Bellevue College's New Residence Hall Achieves LEED Platinum
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Bellevue College
Bellevue, Washington
Bellevue College's New Residence Hall Achieves LEED Platinum
Bellevue College students in study area with large windows at new Residence Hall, link to project information
Bellevue College’s first student housing project has achieved LEED Platinum certification—an auspicious occasion to mark the start of transitioning from a commuter campus to a flourishing live/learn residential college. This 350-bed residential hall is the first phase in a larger vision for an 1100-bed student housing neighborhood.
The design process started with a comprehensive student housing master plan and vision for a residential college. Phase one centered on goals that promote student well-being, diversity, academic achievement, and sustainability. The hall is designed around smaller communities of 35 students with social and study spaces. The whole building focuses on a central communal space that offers dining and a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities.
Designing within a modest budget, the NAC team worked closely with Bellevue College’s office of sustainability to take a particularly creative approach to stormwater management. This resulted in the landscape being designed as a series of cascading rain gardens with native edible plants that celebrate gathering, exploring, and connecting with nature, and highlight sustainability as a campus lifestyle choice.