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September 13, 2016

East Pike apartments will meet Passive House energy standards

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Barrientos has reduced the number of units and refined the design for a new mixed-use building that will meet Passive House energy efficiency standards at 1300 E. Pike St., where Fran's Chocolates once operated.

Developer Maria Barrientos is a partner with Cascade Built on the project. Cascade Built also will act as the contractor and the architect is Weber Thompson.

There will be a design-review presentation at Seattle University on Wednesday, Sept. 21, starting at 6 p.m. in the Admissions Building.

The six-story building has been reduced from 55 to 45 apartments. Retail space has been increased to about 4,000 square feet, and there will be 13 parking stalls below grade.

Barrientos still intends to meet passive-house standards for energy use so that only minimal heating and cooling will be required for the structure. The high energy efficiency will be gained by constructing a very tight building envelope, with high-performance windows, doors, insulation, ventilation systems and air seals. Automated exterior window shades on the south and west faces are planned, and there will be a central air-circulation shaft for cooling. Exterior stairs will not require heating or cooling.

Fran's Chocolates moved to Georgetown. Founder Fran Bigelow and her family still own the land beneath 1300 E. Pike via an LLC.

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