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    Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty company, breaks ground on new Residence Hall and Learning Center at Cornish College

    April 10, 2014


    SEATTLE - Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty company, celebrated the start of construction on the new Residence Hall and Learning Center at Cornish College of the Arts, located in Seattle, Washington. A ground breaking ceremony was held on March 18, 2014, for the new 120,000-square-foot project located at 2025 Terry Avenue (the corner of Lenora Street and Terry Avenue).

    The occasion marked the first time in 93 years that a new building has been built on campus since the school’s first structure on Capitol Hill, now known as Kerry Hall. “The new Residence Hall and Learning Center will give our incoming students a beautiful new place to live and learn right in the very heart of our downtown campus,” remarked Dr. Nancy J. Uscher, president of Cornish College.

    Howard S. Wright is serving as general contractor on the 20-story building which includes 16 floors of resident rooms with accommodations for 432 students. The new hall will also feature a community kitchen and great room, fitness and media studios, laundry facilities, plus live-in apartments for the supervisory staff and office space for the Housing and Residential Life offices.

    The building will also contain more than 16,000 square feet of space on its first and second floors specifically designed for classes, workshops, and other on-site learning activities. In addition to housing students from Cornish College, the building will also house students who attend City University per a lease agreement between the two schools.

    Designed by project architect Ankrom Moisan Architects, Inc., Capstone Development Partners is serving as the project developer and manager. The new hall is slated to be complete in the fall of 2015 and will replace the two Cornish residence halls currently in use on 7th and 8th Avenues.

    “We are a proud partner with Cornish College on this history-making milestone for the institution as it nears its centennial year in education,” said Dan Peyovich, division president for Howard S. Wright.