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

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

Dates: constructed 2010-2012

6 stories

NE Campus Parkway and Brooklyn Avenue NE
University District, Seattle, WA

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Elm Hall, an L-shaped building formed around a mature tree, was one of four dormitories built between 2010-2012. Elm and Alder Halls were finished at about the same time, about a year after Cedar and Poplar Halls completed in 07/2011 and 08/2011 respectively. Elm had 433 rooms on 6 floors, most rooms being double-occupancy with a shared shower. In size, Alder Hall was the largest at 589 rooms, Elm next, Cedar with 344 and Poplar with 270. In total, this provided 1,636 new student rooms, creating a new source of revenue for the University of Washington, hard-hit by state cut-backs in funding following the serious recession of 2008. W.G. Clark served as the General Contractor for Elm Hall. In two phases, the UW hoped to add 3,000 beds to its dormitory capacity between 2010-2015; UW administrators located all of these new projects on the west side of campus, creating a whole student neighborhood in a very short time. These dorms provided a new revenue source for the cash-strapped university, appealing particularly to affluent new students from abroad.

Work on Elm Hall began in 01/2011 and was finished in 07/2012. The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Washington gave the W.G. Clark Construction Company a 2013 Build Washington Award in the Public Building $25-$50 Million Category for its construction of Elm Hall.

PCAD id: 17795