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October 14, 2021

Residential $10 million to $25 million

Photo courtesy of ABC
Prism Apartments consists of 134 market-rate apartments and four live/work units in a seven-story building.

Prism Apartments
Rafn Co.

ABC members: Evergreen Concrete Cutting; Frontier Door & Cabinet; General Storefronts; Rainbow Federal; Village Framers

Location: 10711 Eighth Ave. N., Seattle

Prism Apartments is located on the edge of the Northgate Urban Center and consists of 134 market-rate apartments and four live/work units in a 147,000-square-foot, seven-story building with 121 parking spaces. This is the third largest mixed-use building Rafn has built for Wallace Properties on this block in the Northgate neighborhood.

A signature feature at the corner of the building is its weathered steel and glass-clad tower entryway, creating a unique and modern look. A green roof, pervious pavers, and bioretention planters complete the forward-thinking design.

Resident amenities include a business center with individual work pods and conference room; a spacious bike storage and repair area; a resident lounge that includes a kitchen, living area and pool table; and a U-shaped south-facing courtyard featuring a fire pit, barbecues, trellises, planters and seating clusters.

The proximity of power transmission lines to the front of the building was a major concern and consideration for the design and construction of the building. First, the architect was able to design the building to step back from the lines to meet clearance and reduce the building’s scale in the process. Then it was Rafn’s turn to construct the building safely. Even though their work area was outside of the legal minimum clearances with a buffer for an additional level of safety, the team regularly briefed workers prior to working in these areas and regularly observed work being performed in these areas to ensure everyone was operating safely.

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