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University of Washington — Mercer Court Apartments

University of Washington — Mercer Court Apartments

Mercer Court Apartments is a 288 unit student housing project, providing living accommodations for over 1,300 graduate and undergraduate students. The buildings contain a mix of apartment units ranging from studios to 6-bedroom units with a shared living room and kitchen. The project form is that of a hand with four “fingers” splayed towards Portage Bay and a fifth “Finger” aligned perpendicularly against the Burke Gilman trail. The new buildings replaced the 40 year old Mercer Hall, which no longer met the needs of the University.

The project consists of five 5-story, type V, wood framed buildings, over a three story, partially below -grade Type I concrete base. The concrete base is composed of post-tesioned slabs supported by concrete columns and walls, built into a sloped site, providing for parking and day-lit units. The wood buildings are constructed from ngineered I-joists supported on wood bearing walls. Several advanced framing techniques were incorporated into the construction. The upper levels of each building have cmmon rooms and decks overlooking Portage Bay and Downtown Seattle. Mercer Court also has many community spaes, including public plazas, a student run ¾-acre urban farm, meeting spaces, music practice rooms and a coffee shop (The Husky Grind).

The buildings were completed in August 2013.

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