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New Residence Hall

Bellevue College

Bellevue, Washington

Bellevue College’s first student housing project has achieved LEED Platinum certification—an auspicious occasion to mark the start of transitioning from a commuter campus to a flourishing live/learn residential college. This 350-bed residential hall is the first phase in a larger vision for an 1100-bed student housing neighborhood.

The design process started with a comprehensive student housing master plan and vision for a residential college. Phase one centered on goals that promote student well-being, diversity, academic achievement, and sustainability. The hall is designed around smaller communities of 35 students with social and study spaces. The whole building focuses on a central communal space that offers dining and a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities.

Designing within a modest budget, the NAC team worked closely with Bellevue College’s office of sustainability to take a particularly creative approach to stormwater management. This resulted in the landscape being designed as a series of cascading rain gardens with native edible plants that celebrate gathering, exploring, and connecting with nature, and highlight sustainability as a campus lifestyle choice.