YWCA Family Village at Issaquah
Issaquah Highlands, WA

Serving the Community: The YWCA Family Village at Issaquah is a transit-oriented development that provides 146 units of affordable low-income housing units in 3 buildings surrounding a community building and play areas. Includes a childcare center, YWCA regional offices, employment services, tutoring and community rooms for resident use and community rental space.

Finding Solutions: One key challenge for the design team was to successfully integrate the complex needs of a large multi-stakeholder team into the project design. Project Manager Poppy Handy facilitated multiple design workshops to collect and implement stakeholder ideas. This established a clear framework and effective lines of communication between all participating groups throughout the entire project leading to a successfully integrated project that serves the Issaquah Highlands community and surrounding areas.

Unique Features: Achieved LEED NC Gold Certification, BuiltGreen 4-Star Certification, and the Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard.

Scope of Work:


  • NAHB Silver Award for Best Architectural Design of a Multi-Family Building, 2013
  • 2013 Golden Nugget Award of Merit for Green Sustainable Residential Community
  • Green Globe Award, Outstanding Achievement, Community Leader in Green Building, 2011
  • Governor’s Smart Community Award, 2009

Owner: YWCA of Seattle | King | Snohomish

Size: 4 buildings on 2.4 acres

Total Project Cost: $52 million

Role: Poppi Handy served as Project Manager while at SMR from Feasibility through Construction Administration. Suzanne Davis served as Architectural Staff while at SMR Architects.