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

Designers: Ankrom Moisan Architects, Incorporated (firm); Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (firm); Walsh Construction Company (firm)

Dates: constructed 2011-2013

3925 Adams Lane NE
University of Washington Campus, Seattle, WA 98105

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This five-building dormitory complex replaced Mercer Hall, a dormitory designed by architect Royal McClure (1917-2006), erected in 1970. Construction began around 08/08/2011 and was scheduled to end by 08/06/2013, just before the start of UW's Fall Quarter 2013. The UW Capital Projects Office had the following description of Mercer Court: "11/15/10 Revised scope: The demolition of Mercer Hall and the construction of 930 beds in student focused apartments. The project will consist of five buildings constructed with five floors of wood frame construction, located on two floors of concrete construction. Below the facilities will be a garage consisting of 150-200 parking spaces. The project will be complete and ready for occupancy in August 2013. Original scope: Construct new five to seven story tall student apartment buildings on site 29W/42W (Mercer Hall site and parking lot to the west of Mercer Hall). The Mercer Hall site includes a proposed 300-car underground parking garage. The current concept includes the possible demolition of Mercer Hall to provide for new student apartment buildings to be evaluated during pre-design. A feasibility analysis of Site 30W (parking lot west of Condon Hall) to include massing and density studies will also be performed during pre-design. For planning purposes project cost is currently estimated at $92.5 million." Later, this budget figure had risen to $116,800,000. The Project Manager for the UW was Paul Brown, the Construction Manager, Jeff Huebler. W.G. Clark was the Building Contractor for Mercer Court; Clark received a good deal of work from the UW between 2010-2013, when it got commissions for Mercer Court, Cedar Hall, and Poplar Hall.

This large housing complex replaced Mercer Hall, demolished in 2011. It was to consist of five dormitories oriented around a productive urban garden. The Seattle office of Portland-based Ankrom Moisan Architects and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios of London, UK, produced the design for Mercer Court. Walsh Construction served as the Building Contractor. A spokesman for Walsh described the project " having a spine along the Burke-Gilman Trail and four fingers extending down the hill toward the water." (See Benjamin Minnick, "UW will finish two new student housing projects this summer," article appeared 06/24/2011,Accessed 04/02/2013.) The largest building would contain 930 beds.

PCAD id: 17864