Construction on Cornish College of the Arts' New Residence Hall Reaches Top Floor

The construction schedule for new Cornish Commons is on-track for a Fall 2015 opening

SEATTLE, Feb. 20, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cornish Commons, the new residence hall and academic building being developed for Cornish College of the Arts ("Cornish") is on schedule for a fall of 2015 opening. Construction topped out with the pouring of the roof slab in January. The next milestone for the project will be completion of the building enclosure, which is scheduled to occur in March.

The 20-story building located at the corner of Terry Ave. and Lenora St. marks the first "ground up" project since 1921 for the 100-year-old Seattle arts college. Located on Cornish's campus in downtown Seattle, the building will serve as Cornish's "living room" as well as a residence hall, with studio spaces, a fireside lounge, and Student Life offices on the first two floors. The project is being developed by Capstone Development Partners (Capstone) with Ankrom Moisan Architects and Howard S Wright as design builder.

Capstone and Cornish broke ground on the project in March 2014. Cornish Commons will open its doors to students in September of 2015. Besides being a home to student residents, the practice rooms, art studios, movement studio, and classroom space – as well as a 20th-floor garden, fitness room, and student lounge, among other amenities – make this addition to the South Lake Union neighborhood truly a place where people live, learn, work, and create.
More information will be released throughout the spring and summer with details regarding grand opening ceremony events.
About Capstone Development Partners

Capstone Development Partners, LLC is a Birmingham, Alabama based student-housing developer with more than 23 years of experience in higher education and student housing specializing in the finance, development and operations of urban, on-campus and campus-edge projects through Public Private Partnerships. 

About Cornish College of the Arts 

Begun in 1914, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Art, Dance, Design, Performance Production and Theater, a Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma in Early Music. Since its beginning, the College's founder Nellie Cornish, and the many teaching artists who followed her, believed in education through exposure to all the arts. This approach continues to inform the College's curriculum and community involvement today. The College is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design 
The College owns or operates more than a dozen buildings in three Seattle neighborhoods. Its main campus is located at South Lake Union, where the 20-story Cornish Commons will open in 2015. The Art, Design, Film+Media Department, the Theater Department, and the Performance Production Department offices are located on this campus. The Cornish also owns the historic Kerry Hall on Capitol Hill, built by the College in the 1920s, where dancer Martha Graham, composer John Cage, and Northwest painter Mark Tobey all instructed students. This building continues to serve today as the home of the Music and Dance departments and houses the PONCHO Concert Hall.

At the Seattle Center, Cornish now operates the Cornish Playhouse, built for the 1962 World's Fair and originally the home of the Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Intiman Theatre. Today the Cornish Playhouse and the Cornish Playhouse Studio, as well as the nearby Scene Shop on Roy St., are the home for college programs and student productions as well as serving more than 30 nonprofits annually.

Note: "Cornish Commons" was previously used for the building housing computer labs and studio spaces located at Virginia and 9th. That building will be remain a part of the campus but will be renamed in June 2015.

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Cornish Construction Pic