Several of our area’s affordable housing developers share the vision of HDC’s Exemplary Buildings Program and have committed to using one of their upcoming developments as a test of the model. Learn more about each one below.

What lessons have the EBP team members learned from the demonstration projects so far? Check out our presentation at the Housing Washington conference on Oct. 5, 2021.

Hobson Place South

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Owner/Developer: DESC

Building type: Mixed-use residential + commercial (permanent supportive housing with integrated physical and behavioral health clinic)

Residents: Adults with disabilities who have experienced homelessness

Units: 92 studio apartments

Construction start date: May 2020

Targeted completion date: Completed January 2022

Passive House:  Pre-certification achieved June 2021

Energy Data: O’Brien360’s 2021 energy study on Hobson Place S. (prepared for Seattle City Light) available here

Architect: Runberg Architecture Group

General Contractor: Walsh Construction Co.

Development Consultants: Lotus Development Partners

MEP Consulting Engineer: Rushing Company

Above: Hobson Place South, well underway in October 2020!
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Two Photos Above: Hobson Place South, February 2021.
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Above: Hobson Place South, April 2021. Photo credit: NW Skyview Imagery.
Above: The DESC Hobson Place South “Passive House Dream Team” in action: Exemplary Buildings Program Task Force members Joe Giampietro (PH consultant, JGA Consultants) and Dan Whitmore (PH specialist, RDH Building Science) tracking the installation of the venting and envelope improvements. The project team celebrated the ‘topping off’ of the roof on May 21st and looks forward to project completion in early 2022. Photo credit: DESC & Walsh Construction Co.

Othello Square (Building D)

Owner/Developer: HomeSight

Building type: Mixed-use commercial + family-affordable co-op units

Residents: 100 percent of units reserved for households with annual incomes at or below 80 percent of area median income at time of purchase

Units: 68 family co-op units

Construction Start Date: early 2023 (estimated)

Completion Date: 2024

Architect: SKL Architects

General Contractor: Marpac Construction LLC

Development Consultants: Barrientos Ryan

Landscape Architect: Weber Thompson

Energy Data: Ecotope’s 2020 energy study on Othello Square (prepared for Seattle City Light) available here

North Lot (Phase 1)

Owner/Developer: SCIDpda

Building type: Residential, mixed-use (+ 25,000 SF Elderly Care Facility, 10,000 SF Childcare Facility)

Residents: Affordable family (2 and 4 bedroom) + senior housing with integrated facilities for elderly care

Units: Approximately 160

In service: Spring 2024 (estimated)

Architect: Weber Thompson

Development Consultant: Edge Developers LLC

Energy Data: Rushing’s energy study on North Lot (prepared for Seattle City Light) available here.

Sawara (Yesler Terrace Project 7.3)

Owner/Developer: Seattle Housing Authority

Building Type: Residential

Units: 110 affordable homes

In Service: February 2024 (estimated)

Architect: Ankrom Moisan Architecture

Energy Data: Ecotope’s 2021 energy study on Sawara (prepared for Seattle City Light) available here


Owner/Developer: Imagine Housing

Building type: Residential

Residents: Seniors

Units: 76 studio apartments

In service: 2023

Architect: third place design co-operative