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BDR Capital LLC—Encore at Columbia Station

Vital Stats



Location: Seattle
Star Level: 4-Star
Checklist: 2017 Multifamily Checklist
Verifier: Evergreen Certified
Site and Water 206
Energy Efficiency 74
Health and Indoor Air Quality 124
Material Efficiency 81
  Total Score 502

At the corner of S Alaska St. and Martin Luther King Jr. Way S in Columbia City is BDR Capital LLC’s newest building, Encore. It is a certified Built Green 4-Star, 96 unit, transit-oriented, mixed-use, apartment development.

Encore at Columbia Station exterior

Encore’s sister building, the Sonata, is located across the street previously profiled in a 2019 Built Green case study. The two buildings provide 187 units that straddle the Columbia City LINK Light Rail Station. Residents will enjoy a short 15 minute commute to downtown Seattle and South Lake Union job centers and 20 minutes from Sea-Tac airport via light rail. With the opening of the Eastlink expansion in 2024, residents will also be connected to Eastside tech job centers as well. A bus stop next to the building connects residents to Columbia City’s vibrant cultural center.

Some of the Built Green credits that aided them in achieving their high score were using low-emitting products, no added urea formaldehyde (NAUF) millwork and cabinets and CRI Green Label Plus carpets throughout the building. Part of their energy savings comes from the centralized high efficiency gas water heater, the extra roof insulation above the sheathing, and the small rooftop PV array and green roof. Outside of the building, all landscaping is drought-tolerant, 27% of the site’s stormwater is infiltrated onsite, and 12 of the 14 existing trees were preserved to maintain tree canopy and reduce heat island impacts.

Other than the building’s green features, Encore offers a mix of studios, 1-bedrooms, and 2-bedrooms along with an abundance of amenities for the tenants. Amenities include a Rooftop deck with Mount Rainier views, BBQs for grilling and a pet relief station. Within the building, you’ll find a heated bike storage room and tuning station, onsite storage, and community lounge with kitchen, outdoor fireplace, lounge, and dining area.

Encore at Columbia Station exterior roof
Encore at Columbia Station facade
Encore at Columbia Station roof nook

Highlights of Built Green features:

Site and Water

  • Infill built on a brownfield
  • 12 of the sites 14 trees were preserved
  • Mitigates 27% of stormwater onsite
  • Building and landscaping provides shade to at least 30% of the hardscaping
  • Drip irrigation with rain sensor
  • Low flow toilets, showerheads, and kitchen fixtures
  • Rooftop community space accessible to all tenants
  • Transit-oriented, mixed-use development with reduced onsite underground parking
  • Dedicated carpool parking stalls and 7 EV charging stations

Energy Efficiency

  • 21% more energy efficient than 2015 WSEC
  • All units with a ceiling fan
  • Units sub-metered for water, electricity, and natural gas
  • No fireplaces inside the buildings
  • Direct-vent, 92% efficiency, natural gas central water heating
  • High efficacy lighting with motion sensor dimmers
  • Energy Star appliances in all units

Health and Indoor Air Quality

  • Non-smoking building
  • No natural-gas appliances and carpet in units
  • VaproShield WRB with rainscreen beneath the siding
  • Operable windows in all units
  • Foundation drainage mat
  • Quiet Energy Star exhaust fans
  • Vestibule entrance to reduce tracked-in pollutants

Materials Efficiency

  • Longer lasting materials used on and in the building
  • Finished concrete floors on main level
  • Recycling and trash stations on every level
  • Abundant use of locally produced materials
  • Factory framed wall panels
  • 40% recycled content carpet tiles in the hallways
  • 40+% recycled content insulation used throughout
  • Provides building-wide food waste disposal
Encore at Columbia Station bedroom
Encore at Columbia Station patio
Encore at Columbia Station bathroom

Photo credit: Heiser Media

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