Swedish Health - Cherry Hill

U3 was retained by Swedish Health to provide recommendations on how to best balance its future expansion plans, while introducing more environmentally sustainable commuting practices that meet requirements put in place by the City of Seattle. 

Seattle has implemented a progressive strategy to mitigate surface congestion, traffic, and parking through commuter reduction goals and specific thresholds employers must meet. Swedish Health’s Cherry Hill campus completed a Major Institution Master Plan that estimated the need for a total of 1.6 million SF of additional space over the next 30 years.  This rapid campus growth has serious implications on both the surrounding community and the institution’s ability to meet its physical requirements. In order to understand this impact, U3 analyzed Swedish Cherry Hill employees’ housing & commuting patterns, and real estate trends from the Cherry Hill neighborhood to assess the feasibility of housing and transit incentives.

Synthesizing the analysis findings, U3 recommended two broad areas of focus for Swedish Health to achieve their expansion and sustainability goals: housing incentives (rental assistance, and creating comprehensive anchor strategy with other institutions), and transit incentives (increasing transit and carpooling use, and providing infrastructure).