Samish Commons Phase 2

ClientBellingham Housing Authority
LocationBellingham, WA
StatsEvergreen Sustainable Development Standards
Projected Completion DateMay 2023
HighlightsMulti-family Housing, Senior Housing, Affordable Housing, Townhomes, Urban Village, Mixed-use, Community Rooms, Green Space, Pedestrian Friendly, Bicycle Friendly, Evergreen Sustainability Design Standards, Housing Authority Offices, Commercial Offices, CLT

The scope of Phase 2 includes an 11,000-sf two-story office space for BHA; 80 additional parking spaces; a 5,000-sf courtyard; a 5,000-sf future office expansion; 3,500-sf of commercial spaces; 53 units of family housing; and 49 units of senior housing.

BHA’s new office building wraps around the triangular site, bridging the housing and commercial spaces. A well-lit, prominent, double height entry flanked by glazing gives a public face and presence to BHA’s new home. The Cross-laminated Timber (CLT) structure, topped by a roof garden, consists of an open office floor plan in addition to private, executive offices and meeting rooms on both levels.

For the seven-story Senior Housing building, commercial and community spaces makeup the first two floors. A spacious, double-height lobby with large, human scale windows lends an open, cheerful vibe to the space and reinforces the connection between residents and the neighborhood. A large conference room, small conference room, and fitness room and computer room are also located on the first floor. A space allocated for BHA’s future office expansion is located on the second floor, with the one- and two-bedroom residential units beginning on the third floor. A light-filled common area lounge greets seniors and offers views of the podium courtyard, as well as direct access to the outdoor space.

The five-story Family Housing building’s grand entry with a vertical glass tower encourages integration between the interior and exterior spaces. The community room on the first floor has a kitchen, offering opportunities for residents to have larger family functions, birthday parties, and other celebrations. The space opens directly to the courtyard, with picnic tables and barbecues available for outdoor parties. The south end of the family building has an additional space designated for a future Early Learning Center for both residents and community members.  

With the completion of this phase, Samish Commons will fulfill its mission of creating a more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly, transit oriented, mixed-use neighborhood that benefits residents and improves the surrounding region.