Structure Type: built works - dwellings - housing - student housing

Designers: Clark, W.G., Construction Company (firm); Mahlum Architects, Incorporated (firm); Edward Kristian Mahlum (architect); David Swenson (architect)

Dates: constructed 2010-2011

6 stories

University District, Seattle, WA

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The six-story 344-room Cedar Hall intensively used its former parking lot site, and consisted of two parts, each C-shaped, their open ends facing each other to form a light court. (The west wing of the building had a longer north-south dimension than the east.) Rooms ranged from studios to two- and four-bedroom apartments; the UW made individual monthly rental agreements with tenants of suites. In 2012, the four-bedroom, two-bath apartment individual cost was $1,011, the two-bedroom, $1,032 and the studio, $1,067.

Cedar Hall was the first building completed in a $160 million first phase of West Campus dormitory construction going on in 2010-2012. Cedar was the first finished (07/2011), followed a month later by Poplar Hall (270 beds), Elm Hall (430 beds, finished 07/2012) and Alder Hall (600 beds, completed 07/2012). Mahlum Architects designed this ensemble, giving each building similar cubic forms, white fenestrations and grey brick sheathing. All but Elm Hall, shaped around a mature elm on the site, had zero-lot-line placements. All buildings rested on post-tensioned concrete slabs with four floors of wood-framed dorm rooms stacked above. First floors were trimmed in glass and cor-ten steel providing added interest at the pedestrian level. W.G. Clark Construction built Cedar and Elm Halls, while Walsh Construction had the contracts for Poplar and Alder Halls.

PCAD id: 17793