LEED Platinum Student Village Opens at Bastyr University

by , 12/21/10

Bastyr University Student Village, CollinsWoerman, Student housing, butterfly roof, green design, sustainable architecture

Each of the cottages feature a three-story tower of bedrooms connected to a two-story volume for the communal areas. A butterfly roof on the tower collects and directs rainwater into a large shared Olympic swimming size pool storage tank beneath a nearby parking lot. The flat roofs over the communal areas were built in order to support a green roof in the future.

Passive solar design, large overhangs, and natural ventilation with operable windows all help to minimize energy use. The measures are complimented by radiant floor heating, ultra high efficiency gas boilers and water heaters, high r-value insulation, and high efficiency lighting systems with daylight controls. Eco-friendly, low VOC, locally-sourced, FSC-certified lumber, and reclaimed materials were used within the building, while low maintenance and durable cement board is placed on the exterior and serves as a rain screen.

+ Bastyr University

+ CollinsWoerman

Images ©Lara Swimmer and Karen Steichen/

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  1. Modular_Thailand December 22, 2010 at 2:03 am

    “…they’re also incredibly passionate about integrating green building and eco-friendly housing into daily campus life.”

    Excellent eco-ideas, today everyone has concerned about problem environment. The youth is important generation to keep the world going green forever.


  2. Holcim Awards December 21, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    This is a very nice project. Another great example of how simplicity and elegance can be a powerful design tool and create great architecture. Furthermore the focus on sustainability and the strategies employed are really excellent. Great building!
    This is a perfect project to submit to The Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction:

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