Graphite Design Group
70 units | 151,454 SF
Mixed-use luxury apartment studios to two-bedrooms
17,000 SF of retail space
AGC Build Washington Award
Design-build electrochromic glazing
Automated parking system
Parque Kirkland is a high-tech, high-end mixed-use project with forward-thinking features throughout. The LEED Gold project includes 70 luxury apartments, shared amenities, and over 17,000 SF of retail space. Parque is the first mixed-use project to utilize electrochromic glazing in all exterior windows. Residents can reduce energy usage and heat loss by controlling the tint level of their windows via a smartphone app. A central grand staircase is visible through the 5-story curtain wall, connecting the street to a rooftop terrace and acting as a focal point for the project. A stacking automated parking system, also controlled by smartphone, accommodates parking for the building. Unique amenities include a grotto and wine bar area designed by Dillon Works, and a rooftop amenity space with electrochromic glass that can convert to television screens on demand. Like other projects for this developer, the focus is on high quality materials, sustainability, and lasting design.
Electrochromic glazing, which tints when a low-voltage current is applied, is in all 650 exterior windowpanes. This was the first multifamily project that utilized electrochromic glazing in all residential windows. W.G. Clark carefully coordinated multiple trades involved in this process. Our low-voltage electrician ran wire to every pane, amounting to over 40,000 feet of wiring. The framer and waterproofer also had to accommodate the wiring. Collaboration throughout the entire project team brought this first-to-market feature to life.
The centerpiece of the building is an open staircase, extending five stories from the lobby to the rooftop. This design-build stair consisted of steel stringers and railings, 6-foot CLT treads and landings. A curtainwall assembly with electrochromic glass faces the stair. The geometry of the stair and the tight space made construction like building a ship in a bottle. Every landing on the staircase was unique, with each flight at a different angle. The varied angles made one flight block vertical access to the next. W.G. Clark employed a telescoping boom lift parked on the street, which made it possible to weave the heavy steel pieces into their exact locations, through the partially built curtainwall frame and the roof above. The pieces were welded into place while suspended. Successful navigation of a complicated build allowed W.G. Clark to deliver a one-of-a-kind feature to the project.