The Willet, built by STS Construction Services, is a studio-style, 20-unit building on the western edge of the University District where Portage Bay, Wallingford, and the U-District intersect—and where academia at UW meets recreation along Lake Union and Lake Washington.
The project is located near many public transportation routes, sits three blocks north of the Burke-Gilman trail and, with a Walk Score of 92, daily errands do not require a car. The building offers bike storage and a repair station to further incentivize tenants to ride their bikes, thus reducing dependency on cars and the project’s overall carbon footprint.
|Location: University District, Seattle
Star Level: 4-Star
Verifier: Evergreen Certified
|Site and Water
|Health and Indoor Air Quality
A large factor contributing to the project’s overall sustainability is its efficient use of space. Despite their small size (323 square feet on average), each studio includes a built-in Murphy bed, shelving, and desk. These fundamentals allow the tenant to create extra living space when they’re awake while still maintaining density in a fast-growing neighborhood.
To meet Built Green 4-Star standards and reduce the building’s overall energy consumption, the project focused on energy efficiency via domestic hot water, appliances, and lighting. Two high-efficiency gas tankless water heaters with recirculation pumps service the building, and water is sparingly used via low-flow plumbing fixtures. Each unit’s kitchenette comes with ENERGY STAR appliances as well as in-unit laundry and quiet, energy efficient ventilation fans. LED lighting is used throughout the entire building to further reduce the amount of energy needed for each unit and optimize building security. In addition, an array of solar panels was installed to help offset some of the energy consumed from plug loads, unit heating, appliances, and more.
Built Green Highlights
Site and Water
- No turf grass and drought-tolerant landscaping.
- Low-flow plumbing fixtures.
- Partial green roof with amenity space.
- Energy consumption reduced by more than 28 percent compared to code.
- ENERGY STAR appliances and LED lighting.
- 1.7 kW of solar panels.