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Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Patient Housing

The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) Patient Housing is a LEED® Gold Certified, six storey building that offers 80 temporary housing units for out of town oncology patients during their stay in Seattle, Washington.

The architects’ objective was to emphasize “durability, energy-efficient building systems, indoor air quality, and occupant comfort”. The result is an energy efficient building that is designed to use only 45-kBtu/ft2/yr, which is 50% of regional target EUI and meets the 50% Architecture 2030 Challenge.

The architects selected Innotech windows for the building’s high performance envelope for three reasons: functionality, performance and aesthetics.


The Tilt + Turn Windows are designed to provide users with control and comfort. The handles on the windows are positioned lower on the window sash, making them within reach for all patients.

The tilt and turn feature allows SCCA residents with important control over the amount of natural ventilation. In the tilt position, effective ventilation is possible without the need to open a second window or door.

In addition to ventilation control and accessible handles, the windows also provide the occupants with a quiet environment; when closed, the multiple locking points on the windows block traffic and outdoor noise from the busy South Lake Union neighbourhood.


Windows are a critical component of any building envelope. In order to build a high performance envelope, high performance windows are required. Innotech windows helped the architects meet the Architecture 2030 Challenge. In addition to energy savings for the building owner and overall occupant comfort, Innotech windows were selected because of their excellent water resistance and air tightness, both critical components of a durable building envelope.

In an article featured in the April 2011 issue GB&D Magazine, lead architect and Weinstein A|U associate, Scott Carr says: “The building is meticulously detailed in order to withstand the tests of time. Sustainability begins with designing durable buildings that are capable of lasting 75-100 years.”


The architects’ elevation strategy for the SCCA building was reinforced with the introduction of different color frames and sashes. The exterior features acryl-protect co-extruded dove gray frames and steel blue sashes with white interior frames and sashes.