White Center's Active Urban Village

Greenbridge Master Plan, White Center, Washington
Client:

King County Housing Authority

Size:

100 acres
1,704,000 gross sf
1,650,000 sf residential
1,100 units
54,000 sf commercial
King County’s 10,000th BuiltGreen™ Home

Services:

Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Planning & Urban Design

Leadership Team:

Jeff Foster, Marieke Lacasse, Mark Sindell, Sean Canady

Markets:

Planning & Urban Design, Parks & Civic, Affordable Housing

"From the outset Greenbridge sought the input of its community with early design meetings conducted in six different languages to reflect its diverse residents. This inclusive process has resulted in a vibrant, art-filled neighborhood that connects its residents through play, gardening, walkable and bikable streets. This project will change lives."

Joanna Frank, Exec. Director at Center for Active Design

Greenbridge is a new community in King County , Washington, created from the revitalization of Park Lake Homes, a 100-acre public housing development. The King County Housing Authority received a HOPE VI grant award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in November of 2001 to initiate planning for this mixed-income residential community.

The primary goal was to replace existing World War II era housing with an equitable distribution and mix of housing types to create a neighborhood community with youth and social services at its heart and connections to open space, off site amenities, and neighborhood shopping. The design process required simultaneous translation into six languages, to address the needs of the different global cultures and the generational groups within those cultures. A variety of housing choices and building types, including for-sale detached housing, clusters of single story cottages, attached townhomes, and stacked townhomes over flats, will replace the 569 single-story residential units.

Greenbridge incorporates sustainable design practices throughout the project, both in site and building design. King County formally committed to these practices through a Demonstration Ordinance that allows a number of variances to the Land Use and Building Codes. Pedestrian paths and trails establish a variety of routes for residents to walk 10 minutes to the center of the new community and link to the neighboring urban village of White Center . A hierarchy of open spaces are spread across the site, including community, neighborhood, and pocket parks, with trails and linear parks connecting them. An emphasis on “discovering” art around the site becomes an integral part of the pedestrian experience.

Awards

2006 Governor’s Smart Communities Award
2008 WASLA – Special Mention Design Award for Social Response
2009 NAHRO Excellence Award – Nia Apartments
2009 NAHRO National Award – Project Design Excellence
2011 Residential Energy Efficiency Awards – Honorable Mention – Sixth Place Apartments
2013 International Making Cities Livable – 10 minute Neighborhood Award
2014 Center for Active Design -Excellence Award – Greenbridge Master Plan