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July 10, 2015

Walton Lofts opens in Belltown

Photo by Benjamin Benschneider [enlarge]

The Schuster Group says the 13-story Walton Lofts in Belltown has been open about a week and is 40 percent preleased.

The 136-unit complex is at Western Avenue and Vine Street, half a block from the Belltown P-Patch.

Shoesmith Cox Architects and VIA Architecture designed the project, and Turner Construction was the general contractor.

The team also includes Coughlin Porter Lundeen, structural and civil engineer; Auburn Mechanical, plumbing engineer; Hermanson, mechanical engineer; Sequoyah Electric, electrical engineer; PanGeo, geotechnical engineer; and Kenneth Philp Landscape Architects.

The Schuster Group is participating in Growing Vine Street, a community effort that started in the 1990s to treat the street as a watershed and create a street park.

Walton Lofts includes a system of runnels and weirs that capture rainwater from the roof, filter it through a green roof on the fifth floor, and move it through runnels on the exterior of the building to Vine Street. Water pours from a sculpture into the weir system where it is filtered before going into Puget Sound.

The Schuster Group said Walton Lofts received Three Globes certification from Green Building Initiative's Green Globes program. That is the equivalent of LEED gold.

Other features in the building are a library, private guest suite for visitors, bicycle workshop and storage, rooftop pet walk, gym and a rooftop deck with views of Elliott Bay.

The Schuster Group is a Seattle-based real estate investment, development and merchant banking firm established in 1989.

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