7000 Campus Living
at Shoreline Community College

Shoreline, Washington

Creating a Modern Gateway to Student Life


  • Neighborhood

    Shoreline Community College

  • Type

    Student Housing

  • Size

    86,663 SF
    216 Dormitory Units

  • Sustainability

    Targeting LEED Silver

  • Status

    Completed 2019

  • Services


  • Photographer

    Built Work Photography

  • Client

    Shoreline Community College

Creating the college’s first-ever student housing

Our task was to build the first student housing ever at Shoreline Community College. This would also be the first new building on the campus in over 20 years. The idea was to create a modern gateway to the school that captured the mid-century aesthetic predominant on the campus. Located at the heart of the school, on a site that was steep and irregular in shape, the challenge entailed building on difficult terrain while keeping costs reasonable.

Elevating apartment-style student living

We constructed the six-story building entirely in wood framing, utilizing the irregular topography to create a daylight basement level with no elevated concrete structure. The housing provides the ultimate convenience for students with apartment-style living including kitchens and private bedrooms within units. There is also a lounge and lobby open to all students, allowing for interactions with residents and the larger student body. Additional amenities include two small conference rooms, a community kitchen and a multi-denominational reflection room.

Fostering community and interaction

An architectural highlight is the building’s “Great Room,” a community lounge and event space for up to 80 people. It features a double-height space with wood ceilings, exposed columns and beams, and large windows for natural lighting. The room opens to an exterior gathering space allowing for indoor-outdoor functions and activities.

Program: Shared apartment-style housing units with shared kitchens and living spaces. Amenities include a student lounge/lobby space, two small conference rooms, a community kitchen and a multi-denominational reflection room.  The building also includes a large indoor-outdoor gathering space for campus events with seating for 80.