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2006 Top Housing Projects

By Lucy Bodilly

Housing projects are one of the hottest construction sectors in the Northwest, with the focus on the downtown cores in Portland, Bellevue and Seattle.

2006 Top Housing Projects

Name of Project: The Metropolitan
Owner: Hoyt Street
Properties Contractor: Andersen Construction
Architect: BOORA
Cost: $64 million

Description: This 376,737-sq.ft. condominium project will be the tallest building in Portland’s Pearl District. The 19-story, 121-unit building will be concrete post tensioned slab over two levels of underground parking, housing 219 parking stalls. The Silver LEED certified building will also include a 4-story, 20,000-sq.ft. boutique live/work building that features 12 loft-style units.


2006 Top Housing Projects

Name of Project: The Cronin
Owner: Evergreen Signature
Contractor: Andersen Construction
Architect: Fletcher Farr Ayotte
Cost: $63.5 million

Description: The 456,780-sq.ft. project features 11,100sq.ft. of ground floor retail space, 3 levels of underground parking with 330 parking stalls, and 15 stories of town homes and condominium units for a total of 244 total units.

2006 Top Housing Projects

Name of Project: The Westerly
Owner: 24th Place, LLC
Architect: Ankrom Moisan
Contractor: Andersen Construction Cost: $43 million

Project Description: This 260,000 SF mixed-use condominium and retail project will be constructed on a hillside with unobstructed views of Downtown Portland and Mount Hood in the west hills of Portland. The project features 104 high-end residential units, including 3 live/work units and 6 townhouse units, constructed within a 14-story concrete post tensioned slab building over three levels of underground parking, housing 170 parking stalls.

2006 Top Housing Projects

Name of Project: The Meriwether
Owner: Dames and Moore, and Gerding Edlen
Architect: Hoffman
Construction Contractor: Hoffman Corp.
Architect: Ankronj Moisan

Project Description: Two point-tower condominium towers, one 21 stories and one 24 stories, and a free standing retail podium all situated on one block, 245 units including penthouses, town-homes and condo suites; designed to achieve a LEED silver rating.

2006 Top Housing Projects

Name of Project: The Mercer
Location: Mercer Island, Wash Project Cost: $30 million Project
Owner: Mercer Landmark LLC Architect: MVE & Partners of Irvine, California Consultant Team: KPFF, Structural and Civil Engineer Major
Subcontractors: SAK Construction, concrete, Rob’s Electric, United Systems, HVAC American Mechanical, custom sprinklers, Tri-State Plumbing, DGC, Inc., Drywall.

Project Description: In keeping with the community-approved Mercer Island Town Center Plan, at street level the building will be faced with fine stone and dressed with extensive landscaping. It will feature 20,000 square feet of street-level retail with ample opportunities for outdoor seating to increase the sense of pedestrian activity. The four-story cast-in-place concrete building will incorporate a variety of layering and building setbacks to create an interesting visual appearance. It will sit atop two levels of parking and be built around a central courtyard with amenities such as a swimming pool, spa and fitness facility accentuating the high quality of living.

2006 Top Housing Projects

Name of Project: The Lodge at Suncadia
Owner: Loew Enterprises
Contractor: Lease Crutcher Lewis
Project Cost: $60 million

Project Description: Lodge for visitors to Suncadia Resortm near CleElum, Wash

2006 Top Housing Projects

Name of Project: The Bravern
Owner: Schnitzer Northwest
Contractor: Skanska Building USA
Architect: Callison Cost: $400 million

Project Description: Two office buildings totaling 745,000-sq.ft. 130,000-sq.ft. of retail space and 17-foot high water feature.

2006 Top Housing Projects

Name of Project: Second and Pine
Owner: Starwood Development
Architect: Sienna Architecture co.
Contractor: Lease Crutcher Lewis

2006 Top Housing Projects

Name of Project: Olive 8
Location: Seattle, WA
Project Cost: $127.7 million
Project Owner: RC Hedreen Company
Architect: Mulvanny/G2 Architecture

Project Description: The unique exterior skin system on this 35 story condominium/hotel project will undoubtedly set it apart from its downtown Seattle neighbors. Olive 8's developers have retained prominent New York architect Richard Gluckman to design the tower's all-glass exterior, which features prominent blue "fins" and a unique "rolling egg" along its base. The 650,494 sf structure will feature 18 floors of condominium units atop 17 floors of guest rooms and associated hotel spaces. A small portion of retail is planned at the tower's base.

Most difficult or unusual thing about project: The shoring system in the alley is a unique Short soil nails spaced at 1.5’ O.C. each way, the soil nails are combined with soldier piles. This was required due to the adjacent building garage being a mere 16’ away from the Olive Eight property line. The transfer of the Tower to the Hotel Base is done through 12’ deep steel transfer trusses. The transfer trusses are poured into the shear wall and exterior columns. The transfer trusses are approximately 35,000 pounds each. The transfer trusses will pickup an intermediate column for the high rise portion of the building. The project is an undefined structural system that requires approval from an outside structural engineer. Any changes that happen with the structure will require approval from the outside revi

2006 Top Housing Projects

Name of Project: Bellevue Towers
Owner: Gerding Edlen
Real Estate Architect: GBD. Portland
Contractor: Hoffman Construction
Most Unusual aspect: Will be one of the first Gold Leed rated housing projects in the country.

Project Description: The site of the new Bellevue Towers is on the corner of 4th and 106th in downtown Bellevue. The two towers will provide 550 condominium homes above a lower podium development of residential units. The retail portion of the development fronts two core city streets, offering a lively environment of shops and restaurants. The residential podium level will overlook the city street scene and westward-facing terrace.

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