Anthem on 12th at Yesler Terrace

Recent news stories have highlighted the serious lack of affordable housing for lower-middle class and service work wage earners within Seattle. Thanks to Spectrum Development Solution’s most recent project, Anthem on 12th, many individuals and families can now comfortably and affordably reside in the pedestrian-friendly hub of First Hill within Seattle’s Yesler Terrace Redevelopment.

This six-story 120-unit rental apartment building includes a mix of studio units, 1-bedroom units, and desperately-needed 2-bedroom units, with 30% of the units committed to households earning 65%-85% of area median income (AMI). The building includes ground-level retail spaces yet to be leased, a parking garage, a rooftop amenity space with awesome views, p-patches for residents, and activity areas, as well as a 5-year sponsorship of a Pronto! Cycle Share station along 12th Avenue and the Street Car Line on Yesler to the south of the building.

O’Brien & Company provided LEED for Homes testing and verification services, as well as guidance and technical assistance to the project team. A tight budget and switching of contractors late in design, along with an additional full value engineering process, really illuminated some restrictions to early deep green goals. O’Brien & Company communicated the value of weaving in performance outcomes throughout design and construction, and demonstrated how important certain decisions are for long-term cost- and resource-effectiveness. Throughout design and construction, O’Brien continued to “connect the dots” to improve the outcomes at this project. After O’Brien diagnosed and discussed leakage sources during the preliminary blower door test session with the contractor and trades, the construction team achieved a near perfect initial pass rate on the final blower door tests. Tighter construction results in improved health, durability, comfort, and energy efficiency.

We also worked closely with both the owner and property management firm to create user-friendly Resident Manuals for the residents. These manuals contain project-specific photos and information for optimal operation and maintenance of standard and green building features within the units. Eric Noll conducted a valuable Train-the-Trainer session with leasing office and property management staff to build capacity onsite and increase the knowledge transfer to all new and prospective residents. We also created Tenant Improvement Guidelines for the future restaurant and retail tenant to optimize the health, economic, and environmental outcomes of the build-out of the retail space.

O’Brien & Company is contracted to provide similar services on sister projects within Yesler Terrace – Decibel and Reverb. We are helping the same project team build on their admirable achievements with Anthem to bring even more value to the these next projects by sharing lessons learned and recommending strategies with direct benefits to the owner, residents, and bottom line of ongoing operations.

Project Team
wner/Developer: Spectrum Development Solutions
Architect: Mithun
Contractor: Walsh Construction
MEP Design, Energy Modeling and Commissioning: Rushing & Associates
Landscape Designer: Hewitt
Civil Engineer: KPFF
Acoustical Engineer: SSA Acoustics
Structural Engineer: Bykonen Carter Quinn
Envelope Consultant: JRS Engineering
Plumbing: Auburn Mechanical
Electrical: Ault Electrical
HVAC: GB Systems