Arnett Hall, Seattle Pacific University’s (SPU) newest residence hall, opened for new and returning students in the autumn of 2014. The 74,794-square-foot, 76-unit building was certified Gold under the LEED for Homes Mid-Rise rating system. The students will benefit from this achievement through better comfort, indoor air quality, and creating a space to learn about their everyday impact on the planet. The hall is also the stepping stone for a new wave of sustainable student living that will be implemented across campus.
O’Brien & Company assisted the owner, design team, and the construction team through the LEED for Homes process and provided guidance on better performance for resource efficiency, unit compartmentalization, and durability of the building. Identifying air leakage pathways during various stages of the design and construction phases, through on-site inspection and diagnostics, helped the project team achieve a higher level of air tightness that will assist the effectiveness of the ventilation and overall energy performance of the building. Many aspects of the direction that O’Brien & Company provided for this project has been incorporated into SPU’s operations and upgrades, throughout campus, thus building capacity for a more sustainable campus.
Owner: Seattle Pacific University
Contractor: Absher Construction
MEP: Sound Mechanical Consulting
Energy Modeler: 360 Analytics
Commissioning Agent: Wood Harbinger
Landscape Designer: Fazio & Associates