College of the Arts was recently honored with three awards at the 2016
Student Housing Business Innovator Awards Ceremony, which recognizes excellence
in student housing development. More than 85 industry experts voted on 100
entries, and awarded Cornish Commons with Best Public Private Partnership, Most
Creative Public Private Financing, and Best New Development.
Development Partners (CDP) worked with the school and the design team to
realize Cornish President Nancy J. Uscher’s original
goal to create a place for current and future students to live, learn, and
play. CDP Principal Bruce McKee remarked, “We
work hard with our partners to develop high quality, meaningful projects for
the communities, institutions and students that they serve. The entire CDP
Cornish team is honored that our peers in the industry have chosen to reward
our efforts with this recognition."
Ms. Uscher continued this sentiment reflecting on the amazing collaborative process involved in building Cornish Commons: "These awards reflect hours of diligent work by all parties involved to create a space already beloved by our students, faculty, and staff."
Moisan Senior Designer Jason Jones states, “Our team focused on creating a
place that students could call home, and a facility that the college could be
proud of. The integrated design team made a commitment to work towards the
greater good of the students by building an icon for Cornish College of the
Arts and improving the urban fabric of the City of Seattle.”
The 20-story facility opened in July 2015 and
includes student residences, practice studio spaces, lounges, a community
kitchen, two floors dedicated to academics, academics support, and a first
floor common amenity space open to all students and faculty. Sustainable practices
and materials allowed the building to achieve the LEED Gold for Homes Midrise
Certification and the building was named the “2015 Building of the Year” by The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce.
For a video of the completed Cornish Commons,
please visit Capstone’s YouTube Channel.