Gallery: LEED Platinum Student Village Opens at Bastyr University

 
Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington isn't just about educating their students in natural healing, they're also incredibly passionate about integrating green building and eco-friendly housing into daily campus life. The Pacific Northwest university recently completed a 132-student village that was certified 'LEED Platinum for Homes' and was awarded the 2010 LEED for Homes Project of the Year in the 'Outstanding Multifamily' category by the USGBC. Rainwater collecting butterfly roofs, energy efficient design, bioswales, medicinal gardens, and a unique layout perfect for student interaction certainly make this project designed by CollinsWoerman one to study and learn from.

Seattle-based CollinsWoerman has designed structures for Bastyr’s Center for Natural Health (LEED certified) in the past, before undertaking the new student village project. With a unique layout and design, the eleven buildings are not a traditional student housing project, and the design gives the collective quarters a feel that’s more in tune with a co-op, rather than student dorms. Each cottage has 12 private rooms and bathrooms, along with large common areas including living, kitchen and dining spaces. A quiet study room, bike storage and laundry facilities provide even more amenities.

The cottages are arranged around a courtyard and are situated next to shared gardens that can be used to grow herbs (medicinal or for cooking). Bioswales skirt the project to help collect and process stormwater, and a conscious effort was made to maintain as many of the existing trees as possible. Disturbance of the surrounding area during construction was minimized in order to maintain the pristine campus in Kenmore, WA, just outside of Seattle.

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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.

    -Lifesbox-

  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:
    http://on.fb.me/holcim-awards

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