Forget that they have one of the coolest websites I have seen (you can paint on the homepage!), VEER Lofts is another in a long list of green mixed-use buildings being constructed in the Seattle area. Slated to be finished in the summer 2008, it is being built to LEED certification standards. It has a really cool vibe to it and to be honest, I have been really surprised by the amount of green development going up in Seattle. The city has always been known as a bit earthy, but lately I have come across a ton of cutting-edge, modern + green construction happening in and around Seattle. Very cool!
Some of the green features of VEER Lofts include drought tolerant landscaping, low-VOC paints, water conserving fixtures, natural day lighting in all the units, use of recycled building materials in construction, recycling collection in the building and high performance window wall systems. And if that isn't enough, you can get some of your aggressions out on the bocce ball court. The building won't be all residential...the ground floor will have some retail establishments and VEER Lofts will also provide individual bike racks to the tenants. Its close enough to downtown that you wouldn't really even need a car for transportation.
Aimed at first-time home buyers, VEER Lofts is being developed by Vulcan Real Estate, the real estate arm of Vulcan Inc., a Paul G. Allen (one of the Microsoft founders) company. To be honest, Vulcan Real Estate has some great green, modern projects in the works. I come across their name a lot when I am looking for new green projects. They definitely pick their projects with sustainability in mind. Anyway...originally the price of these lofts was going to start in the mid 200's, which if they are geared toward first-time home buyers...seems a little high. But maybe their focus is first-time home buyers living downtown working in the financial district. Thanks to Jon Hunter for the heads up on VEER.