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CAE: From Commuter to Community - Bellevue College's First New Residence Hall

Bellevue College is experiencing a significant transformation as it moves from a commuter campus to residential college. This tour will not only take a close look at the project, it will discuss some of the opportunities and challenges in bringing students on campus for the first time.

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Registration must be completed in advance of the program, closing Monday, June 10. Contact Connor Descheemaker with program questions.


  • Members with learn about the planning process involved in master planning precinct to create a residential neighborhood on a traditionally commuter campus.
  • Participants will have a basic understanding of a “5 over 1” story wood frame construction over concrete, particularly how it is applied in a complex site with significant topography. They we see how egress was tackled, how the residence hall was zoned into two buildings, how the design team avoided high rise designation, and how a myriad of fire details were addressed, without compromising the aesthetics of the design.
  • Participants will learn about the strategies implemented to attain LEED Platinum Certification such as aggressive energy and water efficiency, and creative use of the site which has been used as a rain garden for the development. Because of the below market construction budget for this project, this residence hall will give AIA members aggressive sustainable strategies for other housing projects.
  • The program for this building included an aggressive strategy for encouraging fitness, wellness and an active lifestyle. Studies are confirming that students living on campus have a greater likelihood of graduating on time and a raised GPA. Our program emphasized aspects such as pedestrian walkability, direct access in all aspects of the building to daylighting, edible landscaping, healthy dining, indoor air quality, recreation and fitness. WE will discuss how these were implemented in the design and maintained by staff.


Ron van der Veen FAIA
Principal, NAC Architecture
Ron is the higher education leader at NAC Architecture. Over the last 3 decades one of his primary passions has been to design sustainable and innovative live/learn campus environments. He has worked around the country on over 30 different campuses.

Chad Pettay
Director of Student Affairs, Bellevue College

Chad is an experienced student development professional in higher education. He has worked in residential life on a number of campuses and is how the director of housing for Bellevue College.

Jason Bentley
Associate, NAC Architecture
Jason is one of NAC Architecture’s higher education leaders. He has experience in student housing and higher education in both Washington and Colorado.

Brought to you by AIA Commitee on Architecture for Education


June 11, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Price
Class Credit
2 LU , HSW


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(206) 448-4938


Bellevue College, North Campus
3000 Landerholm Cir SE
Bellevue, WA 98007 United States
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