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April 3, 2023

Alta Arlo


Photos courtesy of Exxel Pacific [enlarge]
Alta Arlo is mixed-use development located at Rainier Avenue South and South Alaska Street in the heart of Columbia City.

Taking advantage of the site’s steep grade change, the property has multiple buildings ranging from three to seven stories. To break up the massing of the 340,650-square-foot, 243-residence development, the buildings use a mix of materials, including brick, rusted metal panels, cedar, black metal accents, and cement board.

The through-block connection serves as a hill-climb, with terraced gardens, concrete benches, festival lights and retail spaces.

Units include studio, one- and two-bedrooms, as well as a few two-story live/work units. Ranging from 450 square feet to 1,000 square feet, each residence has access to daylight and views since the buildings wrap around a the central courtyard, with an outdoor kitchen, fire pit and lounge chairs.

Other amenities include a co-working space, fitness center, bike parking, and a dog-washing station. The roof deck is accessed through a sky lounge, and includes a fire pit, grill station and activity lawn.

Developer: Wood Partners

General contractor: Exxel Pacific

Architect: Johnston Architects

Interior design: Vida Design

Landscape architecture: Karen Kiest Landscape Architects

Structural engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen

Civil engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen

MEP: Rushing

Geotechnical engineer: Terracon

Envelope: RDH

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