Cornish Commons Opens August 27

Seattle,WA--Cornish Commons, a new live-study-create residence hall developed for Cornish College of the Arts (“Cornish”), officially opens August 27 when Cornish president Nancy Uscher and Capstone Development Partners principal Bruce McKee cut the red ribbon. More than 100 dignitaries including community leaders, distinguished alumni, building partners, and supporters will be in attendance. Following the ribbon-cutting, invited guests will ascend to the 20th floor student lounge to raise a toast in celebration of the successful completion of the project on time and on budget.

On the top floor, the guests can tour such amenities as the lounge, outdoor lounge, student art studio, music practice rooms, a laundry that texts students when their wash is done, and a workout room outfitted with a barre and mirror for dancers as well as the usual training equipment. The stunning views from all sides show how the campus is immersed in the heart of the country’s fastest growing high tech neighborhood. The west-facing workout room overlooks new additions to the Amazon campus while north views from the lounges frame such iconic images as Seattle’s famed Space Needle.

The 20-story building located at the corner of Terry Ave. and Lenora St. in Seattle, Washington, marks the first “ground up” project since 1921 for the 100-year-old college of the visual and performing arts. Located on Cornish’s campus in downtown Seattle, the building will serve as Cornish’s “living room” as well as a residence hall, with additional movement studio spaces, a fireside lounge, and Student Life offices on the first two floors.

"This facility signals the growth of Cornish in its second century," said Dr. Uscher, who has expressed herself as delighted with the work by all the building's partners. The $49.6 million project was completed on budget and on time, and all members of the team worked to make the space especially friendly to visual and performing artists. The 156,000-square-foot building has  single, double, or triple-bed rooms on floors four through 19. All come with private baths and the majority have bathtubs, an important feature for dance students who need to be able to soak. Some rooms come supplied with kitchenettes, useful for actors and others with late night rehearsal schedules, and residents also have access to kitchen space on each residence floor. Artists will love the "dry erase" wall paint in the lounges for easy expression of visual ideas.

Since 2008, the college had leased two nearby buildings from Clise Properties for student housing and there is archival evidence that the college had a dormitory in the 1920s near Kerry Hall (although the address of that property is not known).

Cornish Commons was developed by Capstone Development Partners (Capstone) with Ankrom Moisan Architects and Howard S Wright as design builder. Capstone and Cornish broke ground on Cornish Commons in March 2014 and all of the 438 beds are now reserved for the upcoming academic year. The majority of students will move in on September 2.

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 a dozen buildings in three Seattle neighborhoods. Its main campus is located near downtown Seattle. The Art, Design, Film+Media Department, the Theater Department, and the Performance Production Department offices are located on this campus as well as college administrative offices, residence hall, and newly remodeled cafeteria in the main campus center. 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 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.