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Seattle Children’s Research Institute – Seattle, WA

Commercial, Biomedical Research Facility

The Research Institute conducts biomedical research that benefits the Seattle Children’s Hospital and children’s health care globally. Located in Downtown Seattle, the Jack R. MacDonald Building renovation encompassed 236,000 square feet, including six floors outfitted for bench laboratory research. The building, which provides core laboratories and a state-of-the-art barrier vivarium, accommodates 750 staff that makes up interdisciplinary teams conducting bench research and clinical trials.

Year completed: 2007

Client: Seattle Children’s Hospital

Architect: NBBJ

Contractor: BN Builders

Lotus Team role: Finance strategy development for New Markets Tax Credits (Michelle Morlan at National Development Council)

Rainier House – Seattle, WA

Supportive multifamily rental housing

Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) provides effective and affordable solutions to homelessness for Seattle’s community’s most vulnerable men and women through a network of care, housing, and support. Rainier House is part of DESC’s network. Constructed in 2008 at a cost of approximately $9 Million, Rainier House comprises about 55,000 sf and has 50 units of supportive housing for men and women with mental illness who have spent long periods of time living on the streets or shelters. Rainier House is an integral party of DESC’s mission to offer shelter and end the homelessness of Seattle’s most vulnerable people through an integrated array of services and housing.

Year completed: 2008

Architect: SMR Architect

Contractor: RAFN Company

Lotus Team role: Pre-Construction Cost Estimating (Roy Lundin at Lundin Construction Services, LLC)

Makah Commercial Fishing Dock – Makah Reservation, Neah Bay, WA

Infrastructure supporting Economic Development

A unique infrastructure project on the remote northwest coast of Washington state, this commercial fishing dock is integral to the economic livelihood of the Makah Tribe and the entire region. More than 90 different tribal and non-tribal commercial fishing businesses depend on the dock to offload more than $7 Million worth of fish each year. The dock was in a badly deteriorated state in 2013 when a collapsed causeway threatened its complete closure. Replacement of the 200 foot long dock required significant marine work and the construction of a new ice house and five commercial cranes for vessel loading and unloading. The effort required a creative financing strategy that included the use of New Markets Tax Credits and significant investment from the Makah Tribe. Despite the monumental challenges of coastal marine construction in this area, the development team succeeded in completing design, permitting, bid and construction in a single year.

Client: Makah Tribe

Year Completed: 2014

Design Engineer: Berger ABAM

Contractor: Manson Construction


Lotus Team role: Finance strategy development for New Markets Tax Credits (Michelle Morlan at National Development Council)

Hilltop Regional Health Center – Tacoma, WA

Community Health Center

Part of the network of Federally Qualified Community Health Centers (FQHCs) operated by Community Health Care of Pierce County, this major new development in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood brings full access to medical, dental and specialty care to more than 17,000 patients annually, regardless of their ability to pay. Development included a new 3-story, 59,000 SF medical clinic building and an adjacent 300-space parking garage. The new facility provides primary medical care, an Urgent Care clinic, specialty medical care (including Women’s Health, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine); pharmacy; laboratory services; a dental operatory and clinic; community meeting space and a medical imaging lab service. The facility also includes a Family Practice Residency Program in conjunction with the Franciscan Health System and MultiCare as well as Residency for Dental Care and Nursing.

Client: Community Health Care of Pierce County

Year completed: 2013

Architect: Johnson Architecture & Planning

Contractor: JR Abbott Construction

Lotus Team role: Development project manager and finance strategy development for New Markets Tax Credits (Michelle Morlan at National Development Council)

Wing Luke Museum – Seattle, WA

Community Facility/ Cultural Facility

Located in the International District of downtown Seattle, the Wing is a Smithsonian-affiliate museum whose mission is “to connect everyone to the rich history, dynamic cultures and art of the Asian Pacific Americans through vivid storytelling and inspiring experiences.” The museum facility was developed through the historic renovation of the original East Kong Yick building (known for its role as a single room occupancy hotel for Chinese immigrants in the early 1900s). The new museum consists of 60,000 square feet of space including contemporary galleries and theater space for permanent and community-developed exhibitions, community spaces for education, community gatherings and arts shows, preserved historic spaces for immersive cultural experiences.

Year completed: 2008

Architect: Rick Sundberg, formerly of Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects

Contractor: MarPac Construction

Lotus Team role: Finance strategy development for New Markets Tax Credits (Michelle Morlan at National Development Council)

Lutheran Community Services Northwest – SeaTac, WA

Community Facility – attached to multi-family housing

This new 32,000 SF community service center located in the Angle Lake area of SeaTac (near SeaTac airport) was developed by the nonprofit LCSNW, which sought creative financing support from the New Markets Tax Credit program. The new facility houses a wide array of supportive services that reach more than 12,000 individuals annually. Services including legal assistance for immigrant families, early childhood education, coordination of home care for seniors and adults with disabilities, primary health care, behavioral health, pharmacy and health screening services and administrative offices for LCSNW. Located adjacent to an 80-unit affordable senior housing development known as Angle Lake Court, the combined project forms an intergenerational campus.

Year completed: 2006

Architect: SMR Architects

Contractor: John Korsmo Construction, Inc.

Lotus Team role: Finance strategy development for New Markets Tax Credits (Michelle Morlan at National Development Council)

Rockwood Multi-Service Center – Gresham, OR

Community Facility – attached to multifamily housing

The Rockwood Building was developed to respond to the many challenges facing one of the most diverse and economically distressed areas in all of Multnomah County. Rockwood brings together 47 new permanent rental units for individuals and families, with a 25,400 SF Multi-Service Center that houses eight different nonprofit service providers under one roof. The mixed-use facility now provides permanent housing to formerly homeless veterans and other families as well as homeless prevention, housing and employment services, early childhood education, outpatient medical and referral services, alcohol/drug and mental health services, meal programs for seniors and after school programs for low income children. The National Community Development Association in Washington, D.C. honored Human Solutions for its “exemplary use of Community Development Block Grant funds which address the needs of families, homes and neighborhoods.”

Client: City of Gresham, OR (project funder)

Year completed: 2011

Architect: Myhre Group Architects

Contractor: Howard S. Wright Construction

Lotus Team role: Finance Consultant for CDBG/Section 108 financing (Michelle Morlan at National Development Council)

Spokane Downtown Y – Spokane, WA

Community Facility – Combined YMCA and YWCA

This project marks the first ever co-location of a YMCA and YWCA under one roof. Both nonprofit organizations needed new facilities and chose to collaborate in order to maximize their collective fundraising capacity and efficiency in development and long-term operations. The result is a stunning new 80,000 SF facility that includes traditional YMCA recreational facilities – a fitness center, gymnasium and natatorium, along with administrative office space for both YM and YWCA, community meeting rooms, computer labs for youth and adults, childcare, supportive services and a clothing bank (Our Sisters Closet) for women rebuilding their careers. As part of the financing, the two organizations combined their capital campaigns to attract federal New Markets Tax Credit investment to round out the project’s financing.

Client: YMCA of the Inland Northwest and YWCA of Spokane

Year completed: 2009

Architect: ALSC Architects

Contractor: Garco Construction

Lotus Team role: Finance strategy development for New Markets Tax Credits (Michelle Morlan at National Development Council)