable housing property. The team worked through preconstruction and design in order to maximize the available resources. In addition, the team produced a flexible plan for deliveries, traffic control and site safety.

Exterior finishes are a combination of stucco and metal siding. The structure also has an exterior steel stairway as a second egress and contains a fire sprinkler system. A bio-retention system that includes a planter and pervious pavers for the hardscape allows for natural water infiltration.

Even with its modern design, energy efficiency and architectural features that are on par with a much more expensive building, it is the most affordable new apartment building in the University District.

Synergy completed the project on time and had no medical or time-loss injuries during the 5,008 hours worked.


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