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Our multifamily & mixed-use services.

Low-Rise, Mid-Rise, Mixed-Use

Multifamily Residential

Our multifamily team focuses on distinctive projects we can weave into the greater neighborhood around them. Just as our residential and commercial projects are customized to our clients, our multifamily projects are designed to feel unique, inviting, and integral to their surroundings.

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New Residential & Mixed-Use Buildings

Apartments & Mixed-Use

With in-house design services in architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture, our dynamic teams collaborate on new mid-rise apartments and mixed-use developments. We are passionate about designing buildings and spaces to please the residents who live there, the developers behind them, and the surrounding community they share.

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New Low-Rise Housing Units and Communities

Townhouses

Whether small urban infill projects or larger communities of dense urban housing, our multidisciplinary team lends an experienced design eye to townhouse developments. Our goal is to create positive impacts on neighborhoods by providing well-designed, beautiful, sustainable dwelling spaces contributing to the diversity of housing options it takes to weave a healthy urban fabric.

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Refreshes & Renovations of Multifamily Properties

Multifamily Remodel & Repositioning

With in-house teams in architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture, we are uniquely positioned to collaborate on the reinvention and repositioning of aging multifamily housing stock. Whether or not you already have a refreshed brand for the community, we’ll design the environment to attract your target resident, and breathe new life into your multifamily development.

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Our multifamily & mixed-use portfolio projects.

Joseph Arnold Lofts Refresh – Downtown Apartment Building Refresh
New
Refreshing an Award-Winning Project

Joseph Arnold Lofts Refresh

Recognized in 2014 as NAIOP’s Residential Development of the Year, ”The Joe” was ready for an on-brand refresh.

Bower Village Refresh – Multifamily Refresh & Remodel – Board & Vellum
New
Refreshed Amenity Spaces & Model Unit

Bower Village Refresh

An apartment community refreshed and repositioned with a bright and lively bowerbird design concept.

Scott Street Mixed-Use – Board & Vellum
On The Boards
Integrated Design for a Mixed-Use Development

Scott Street Development

Interdisciplinary design for a multi-acre site with dedicated permanent, affordable community land trust homes, mixed-use retail buildings, and market-rate apartments.

Darmer Hay & Feed Adaptive Reuse – Board & Vellum – Design process images for the adaptive reuse of a historic structure.
On The Boards
Adaptive Reuse of a Historic Structure

Darmer Hay & Feed Adaptive Reuse

Reimagining a historic, unreinforced masonry building in downtown Tacoma to ready it for future tenants in its new chapter as a mixed-use building.

Cooper Apartments Amenity Refresh – Multifamily Remodel & Refresh – Board & Vellum
New
Reinvention of Indoor & Outdoor Amenity Spaces

Cooper Apartments Amenity Refresh

Transforming an apartment complex’s indoor and outdoor amenity spaces for the competitive Seattle market.

Dockside Apartments Renovation, Furnishing, and Staging of Amenity Spaces and Model Unit – Board & Vellum
New
Amenities & Model Unit Reinvention, Furnishing, Staging

Dockside Apartments Renovation

Reinventing the amenity spaces and model unit of an apartment complex with a modern lakeside design concept.

Our multifamily & mixed-use posts.

Custom Residential, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Multifamily & Mixed-Use

Storytelling in Design

What inspires designers to create beautiful projects? Just like making a fantastic dish to eat, it’s about more than the individual ingredients — it’s about how they all work together! In design, it’s so much more than meeting the basic programmatic needs of our clients. It’s about telling a story.

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Ask an Architect, Custom Residential, Multifamily & Mixed-Use

Tips for Ensuring Your Home Has Good Air Quality

With wildfire season continuing into the late fall and a global pandemic still keeping millions of people indoors, there's a lot going on in the world. Both these natural disasters have brought to the forefront the importance of ventilation for your health: well-designed ventilation in buildings is important to address present and future pandemics, wildfires, and other airborne pollutants.

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Ask an Architect, Custom Residential, Multifamily & Mixed-Use

How a Heat Recovery Ventilator Can Make Your Home Healthier

Indoor air quality has never been a more pressing or popular target than it is today. With smoke from wildfires all over the West and the continuing global pandemic of COVID-19, many of us are wondering whether our indoor air is safe. The good news is: it can be, with the right systems in place.

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Ask an Architect, Custom Residential, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Multifamily & Mixed-Use

Will The Coronavirus Impact Construction Prices?

The impact of the coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic is incredibly vast. As we try to plan for how this will impact our businesses, how the cost of construction could change is a common — and key — question. Here are some of the factors that could play a role in pushing the cost of construction either up or down.

