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)

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)

Compass Center Pioneer Square Facility / Karlstrom Apartments – Seattle, WA

Mixed-use housing, transitional housing, supportive services

In 2001 the Compass Center’s main shelter and service facility in Pioneer Square was severely damaged by the Nisqually earthquake. The upper floors of this 100-year-old, un-reinforced masonry building were red-tagged while the basement hygiene center was permitted to remain open under conditional status. It took four years to complete the massive renovation and new construction of an adjacent building that would restore this facility to full functioning. The completed project consisted of the historic renovation of the original facility, which now provides 21 units of permanent rental housing studios with common laundry and computer areas for each floor, a Client Service Office providing free mail and banking services for homeless and low-income people and a hygiene center for homeless adults to shower and do laundry. The project also includes new construction of an adjacent wing that provides 88 units of transitional housing ‘carrels’, a commercial kitchen and dining area, program service space and administrative offices above a below-grade parking garage.

Client: Compass Center (now Compass Housing Alliance)

Year Completed: 2005

Financing includes: Historic Rehab Tax Credits, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, New Markets Tax Credits, City of Seattle Levy funds, State Housing Trust Fund, City of Seattle and King County CDBG, Federal Home Loan Bank, FEMA and Capital Campaign funding.

Architect: SMR Architects

Contractor: Turner Construction

Lotus Team Roles: Full service development consultant (Michelle Morlan at Common Ground), Construction Manager/Owner’s Rep (Roy Lundin), Owner Development Liaison/Project Manager (Kiser at Compass Center).

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