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GRuB Farmhouse Zoning Case Study

GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty) was a project with a lot of community support. Local outreach and a history of service to the area were factors that led to this non-profit’s headquarters being located in a Single Family Residence neighborhood with a conditional use permit. Their facility includes a 5-Star Green Built farmhouse, which they use to stage their activities that provide fresh produce and garden beds for low to no-income households in the South Puget Sound area. GRuB Farmhouse was permitted to build a commercially designated building in a single family residence zone in Olympia, WA. This was accomplished by the acquisition of a conditional use permit through the City of Olympia.

Photos Benjamin Benschneider, courtesy Berger Partnership

McGilvra “Living Park” at the Bullitt Center in Seattle

On a busy corner in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, the developers of the Bullitt Center partnered with neighbors and the City to renovate a run-down public park into a vibrant public tree-lined plaza that quickly became a hub of urban activity. It’s right next to the world’s greenest office building, the Bullitt Center in Seattle, WA.

Permeable ICF wall system at GRuB Education Center

Garden Raised Bounty is a non-profit environmental learning center built upon the generosity of a whole community. The first-floor walls were constructed with Faswall ICF’s (insulated concrete forms), creating an efficient open-diffusion permeable wall system. Non prescriptive parts to this project include custom engineering for an ICF, energy code compliance an non prescriptive wall assembly.