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Five-Story ‘Living Building’ Coming To Stone Way

By Sean Keeley · August 17th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Many Seattlites know Swedish company Skanska as the contractor replacing the Sodo part of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Fremont and Wallingford residents are about to know them for a building much closer to their neighborhoods.

Skanska recently submitted a proposal to build a five-story, 120,000-square-foot office building at 3400 Stone Way N with ground-floor retail space and below-level parking.

Suzie Burke’s Fremont Dock would continue to own the land, said Lisa Picard, executive vice president of Skanska USA Commercial Development, which opened a Seattle office in January.”We’ve been really interested in the Fremont community, because of the types of tenants that are growing there, and it has a good lifestyle component,” Picard said.

The building currently at that location would be demolished and the new building would be expected to meet the standards of the Living Building Challenge. There are currently only three projects that have achieved ‘Living’ status by meeting all Imperatives of the Living Building Challenge, none of which are in Seattle.

Buildings in the challenge must meet 60 percent of the city’s criteria for a living building, which includes being 75% more energy efficient, reducing water usage by 75% and reducing storm water by 50%.

While there are no designs for the building yet, the city’s design review board is scheduled to look at the proposal Sept. 12.

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