Kebero Court at Yesler Terrace

Seattle, WA

Kebero Court’s family-oriented design brings resident health and comfort to the forefront 

  • Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV) in each of the apartment and townhome units
  • Low-emitting, hard surface flooring in common areas
  • Extensive LED lighting for both exterior and common area lighting
  • ENERGY STAR® appliances throughout

  • Low-flow toilets, showers
  • 1,312 square-foot green roof system that absorbs rainwater and helps to lower urban air temperature

Named for a style of drum central to some East African cultural traditions, and reflecting the heritage of many who call it home, Kebero Court is located at the corner of Yesler Way and Boren Avenue in Seattle. It was the first new publicly owned residential building to open its doors to new and returning residents as part of Seattle Housing Authority’s (SHA) master redevelopment of Yesler Terrace. The Court has 103 apartments ranging from 580 to 1875 square feet, and offer 1, 2, 3, and 4-bedroom units. O’Brien360 was brought onto the team to provide technical assistance during construction. Our services helped the team meet the unusual and complex requirements of one of the Enterprise criteria’s alternate selected pathways related to energy conservation and indoor air quality.

Our experience with the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, as well as with LEED® for Homes Mid-rise and Northwest ENERGY STAR for Homes helped the team find cost-effective solutions for unique air sealing challenges to achieve compartmentalization in both wood construction and metal and concrete construction.  O’Brien360 provided field verification services to ensure the project achieved both the Enterprise Green Communities and Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes criteria, such as verifying thermal insulation and air-sealing details and conducting water flow and blower door testing.