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Multifamily & Mixed-Use

Why Special Amenities Are the X-Factor in Multifamily Design

In this extremely competitive rental and condo market, even atypical, outside-the-box amenity spaces can’t be counted on to elevate a property over the steep competition, especially if they feel tacked on as a bonus. It takes a cohesive design story tying the whole building together to truly stand out.

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Multifamily & Mixed-Use

Why Corridors in Multifamily Buildings Are Worth It

Corridors in multifamily buildings are often overlooked, considered areas to pinch the budget to save money for ”more glamorous” amenities, but it’s actually well worth it to invest in the design of a building’s corridors, not only from the perspective of the residents but from the perspective of the developer.

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Our multifamily & mixed-use sustainability practices.

LEED Certified

LEED Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council

Our team includes many LEED-accredited professionals who possess comprehensive knowledge of contemporary sustainable practices across disciplines and sectors.

Certified Passive House Consultant

Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC)

Board & Vellum Managing Principal, Jeff Pelletier, was one of the first Certified Passive House Consultants in the state, and a growing number of our team members are also certified.

Built Green Member

Built Green of King and Snohomish Counties

Board & Vellum is a proud member of Built Green, and our team is thrilled to have collaborated on dozens of Built Green projects in the Pacific Northwest.

Our multifamily & mixed-use recognition stories.

Board & Vellum makes Expertise’s list of the Best Architects in Seattle, 2020.

Best Architects in Seattle: Expertise’s 2020 List

Expertise examined 138 architecture firms in the Seattle area and selected only 19 to make their list of Best Architects in Seattle, including Board & Vellum.

Board & Vellum comes in at #3 on Fresh Chalk’s 2020 List of Best Seattle Architects.

Best Seattle Architects: Fresh Chalk’s 2020 List

Board & Vellum comes in at #3 on Fresh Chalk’s 2020 List of Best Seattle Architects.

Emerald Award for Renovated Community of the Year 2019

Emerald Award for Renovated Community of the Year 2019

We are excited to hear: The Eden Apartments — the renovation of which our interiors and landscape studios designed — won a 2019 Emerald Award for “Renovated Community of the Year” from the Washington Multi-Family Housing Association.

Our multifamily & mixed-use team team members.

Jeff Pelletier – Managing Principal and Founder of Board & Vellum

Jeff Pelletier, AIA, CPHC®

Managing Principal, Founder

In 2011, Jeff founded Board & Vellum in his attic and has forged ahead with excitement ever since. Architecture aside, he is a huge advocate for traveling, and takes LEGO really seriously.

Jill Burdeen – Principal, Multifamily at Board & Vellum

Jill Burdeen

Principal, Multifamily

Jill has over 15 years of experience in multifamily and mixed-use projects and an intimate familiarity with the Seattle market. Out of the office, she enjoys spending time with her daughters and dreams of opening a candy store.

Zack Thomas – Principal, Landscape & Site Design at Board & Vellum

Zack Thomas, PLA

Principal, Landscape & Site Design

Zack co-launched B&V’s ”Site Design Studio,” and is excited to take on landscape projects of all shapes, sizes, and scales. He loves to get out of the city on weekends and makes a point of traveling to another country each year.

Kristin Jensen – Director of Interior Design at Board & Vellum

Kristin Jensen, LEED AP ID+C

Director, Interior Design

Kristin’s passion for interior design is complemented by her love of the outdoors. When she’s not riding her bike or doing other cliché PNW things, you can find her in the kitchen, listening to podcasts and cooking up a storm.

Yi-Chun Lin, NCARB, NOMA – Director of Integrated Practice at Board & Vellum

Yi-Chun Lin, NCARB, NOMA

Director, Integrated Practice

Motivated by curiosity to connect culture, environment, and human experience through design, Yi-Chun’s generalist experience is expressed through a range of project typologies. An avid reader, seeker of metaphors, and food enthusiast, she revels finding beauty in simplicity.

Brian Baker – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum Team

Brian Baker, AIA

Senior Associate, Architect

Brian has over a decade of residential design and construction experience. Beyond architecture, Brian is our resident music fanatic, and a Vienna Secession art and design obsessive.

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Our Story

Board & Vellum is a young and vibrant firm built on the idea that an informed and engaged team leads to better design and happy clients. We wouldn’t be where we are today without passion and hard work, and those same two things keep us going strong today.

Our Process

Bringing your project from “idea” to fruition is a little different at Board & Vellum. We give personal care to each of our projects, and you’ll be in the loop every step the way. The bonus: we are an integrated firm, so each project has access to plenty of great knowledge — and that leads to better design.

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