Photo by Michael Walmsley

Stadium Place, Seattle

Located between a historic district, a stadium and commercial development, Phase 1 of the 1.1-million-sq-ft Stadium Place west and south tower development aims to stitch together three neighborhoods through its two residential towers. The towers are positioned above a retail and parking podium and add more than 400 units of housing. Under a purchase and sales agreement, the project also provides 50 affordable housing units on site and helps to fund 85 additional units of affordable housing in a separate, offsite development.

One judge commended the project for the way it meets the city's housing needs.

The project includes The Nolo, an 11-story, 163-unit loft style apartment complex with high ceilings, elegant finishes and open floor plans, and The Wave, a modern, upscale, 26-story, 333-unit residential tower. Both were developed and delivered in three phases.

The phasing created logistical challenges in terms of design, the tenant experience during ongoing construction and the aggressive schedule. The design team and owners made sure that the project delivery strategy informed project design—from early design of foundation and podium for future towers to configuration of building systems and project components for interim occupancy conditions.

The project team worked closely with the client and subconsultants for an extensive public outreach effort and one-on-one meetings with local stakeholders, city agencies and political officials. Such meetings helped convey key technical design objectives and illustrate the impact of various massing schemes on local neighborhoods, views and the overall character of the popular downtown stadium business area.

The designer also credits the collaboration efforts for aiding in Seattle's approval of raising the maximum height limits of the historic district from 85 ft for commercial and 120 ft for residential to 240 ft for both.

Key Players

Owner/Developer Daniels Real Estate

General Contractor JTM

Lead Design Firm ZGF Architects LLP

Structural/Civil Engineer Coughlin Porter Lundeen

MEP Engineer Holiday-Parks Inc.

Electrical Engineer Nelson Electric

Plumbing Auburn Mechanical