Bastyr University Student Housing Village
Bastyr University, well-known for its innovative accredited degree programs in the natural health arts and sciences, sought a “green” solution for its new student housing complex to embody their dedication to health and well-being.
The LEED for Homes Platinum-certified Student Housing Village consists of eleven three-story cottages, each approximately 4,600 SF. The cottages feature a private bedroom and bath for each of twelve residents and have communal living areas with combined living room/kitchen, separate dining area that can also be used for quiet study, and laundry facilities on two of three floors.
The arrangement of the cottages around outdoor courtyards connected by walkways lined with drought-tolerant and native landscaping, and kitchen garden areas for growing herbs and other edible plants, encourages broader interaction among the 132 students housed on-site. The village minimizes impact to the environment by aesthetically fitting into the 51-acre campus’ natural setting. Special care was taken to leave nearby wooded areas and wetlands undisturbed throughout construction.
The buildings incorporate a host of elements designed to save energy. Corridors, multiple stairwells, and elevators were eliminated by the use of free-standing structures. Green features include radiant floor heating, ultra high-efficiency gas boilers and water heaters, natural ventilation, and high- efficiency lighting systems with daylight controls. Low-flow plumbing fixtures and Energy Star-rated appliances and light fixtures are used throughout. “Butterfly roofs” at the top of the bedroom tower drain rainwater to a reservoir beneath a nearby lot; green roofs are being installed on the low roof portions of four cottages.