Stateside Student Housing Achieves Fitwel Certification

Date Posted: 10.06.2021

Stateside, new off-campus housing designed with Western Washington University students in mind, opened prior to the start of fall classes. Prioritizing resident health and well-being, Stateside is the first Fitwel certified building in Bellingham and on track to achieve LEED Gold certification.

The two-building development accommodates 513 residents within 164 furnished apartments ranging from studios to six-bedroom suites. This mix enables some students to live in social group settings, while offering more privacy to upper-class and graduate students with studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments.

A+ Amenities
The pet-friendly community includes indoor and outdoor spaces for studying and socializing, a communal kitchen for group meals and healthy cooking classes, a 24-hour gym, areas for meditation and yoga, coffee bar, and eco-smart laundry facility. Lobby lounges flex to accommodate different settings for private and group study and there is a high-tech study room for group collaboration. The rooftop features indoor-outdoor spaces overlooking Bellingham Bay with seating nooks and a BBQ area. The indoor living room offers floor-to-ceiling windows for year-round natural light and ventilation.

getting around town, sustainably
As a transit-oriented development, Stateside encourages students to leave their cars at home. The buildings are located a short walk from Western Washington University campus, along a central bus line and adjacent to the South Bay Trail bike and walking path. The development features 392 bike stalls (50% more than required by city code) and includes a bike room with a fully equipped repair station and space for bike maintenance classes. A partnership with Envoy electric car sharing service allows residents to reserve an electric car on demand.

Stateside was developed by Spectrum Development Solutions. Mithun provided integrated architectural, interior design and landscape architecture services. The design team included KPFF Consulting Engineers, structural engineer; Herrera Environmental Consultants, civil engineer; Rushing Company, MEP, lighting design and LEED consulting; 4EA Building Science, building envelope consultant; A3 Acoustics, acoustical consultant; and Endelman & Associate, accessibility consultant. Exxel Pacific was the general contractor.