Unico Sustainability’s Brett Phillips, left, celebrates with Mark Craig, President of Henbart, at a groundbreaking event for The Commons at Ballard.

Unico Sustainability celebrated award of a precertified LEED Platinum development project Monday, as Henbart LLC announced the groundbreaking for The Commons at Ballard, a mixed-use project in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood.

“Unico is thrilled to use our experience with high performance buildings to help Henbart design and build one of the most sustainable mixed-use projects in Seattle,” said Brett Phillips, Unico Properties Director of Sustainability.  “The Commons at Ballard will be a showcase of urban sustainability, integrating smart design with innovative technology to deliver long-term benefits for residents, tenants, and the environment.”

Mark Craig, president of Henbart, (and who can be seen below smiling with Phillips), remarked that he’s glad to be working with Unico again. “It takes an A+ team to build an A+ project,” Craig said during a March 17 celebration at the building site.

The Commons at Ballard is the first Seattle multifamily project to earn LEED Platinum precertification. Adjacent to the LEED Platinum Seattle Public Library – Ballard Branch and uber-sustainable Greenfire Campus, the new development will provide ground floor retail, two floors of work loft office space, and 84 market-rate apartments and townhomes. Notable sustainability features include:

  • Target EUI of 31 kBtu/square foot – a 35 percent reduction in energy use using LED lighting, high efficient windows and HVAC, solar energy, regenerative elevators, and smart controls for temperature and lighting in all residential units.
  • All appliances will be ENERGY STAR labeled.
  • 20,000 gallon rainwater collection and reuse system that will supply 100 percent of the building’s irrigation needs.
  • 27-percent of the infill site will be restored with vegetation – all of which will be native and adaptive species.
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures will reduce potable water use by 42 percent, saving 1.9 million gallons of water per year.
  • An extensive recycling and compost system will be installed in the building for tenant use.
  • More than 75-percent of the construction waste will be diverted from the landfill.
  • All paints, sealants, and flooring products will comply with the most stringent requirements that minimize off-gassing of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
  • Bike lockers for both residents and office tenants on each floor.
  • Electric vehicle charging stations for residents, office, and retail tenants and visitors

Click here to read more about the project in the Puget Sound Business Journal.

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