Represents a major step towards becoming the pinnacle of sustainable neighborhoods, focused on public transport and mixed-use
Bellevue, WA –News Direct – Wright Runstad
Wright Runstad & Company (“Wright Runstad”) and Shorenstein Properties, LLC (“Shorenstein”) today announced that the Spring District has achieved LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) certification for mixed-use development . The LEED-ND designation goes beyond the scale of buildings to consider entire communities and is a set of performance standards designed to inspire and help create more sustainable and well-connected neighborhoods.
“We have maintained a focus on sustainability and environmental stewardship throughout the development of the Spring District,” said Greg Johnson, CEO of Wright Runstad. “Our goal from the start was to create a vibrant and connected community where sustainability is a central pillar and where residents can work, live and play in the heart of the East Side, while enjoying pedestrianized streets, open spaces and independent stores. Obtaining LEED certification is an important step in achieving this vision.
Located just east of downtown Bellevue, WA, the Spring District was designed on a pedestrian scale and the following features were critical to achieving LEED-ND certification:
Access to public transport: The Spring District is centered around the new Eastlink Spring District of Sound Transit / 120e station, which will provide high-quality, rapid transit links to downtown Seattle, Bellevue, and Redmond in 2023. Additionally, a rapid transit stop is a quarter-mile walk from the site. Connectivity to the region was a key sustainability principle considered during the original design process.
Walking and cycling: The interior tree-lined roads have been limited to two lanes to improve and promote the experience for pedestrians and cyclists. A multi-use path and bike path provide a protected cycling connection to Eastrail, a 42-mile long trail connecting Renton, Bellevue, Redmond and Woodinville. Additionally, a regional bicycle facility with bicycle storage, showers and changing rooms has been built adjacent to the light rail station to provide a hub for cyclists heading to the Spring District and those continuing further via the light rail. .
Water control and native habitat: Previous industrial use of the land had little or no native vegetation or open public space. To date, more than four acres of open space – complete with native plants and trees – have been built, planted and opened for public enjoyment. In addition, all runoff from runoff is treated with bioretention cells before leaving the site in order to preserve and enhance the wetlands and adjacent watercourses.
Car park: In order to minimize the environmental impact associated with parking structures – including traffic congestion, carbon emissions, and material consumption – the Spring District received support from occupants and the city to construct a parking lot at a lower ratio than that required by the city in its standard coding language. This strategy will encourage the use of alternative and more sustainable modes of transport to and from the neighborhood.
In addition to this LEED-ND certification, all future Spring District projects will be designed with an objective of sustainability. To date, the Spring District has delivered over 800,000 square feet of LEED certified buildings, with an additional 650,000 square feet of targeted LEED Silver projects currently under construction and an additional 530,000 square feet currently under design and review. allowed.
“From initial design to completion, the Spring District is an incredible example of how sustainable mixed-use communities can attract residents, buyers and businesses,” Johnson continued. “A vibrant and thriving community with over 800 residential units, millions of square feet of office space and tens of thousands of square feet of retail space is now thriving where there was only one industrial site. . “
With room to grow, the Spring District will continue to grow as a preeminent sustainable community in the Puget Sound area. You can find more information about the Spring District at www.thespringdistrict.com.
About Wright Runstad & Company:
Seattle-based Wright Runstad & Company develops, acquires, manages and leases high-quality commercial office and mixed-use buildings located primarily in the Pacific Northwest. The company is in its fifth decade as one of the region’s premier real estate development and operations companies, delivering exceptional real estate performance and superior returns on investment. Wright Runstad & Company maintains an exceptional reputation among tenants and institutional investors for its demonstrated commitment to integrity and high levels of quality and service. For more information, visit www.wrightrunstad.com.
About the properties of Shorenstein:
Founded in 1960, Shorenstein Properties LLC is a privately held real estate company that owns and operates high quality office, residential and mixed-use buildings in the United States, with offices in San Francisco and New York. Since 1992, Shorenstein has sponsored twelve closed-end funds with total equity commitments of $ 8.8 billion, of which Shorenstein has committed $ 723.5 million. The company uses its integrated investment and operating capabilities to take advantage of the opportunities which, at a particular point in the investment cycle, offer the most attractive returns. Investments have included basic developments, repositioning of assets and stabilized assets; the investment structures have included asset acquisitions, mezzanine loans, preferred stock investments and structured joint ventures. More information is available at www.shorenstein.com.
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