Velocity’s Green Roof

Recently, Velocity, Imagine Housing’s newest property, was featured for its living roof.  Read more about this green feature below or visit the original story here.

Growing Pride on a Roof Top at Velocity Apartment Community, Kirkland With LiveRoof Green Roof.

With a focus on forward moving healthy, sustainable lifestyles, the Velocity apartment community installs LiveRoof rooftop garden to the delight of community residents.

LiveRoof Living Roof at Velocity Apartment

KIRKLAND, Washington (PRWEB) May 12, 2015

To Imagine Housing, ‘”Velocity” isn’t just a trendy name for their new apartment community but an embodiment of the concept of moving forward. Velocity, and its neighbor Kirkland Crossing developed by Polygon NW, are located at the South Kirkland Park and Ride, just blocks from Lake Washington Boulevard. The new community was designed with the residents and environment in mind by using technology to incorporate interaction, health and sustainability.

“Our vision for Velocity was to create a living, moving community for the area’s low income families to take an active role in their health as well as community sustainability,” said Sibyl Glasby, Director of Housing Development for Imagine Housing. “The living green roof is a sustainable green feature that also provides a beautiful outdoor space for our residents.”

Imagine Housing chose the LiveRoof® Hybrid Green Roof System for their 6,140-square foot living garden that includes walking paths, seating and a gas BBQ. The vegetative roof provides significant benefits to the environment including reducing water run-off and turbidity into the storm water system. The green roof was designed by Fazio Associates Landscape Architect and installed by Greening America. Using drought-tolerant native and adaptive plants and locally-sourced engineered soil, the modular living roof was grown to full maturity by GreenFeathers, Inc. of Cornelius, OR.

“We are pleased to have participated in this important housing community,” said Grace Dinsdale, founder and president, Blooming Nursery and GreenFeathers. “We provided fully-mature native plants grown in locally-sourced engineered soil for the Velocity living roof. Not only did this provide a beautiful, lush garden for residents to enjoy immediately, it also contributes to the sustainability of Velocity’s site.”

Velocity offers onsite parking, ready access to transportation, bicycle storage and repair station, a vibrant community area/library with a coffee house feel, a fully-equipped exercise center, and a roof top garden with walking paths, seating and a gas barbeque. A rooftop community room hosts a variety of activities and services designed to enhance our residents’ lives and promote opportunity for engagement within the community.

Velocity meets Evergreen standards for energy efficiency, saving valuable resources and contributing to a clean planet. The homes have been built with both the residents and sustainability in mind, achieving a balance between modern finishes and long-term durability with environmentally friendly materials. The housing development was designed according to Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) standards. LiveRoof systems can influence several LEED credits in areas of sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality. Due to potential cost impacts, the project did not pursue LEED accreditation.

Velocity is located at 10711 NE 37th Court, Kirkland, WA 98033

About LiveRoof® Global, LLC
LiveRoof Global, LLC ( is the horticultural science company that developed the LiveRoof® Hybrid System, whose natural function and natural beauty offer the highest level of green roof performance at the lowest level acquisition-installation-maturation-maintenance costs. Combining the best elements of proven green roof technologies, LiveRoof establishes a seamless vegetative surface rooted in a continuous layer of soil. This design maximizes environmental benefits, energy savings and rooftop aesthetics. Regional growers in its global network adapt LiveRoof plants for local conditions and customize plant selection for every project. The proof is on the roof showcased in LiveRoof projects that stand out as signature elements on commercial, public, university and school buildings throughout the globe.

Imagine Housing on New Day Northwest

Comcast is partnering with Imagine Housing to pilot a brand new public wifi network at Imagine Housing’s Velocity apartments in Kirkland. The service will make public wifi available in the lobby of apartment buildings, and will be available city-wide in the coming months.

Steve Kipp, VP of Communications at Comcast, and Anne Levine from Imagine Housing, joined New Day on Thursday to discuss the new service.

Original story with video



Press Release: Imagine Housing Opens 13th Affordable Apartment Community


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Imagine Housing Opens 13th Affordable Apartment Community

Kirkland – In November 2013, Imagine Housing started building Velocity, a beautiful new affordable housing community within the South Kirkland Park & Ride redevelopment.  Now, a year later, they are celebrating the Grand Opening as 58 families and individuals are welcomed into their new homes. The Grand Opening will take place on Friday, September 26th at 10:00 a.m. at Velocity Apartments, 10711 NE 37th Court Kirkland, WA 98033. US Representative Suzan DelBene, King County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Councilmember Jane Hague will speak.

Apartments range from studios to three-bedrooms and allow for individuals as well as families to reside in this affordable housing.  Imagine Housing also offers on-site supportive services, including case management for formerly homeless individuals and after-school programming for kids to ensure that residents have the critical foundation of housing and support to excel.

Imagine Housing was proud to partner with Polygon Northwest on this transit-oriented development project. Imagine Housing is delighted by the work of SMR Architects and W.G. Clark Construction who designed and built the building, finishing the project on time and on budget!

When asked about Imagine Housing’s mission to build on the Eastside, Executive Director Ann Levine responded: “Mixed income development supports a strong Eastside.  As we seek to grow and support local businesses, we need to offer affordable housing options for people across the income spectrum.  This development will allow people the opportunity to live, work and thrive in our East King County community.”

Velocity meets Evergreen standards for energy efficiency, saving valuable resources and contributing to a clean planet. The homes have been built with both the residents and sustainability in mind, achieving a balance between gorgeous finishes and long-term durability with environmentally-friendly materials.  Velocity has a living green roof that is beautiful and soothing while also reducing water runoff and turbidity into the storm sewer system.  In addition, Imagine Housing incorporated many other environmentally friendly elements into Velocity: universal design and full visit-ability; allergen reducing adhesives and paints; sustainable materials; construction waste recycling; low flow fixtures; and LED and low-energy light fixtures throughout the building.

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Imagine Housing empowers individuals and families, supports diversity and strengthens communities by developing permanent affordable rental housing and providing supportive services.  Since 1987, Imagine Housing has built affordable apartment communities so that, regardless of income, individuals and families in East King County have stable housing and strong support in diverse communities that empower success and foster a high quality of life.  For more information on Imagine Housing and its services, call 425.576.5190.