April 24, 2014
Following approval by the Everett City council yesterday, Trinity Lutheran College is pleased to announce that it is building a new residence hall for its students in partnership with Footprint Investments, a micro-housing company based in Seattle.
The new building, located on the corner of Oakes Avenue and California Avenue in downtown Everett, will be just two blocks from Trinity’s Campus Center. Designed with around 100 units, all small efficiency studio apartments, the residence hall project will break ground this August for completion a year later in July 2015.
The relationship between Trinity Lutheran College and Footprint Investments is an example of the kind of partnership and innovative approach to higher education that has become a hallmark for Trinity.
Capital for the new residence hall will be provided by Footprint Investments, who will also serve as property manager for the building. The college will still hire and train student life staff, including resident assistants and a residence director, to provide student programming and ensure that campus policies and regulations are being adhered to.
The college is pleased by the collaborative efforts of both Footprint and the City of Everett as it has worked to make this possibility a reality.
“I have been incredibly impressed by how well the college, Footprint Investments and the City of Everett have worked together on this project. It has truly been a collaborative effort,” said John Reed, President of Trinity Lutheran College.
Trinity began conversations with Footprint Investments over a year ago, after President Reed and other administrative staff of the college visited a few of Footprint’s sites and were impressed with the efficient spaces built by the company, spaces which were also modern and welcoming. Together Trinity and Footprint began to dream about a residence hall for Trinity that would be close to campus, affordable for students, and both efficient and modern in feel.
The new housing for Trinity students will offer a pleasing blend of affordability and comfort, with modern furnished units that include a bedroom, bathroom, desk, shelves, microwave and refrigerator. The building itself will provide a kitchen and common areas where students can relax and socialize, onsite washer and dryer, 24-hour security, rooftop decks and onsite bicycle storage. Students will park in the Port Gardner Parking Garage, just one block west of the new residence hall, which is also owned and managed by the college.
The City of Everett has shown strong support toward the new project, as demonstrated by the yes vote at the city council meeting yesterday afternoon.
“The City of Everett, led by Mayor Ray Stephanson and Lanie McMullin Executive Director of Economic Development, has been incredibly supportive of Trinity and our vision for convenient, efficient housing for our students. We are grateful for their support as we continue to grow in enrollment,” Reed said.
Since moving to Everett in 2008, the college has housed its students in two brownstone apartment buildings located near the Everett Public Library. While this arrangement was a helpful starting point for students’ housing needs, the buildings are sorely in need of upgrades and the location is farther from the college than is ideal for student housing, both for safety and also for students to feel a sense of cohesion and community in an urban campus like Trinity’s.
The new residence hall on the corner of Oakes and California Avenues will meet these needs and more for future Trinity students. And the college is pleased to be taking this next step in housing to complement its record enrollment growth and financial health.
*Drawings are conceptual architectural renderings of the new residence hall.