Ballard On the Park

Seattle, WA

The Challenge

Construct an eight-level mixed-use apartment project on a constricted site bound on three sides by public right of way and a public park on the fourth side.


Absher rented an off-site yard a quarter mile away and scheduled all critical items to drop ship from the yard. This facility was also used for subcontractor laydown and construction staff parking. A phased occupancy plan was devised to allow the ground floor retail and completed apartment units to be occupied as construction continued.

Quick Facts

  • Required demolition of an existing building, and excavation to 30 feet
  • Recycling diverted 1,229 tons of concrete, brick and metal from going into landfills
  • 426,000 SF
  • Ground level grocery store over seven levels of apartment
  • 268-units
  • Three levels of below-grade parking
  • Includes a movie theater, demonstration kitchen, business center and gym
  • ISSI prefabricated interior metal-framed wall panels
  • Bumgardner Architects
  • Awarded the ULI’s Jack Kemp Workforce Housing Models of Excellence Award