Meyer Memorial Trust Headquarters – ULI Americas Awards for Excellence Winner
Learn more about 2022 ULI Americas Awards for Excellence Finalist, Meyer Memorial Trust Headquarters (Portland, OR).
The goals of Solis were to revitalize an underutilized urban site, provide much-needed urban housing, prioritize resident health and well-being, and last but not least, leave a light footprint on the planet.
Upon opening in the spring of 2020, Solis was the largest multifamily Passive House project in Washington State and one of the greenest and healthiest market-rate apartment buildings on the market. It achieves a low carbon footprint thanks to its primarily wood structure and dramatic reductions in operational energy use – less than 50% from the US multi-family median! The building boasts exceptional indoor air quality with continuously filtered fresh air for each unit. Using simple design strategies and conventional materials in innovative ways these feats were accomplished for a mere 5% construction cost premium. In this way, Solis is a premier example of the possibilities of healthy, sustainable, urban housing.
A driving factor in design was connecting the architecture to the culture and identity of the neighborhood, the Pike/Pine corridor of Seattle’s Capitol Hill, a dense urban neighborhood known for its arts culture, restaurants, nightlife, and LGBTQ+ community. The 44,762 GSF building consists of one level of ground floor commercial spaces, five levels containing 45 apartments above and one level of resident parking below.
While it was a risky proposition to pursue the first passive house project of this size in the region, Solis achieves what no one thought possible and sets a new standard for what all new multifamily development can and should be.