I n s p i r e
at the Russell W. Young Building
Studio and 1Bdr Apartment Homes
“A living, sustainable future can be secured with buildings like Inspire -- a place where people can live and work with a light touch on the environment. Our world needs more net-positive buildings just like Inspire, where healthy, restorative, and resilient design conserves resources and prioritizes connections between people and nature."
Denis Hayes, Founder, Earth Day Network
Inspired by Innovation.
A remarkable home, unlike any other. Inspire is aiming for Living Building Challenge Petal Certification, designed to be net-positive energy for those in pursuit of an active and sustainable lifestyle. What does that mean? Better health. More energy. Extra time for you to live your best life and chase your dreams in a home that radiates with beauty and shines with functionality.
Inspired by History.
Sometimes to look forward, we must first look to the past. Inspire at the Russell W. Young Building is built to honor its namesake, a Seattle innovator and entrepreneur who shaped his community and inspired those who knew him. After graduating from Ohio State University, Russell, known to many as ‘Buz', headed west in 1925 leaving in a Model T with a paper map and $100 dollars in his pocket. He never returned. After a pit stop in LA, he moved to the PNW and quickly rose to Executive Vice President of Advertising for The Seattle Times. In his spare time between work and family he started Russell’s Fifth Avenue, which became his real estate investment company. Russell’s Fifth Avenue acquired the current site of Inspire in the 1950's and then developed it into a one-story office building. In recognition of his contributions, in 1970 OSU awarded Russell with a centennial medallion for his alumni activities. In honor of Russell’s pioneering spirit, the Inspire team constructed Seattle’s most sustainable residential building to encourage all generations to dream big and change the world.
Inspired by our Planet.
The project team found motivation in providing tenants with a home that they will have pride in, all while doing their part to protect our fragile environment. During descent, the elevators recapture energy to use on site. A beautiful array of solar panels eliminates the need to rely on energy generated by harmful dams and coal. Generous outdoor gardens provide food for residents and habitat for local species. The surrounding environment is celebrated via large windows that perfectly frame views of lush trees, pristine snow capped mountains, Lake Union and the beautiful Seattle skyline.