A team of seven graduate students from the University of Washington won the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Low Income Housing Challenge that took place in San Francisco.
The group from the University’s College of Built Environments was just one of several competing to devise the best affordable housing project. Before sealing their victory the team from University of Washington qualified as one of the four finalists reviewed by a board of developers, financial experts and architects based on community involvement, financial feasibility and design.
The winning team from University of Washington consists of urban planning students Zi Cal and Genevieve Hale-Case, real estate students Sam Yimparsit and Ben Broesamle, public policy student Martha Sassorossi and architecture students Raymond Sayers and Mohammed Al-Humaid.
Their proposed affordable housing plan consisted of a 69-unit project in Tacoma that would go by the name Spur in Wedge Village. University of Washington professor Mike Pyatok’s design studio helped team up Salvation Army of Tacoma and Tacoma Housing Authority as partners for the project.
The teams’ faculty advisor, Al Levine, stated that the team hopes to make their proposed project a reality as soon as possible.
This will be the 24th year of the low-income housing challenge and only the second time that the University of Washington has been involved.
Michael Bain is an analyst for New Home Source.