Salishan is a benchmark for green building. The 7th and final phase of Tacoma Housing Authority’s 180-acre development is the first HOPE VI project (federally-funded) to achieve LEED for Homes Platinum Certification. With 91 homes on 22 acres it provides residential units for people earning below 50% of median income. Walsh was CM/GC on the project, completing infrastructure and vertical construction; and responsible for preconstruction services, including scheduling, phased estimates andconstructability review. An extensive redevelopment plan targeted phased occupancy, accomplished in multiple construction phases.

Categories: Affordable, Housing

Sustainability Notes

Walsh worked closely with owner Tacoma Housing Authority to push the sustainable envelope, introducing innovations that helped make Salishan 7 one of the most sustainable projects in the region. Completed in 2011, Salishan 7 set new standards for affordable housing by becoming the 3rd largest certified LEED Platinum for Homes project in the country built with federal funding. Salishan 7 has many highly sustainable features; Bioswales that allow 98% of the community’s stormwater, including roof runoff, to percolate on-site; and buildings that are performing 50% better than code.