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Traugott Terrace










(This house reported 34 resource efficient features.
Percentages above indicate the distribution of features and total 100%)


  • To provide clean and sober affordable housing for Seattle's homeless and low-income populations.
  • To provide housing that is both affordable and sustainable through participation in the LEED green building certification process.
Traugott Terrace New Construction at 3rd Avenue (Photo by: Greg Kongstad)


  • Location: Seattle, Washington
  • Climate Zone: Marine
  • Type of Project: New ConstructionRenovation
  • Home Completed: 2003
  • Setting: urban
  • Energy Source: - natural gas - grid electric
  • Layout: Multi-Family; 1 bedroom; No garage
  • Lot Size: 9583 sqft
  • Square Footage: 32206
  • Sales Market: Low-income
  • Cost/Square Foot: $ 106.00


Sandra Mallory, LEED Consultant
Environmental Works
- Designer - Collaborator

Phone: (206) 329-8300


Traugott Terrace, a fifty-unit low-income housing project in downtown Seattle, was accomplished through the vision and dedication of interested parties. The Beacon Development Group worked in conjunction with Seattle’s Archdiocesan Housing Authority to meet the long-term goal of the Matt Talbot Center to provide housing as an integral component of the recovery programs.

A synergy of interested parties and available funding led the group to incorporate a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) approach into the design process. A team goal-setting workshop allowed the entire team to establish goals and priorities in regards to sustainable strategies and created buy-in from all parties involved in the process. As the design evolved and costs were evaluated the team incorporated more sustainable strategies that would achieve a LEED certified rating. This innovative process, as well as the sustainable housing design, evolved as the team grew.

The result of these efforts is a 32,206 square foot facility that integrates well into the existing community. The combination of resource-efficient techniques and technologies with a social mission for improving the welfare of the Belltown Neighborhood was an ambitious venture. Traugott Terrace is an excellent example of how dedicated individuals can produce a welcoming and sustainable housing complex within a reasonable budget. The project team aims to receive LEED certification for this building by spring of 2004.


  • Achievement Award/First SeaGreen Project   Seattle Office of Housing   2003
  • Power Player Award for Outstanding Achievement   Seattle City Light   2003
  • Meritorious Achievement Award   National Assoc. of Local Housing Finance Agencies   2003


Traugott Terrace is a fifty-unit low-income housing project in downtown Seattle. The new housing was built above the Matt Talbot Center's existing facility and within its adjacent 30-foot wide parking lot. The Matt Talbot Center is a multi-service facility that offers Seattle’s homeless population a core of programs built around initiatives to stop substance abuse and prevent relapse. It had been a long-term goal of the Matt Talbot center to provide housing as an integral component of the recovery program. The Beacon Development Group worked in conjunction with Seattle’s Archdiocesan Housing Authority to develop the project, Traugott Terrace.

Traugott Terrace, is a 32,206 sq ft facility that includes homeless and permanent housing. Twelve single room occupancy homeless units on the second floor will serve participants in neighborhood recovery programs. A common kitchen, dining and lounge area, and a large common outdoor deck are provided for the residents along with two caseworker offices. Floors three through six contain thirty-eight studio and one-bedroom units of permanent ‘clean and sober’ housing for low-income residents. The ground floor contains the entry lobby and the resident manager’s office. A mezzanine houses a meeting room for use both by Traugott Terrace residents and by the Matt Talbot Center.

The project was designed to the standards of the Seattle City Light Built Smart program which provides incentive monies for envelope, system and lighting upgrades that reduce electric consumption. Midway through construction documents, the opportunity to push the project further towards sustainable design was instigated by the availability of funding from the City of Seattle’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Pilot Incentive Program, http://www.cityofseattle.net/light/conserve/sustainability/leed/ funded by Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities. While public projects (over 5,000 sq ft) in Seattle are now required to achieve a LEED Silver rating, the incentive program encourages private sector participation in LEED by providing funding for associated soft costs (application fees, energy modeling, design charette, etc). The City funding was supplemented with grant monies from the Environmental Works internal grant-funded sustainability initiative. The project team hopes to receive LEED certification for this building by spring of 2004.

Stained Concrete Creates An Inviting Lobby With Low Indoor Air Concerns (Photo by: Greg Kongstad)

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