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June 4, 2018
Spectrum Development Solutions and Shoreline Community College broke ground last week on a 216-bed dormitory on the 83-acre campus at 16101 Greenwood Ave. N., a little north of The Highlands.
Planning began back in 2012 for what will be the college's first dorm.
Spectrum's team includes Encore Architects and general contractor W.G. Clark Construction.
The five-story building is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019. It's designed to meet LEED silver certification, with enhanced thermal performance, water-saving plumbing fixtures, a rooftop solar array and LED lighting.
The unnamed residence hall will have 68 units with common living rooms and kitchens. There will also be common study areas, a double-height great room and an outdoor courtyard.
In a statement, Shoreline President Cheryl Roberts said that the school's “transition to a residential campus will help us meet the clearly demonstrated demand for convenient and affordable housing options for our students.”
No budget was given for the project. Funding sources included the state and city of Shoreline.
The college, founded in 1964, has been known as a commuter school. But, said Shoreline's Alison Stevens, “There is a great deal of research that points to the impact that on-campus living has on a student's academic achievement and social emotional well-being.
“From a design and development standpoint, we focus first and foremost on creating spaces that foster ‘living-learning communities' to enhance a student's college experience.”
Six years ago, a city resident and friend of the college proposed a larger dorm that would be privately funded, with a projected budget of $20 million. At the time, a selling point was to house some of the 600 international students from 34 countries who attended the college and had few other affordable housing options.
Today, Shoreline has about 10,000 students annually, and 6,000 in a given quarter. About half its students are part-time. The college now has students from over 50 countries.