Seattle Architects Building Apartments With New Prefab System

By Eric Pryne, The Seattle Times Aug. 20--Seattle architecture firm Collins Woerman has filed preliminary paperwork with the city to build two apartment projects in South Lake Union using a prefabricated, modular-construction system it has developed over the last few years. The six-story, steel-and-concrete buildings should cost no more to build than conventional, wood-frame buildings, partner Arlan Collins said. The materials would cost more, he said, "but we can put it up in half the time. "And you get a better building." The two sites are on Dexter Avenue North between Valley and Aloha streets, and on East Galer Street between Eastlake Avenue East and Interstate 5. The Dexter project would have about 160 units, the Galer project about 50. Each would have ground-floor retail space. Both sites are owned by Alexandria Real Estate Equities of Pasadena, Calif., which special...

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