Bastyr Student Village

Bastyr is the largest university for natural health arts and sciences in the U.S. and recently completed a 132-unit LEED Platinum New Student Village within its Kenmore, Washington campus.

The project features an extensive bioswale and sediment pond system. A landscape redesign transformed the site into a permaculture teaching site with edible and medicinal plants. The buildings have highly efficient gas boilers, Energy Star hardwired fluorescent lighting and Energy Star appliances. Durable and healthy materials were a priority, too.

O’Brien & Company completed a LEED for Homes Project Analysis and Preliminary Rating to help the project team identify potential challenges and opportunities. We facilitated a pre-construction meeting and provided ongoing technical assistance and onsite verification including air sealing inspections, insulation inspections, preliminary blower door testing, final blower door testing, and exhaust fan testing. We worked closely with Schuchart Construction and helped build capacity among key subcontractors throughout the project.

This project was honored by the US Green Building Council as the 2010 LEED for Homes Project of the Year in the category of “Outstanding Multifamily” and was a Merit Award winner in the 2011 EcoHome Design Awards.