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July 15, 2015

Vulcan starts U District apartments

Image Courtesy Runberg Architecture Group [enlarge]

Vulcan Real Estate is starting construction on 208 apartments at 4041 Roosevelt Way N.E. in the University District.

The seven-story Augusta Apartments will have market-rate units and 3,600 square feet of retail.

The site is near the University District light rail station, which will open in 2021. Augusta will open in 2017.

Augusta was designed by Runberg Architecture Group. The contractor is Exxel Pacific. Vulcan said in a press release it will target LEED for Homes Gold or better, as well as Salmon Safe accreditation.

Tenants will share a roof deck, courtyard, guest suite, study area, fitness center, dog grooming room and sports court.

The developer said the site was once home to a computer center where Paul Allen and Bill Gates honed their programming skills as high school students, getting free use of computers in exchange for helping to debug them.

That connection led Paul Allen's company Vulcan to purchase the property in 2001.

Vulcan said Augusta Apartments is named after Augusta Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace, a British mathematician and writer in the mid 1800s who is regarded as the first computer programmer.

She was a close friend of Charles Babbage, who created the first mechanical computer, and Vulcan said her notes contain the first known documentation of an algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine.

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