This project is the first assisted living community built to meet Living Building Challenge 3.1 Petal Certification. Inspired by the natural beauty of the lake setting, and the local history of the 1936 Berlin Olympic gold medal winning UW rowing team, Aegis Living Lake Union beautifully represents the region’s remarkable past, while providing residents with a healthy and sustainable quality of life for the future.
Throughout the building’s design there is a nod to the beautiful patterns created by the rhythm of the oars through water, which can be seen in the herringbone detailing around windows and the entry canopy. The wood ceilings are derived from a Pacific Northwest company and procured sustainably. Aegis Living Lake Union is a celebration of the beauty found in sustainability, with a focus on creating a community that aims to advance the health and wellbeing of each resident. The high-utility common areas grouped together on the ground floor have been designed to encourage accidental social interactions. These ground floor amenities include opportunities for dining, a hair salon, fitness center, and cinema, all open to the public. The dining room and courtyard found on the second floor fulfill the need for socialization and interaction for residents needing Memory Care.
The Living Building Challenge pushed boundaries and extended our working relationship with Aegis Living to meet a myriad of complex goals. Undertaken during COVID, and located on a hillside overlooking the water, this revolutionary project was challenging; the excellent design was hard earned and will be a feature of the neighborhood for a long time.
The sustainable design allows for this community to be emission-free and energy efficient by harnessing solar power. The building has reduced its overall energy draw by 25% through features such as an enhanced thermal envelope, triple pane windows, thermal insulation at exterior walls, and heat recovery through forced-air ventilation. Other energy reducing features include a recirculating heat pump system, LED lighting and sensors to monitor use, and the sourcing of sustainable materials. Additionally, rainwater is captured, and greywater is treated and recirculated for non-drinking water, saving more than 140,000 gallons of water per year. By elevating indoor air quality, mindfully utilizing Red List Free building materials, and prioritizing environmental stewardship, our aspiration is to create spaces that enhance wellbeing.
By highlighting the beauty of Lake Union, elevating the rich history inspired by the UW Olympic Rowing team, and celebrating a fully sustainable building, we aimed to integrate this building with the city of Seattle and provide a healthy home that would encourage seniors to live their best lives.