Steps to new Central Glad used for seating
New pedestrian entry

Student Housing Phase 1
University of Washington, Seattle

Study area -46 acres
Sites - four city blocks
Predesign Study
2012 AIA Seattle Honor Awards for Washington Architecture, Honor Award

2010 AIA Seattle Honor Awards for Washington Architecture, Visionary Category, Citation

Top: The first phase addresses four city blocks

Top: University Community Urban Center

Bottom: Comprehensive stormwater planter system


This predesign study addresses a fundamental shift in the University of Washington's housing policy. Its goal is to "provide quality housing for its freshmen enrollment while creating a four-year live-on campus culture." The plan calls for 1,750 Phase 1 beds on four city blocks in the urban West Campus. Future phases will add approximately 850 beds on two more city blocks and will renovate all the existing residence halls.

In addition to the housing, the program includes a wide variety of support functions—an urban grocery store, cafe, wellness center, shared-use theater, classrooms, and meeting rooms—to enhance residential life and contribute to a vibrant neighborhood. Careful placement of these functions at the base of the renovated and new facilities will establish the West Campus as a student village, ultimately serving as a home for nearly 4,500 students.

Location: Seattle, Washington
Responsibilities: Planning
Prime consultant: Mahlum Architects
Co consultants: Coughlin Porter Lundeen, structural engineering; SVR Design Company, civil engineering; Gustafson Guthrie Nichol; landscape architecture; Rider Levett Bucknall, cost estimating; Hefron Transportation; transportation and traffic; T.A. Kinsman Consulting, code consulting.

Copyright - Robert Sabbatini


Center: The plan extends active uses into the West Campus
Bottom: Opportunity to redesign the NE Campus Parkway

Bottom: Active ground floor spaces

Aerial view of campus core in 1990
New pedestrian entry
Steps to new Central Glad used for seating
New pedestrian entry
View of improved vehicular entry