The Commons at Ballard was recently honored with the Mixed-Use Development of the Year Award at NAIOP Washington State’s annual Night of the Stars awards gala.
Embracing an urban, pedestrian lifestyle, The Commons at Ballard engages the neighborhood by creating an integrated hub of office, residential, and retail spaces located near the heart of the neighborhood. The building connects the varying tenants and user groups through shared, vibrant common spaces. In particular, the penthouse lounge spans an entire floor and includes a galley kitchen, multiple roof decks, and expansive seating to serve everything from morning meetings for the office tenants to catered parties for residents.
Before the project even broke ground, it was awarded a LEED Platinum Core and Shell pre-certification, an evidence of the team’s commitment to delivering sustainable buildings. The Commons responds to its setting through unique material choices, including a wood-patterned aluminum siding that balanced aesthetics against durability and life cycle cost. To achieve LEED Platinum, the design team incorporated integrated sustainable strategies, some of which included: Solar PV panels, native vegetation to reduce stormwater runoff, and an adaptive roof that funnels into a cistern.
In the years since the Award’s inception, the NAIOP WA Chapter has established 14 categories, with a combined finalist pool of over 50 projects for the 2017 awards season. Each applicant team must go through a two-step process that addresses how their project has responded to the unique conditions of a rapidly growing and densifying Puget Sound market while employing creative solutions to integrate the community and incorporate sustainable measures.
In attendance at the gala were our project partners, Henbart LLC and W.G. Clark Construction Co.
A commercial real estate networking and education organization, NAIOP has connected leaders in the commercial development industry for 50 years. The organization encourages political advocacy while presenting research-driven education to benefit communities across North America.
View a full list of winners through NAIOP WA’s website.