The campus consists of .85 acres in the dense core of the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. The two buildings total over 30,500 SF and house apartments, offices and a restaurant. The grounds support urban agriculture and habitat in a manner that connects occupants and passers by alike to the natural world. Basic systems were selected to provide a balance between capital investment and life cycle costs.
In addition to the search for sensible strategies, the Greenfire Campus explores the prospect of a natural context within the urban environment. This context is provided through the aggressive expression of the full range of human interaction with nature. This range includes environments where natural conditions prevail, promoting habitat for flora and fauna and at the other extreme, where human activities dominate – streets, sidewalks and plazas designed as part of the urban experience and as generators of social sustainability.
Exploration of this paradigm includes the use of geothermal as a source of heating and cooling, the exchange of energy between uses whose needs vary during the day, passive cooling through natural ventilation, provisions for edible horticulture, the use and reintroduction of rain and storm water into the earth with attendant reduction in infrastructure and the use of solar energy for heating, cooling, daylighting and other impactful human activities.
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