Traugott Terrace

Traugott Terrace provides housing for individuals with very low incomes in the Belltown neighborhood of Downtown Seattle. Catholic Housing Services manages and operates 38 units of permanent housing and 12 units of transitional housing. The housing broadens the services of the Matt Talbot Center located on the first floor. The Matt Talbot Center is a multi-service ministry offering a core of programs built around initiatives to stop substance abuse and prevent relapse into alcoholism and addiction. The new structure was constructed over the existing Matt Talbot Center and within its adjacent 30′ wide parking lot.

Traugott Terrace was the first LEED Certified affordable housing project in the country and adheres to the energy efficiency standards of the Seattle City Light Built Smart program. With funding from the City of Seattle’s LEED Incentive program and from Environmental Works’ internal grant-funded sustainability initiative the design team was able to incorporate extensive sustainable strategies. Energy efficiency has been maximized with high insulation levels, ample daylighting, fluorescent
fixtures, a heat recovery ventilator and a highly efficient gearless traction elevator. Building materials were chosen for their recycled content and low-toxicity and wood from sustainably harvested sources was used for framing and sheathing.

  • Client: Catholic Housing Services
  • Location: Seattle, Washington
  • Year of Completion: 2003
  • Project Size: 50 Units + Common areas. Existing Building 6,266 square feet; New Construction 32,206 square feet
  • Type: Multi-Family Housing