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

Designers: Mahlum Architects, Incorporated (firm); Walsh Construction Company (firm); Edward Kristian Mahlum (architect); David Swenson (architect); Robert Walsh (building contractor); Thomas Walsh (building contractor)

Dates: constructed 2011-2012

6 stories, total floor area: 238,855 sq. ft.

NE Campus Parkway and University Way NE
University District, Seattle, WA

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This residence hall was the largest of the four built contemporaneously on or nearby to Campus Parkway between 2011-2012: Cedar, Poplar, Elm and Alder Halls. Alder was designed to house 589 students. It would contain 298 rooms, each student space with its own bath. Like Cedar Hall completed a year before, Alder Hall intensively used its lot; its external form was cubic with no upper-floor set-backs or breaks, save for driveways. Internally, Alder did have a central light court, that admitted light and air into rooms. Construction began in 01/2011. The University of Washington held a grand opening reception at Alder Commons on 10/26/2012.

Alder Hall replaced several structures on a full city block bounded by NE Campus Parkway, NE 40th Street, University Way NE and Brooklyn Avenue NE. These included one-story, brick storefronts at 4001, 4005, and 4007 University Way NE, housing the University of Washington (UW) Ticket Office and the UW Drama Department Shop; the block also formerly included the Cavalier Apartments (1925-1926) and some vacant parcels used for parking. Alder Hall also contained the Alder Commons, which was comprised of a 212-seat auditorium and four "breakout" classrooms. Architects situated the classrooms around a central open space, a commons, which could serve various functions, including classes, symposia, lectures, and workshops. All portions of the Alder Commons were equipped with state-of-the-art electronics and telecommunications infrastructure. Already, by 2013, graffiti had been removed from the exterior's first floor Cor-ten steel panels.

PCAD id: 17794