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    Balfour Beatty's Cornish Commons Project Named “Building of the Year” by Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

    March 11, 2016


    Fast-track, 18-month urban project results in iconic symbol for Cornish and downtown Seattle
    SEATTLE – The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce has recognized Cornish College of the Arts’ new 20-story Cornish Commons high-rise residence hall as its 2015 “Building of the Year”. Completed by Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty company, in the summer of 2015, Cornish Commons is the school’s first ground-up project since 1921 and allows students to live, learn, create, and play within steps of other campus facilities in South Lake Union in Seattle.
     
    Delivered in the spirit of integrated project delivery (IPD), the Howard S. Wright team worked closely with the public-private partnership of Cornish College and Capstone Development Partners, and with design-build partner Ankrom Moisan Architects, to deliver a unique campus-housing solution that further enhances Cornish College and downtown Seattle. The LEED® Gold certified, 157,623-square-foot building rises 20 stories high and solves the long time need for permanent housing for Cornish students.
     
    “It is exciting to see a landmark project for Cornish College and our city made possible through collaborative delivery by the entire team,” said Dan Peyovich, president of Balfour Beatty Construction’s Northwest Division. “My hat’s off to Capstone and Cornish College for creating a partnership around design-build delivery to create a top-of-class facility for the students and faculty. Ankrom Moisan’s design will stand the test of time and we are proud to have been part of the journey.” 
     
    The state-of-the-art building features 20,618 square feet of offices, classrooms, studios and student “living rooms” on the bottom three floors. The 7,064-square-foot 20th floor is dedicated to resident amenities such as fitness, a community kitchen and lounge, laundry and sky deck embracing amazing views of downtown Seattle. With 16 floors of student residences, the building houses 408 beds in 224 student rooms and four staff apartments.   
     
    Cornish College of the Arts was founded in 1914 by Nellie Cornish, a woman determined to cultivate the arts in Seattle. Today, Cornish College offers both full-time and summer students major fields of study in art, dance, design, film/media, music, performance production and theater, in addition to providing meeting and performance space for dozens of local nonprofit arts organizations.
     
    Watch the video about the new Cornish Commons via the following link