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May 16, 2014

Construction Award -- Public building
$50 million-$100 million

Photo by Chris Roberts [enlarge]
W.G. Clark reworked the construction schedule to allow two extra months of design time without delaying the completion date.

Mercer Court student housing

Location: Seattle

General contractor: W.G. Clark Construction

Owner/developer: University of Washington Housing and Food Services

Primary designer: Ankrom Moisan Architects

Mercer Court is a 463,500-square-foot, five-building complex that houses over 1,300 students on the University of Washington campus.

It includes a mixture of studio and two- to six-bedroom apartments. The facility includes a large fireplace lounge, indoor bike storage, music practice rooms, rooftop lounge/study areas, a great room with a games area, and laundry facilities that utilize a rainwater collection cistern as their primary source of water.

An on-site specialty coffee shop and coffee roasting facility sits alongside the Burke-Gilman Trail, which was reconstructed as part of this project. The grounds include farm plots that are run and maintained by UW Farms, where students grow and gather produce.

W.G. Clark provided extensive pre-construction services for the project, including constructability and material analysis, estimating, scheduling, LEED and sustainability analysis. The project is slated to achieve LEED gold certification.

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