The Seattle-based company of 48 years follows comprehensive tenets of the LivingSmart® program for high-performance, sustainable home development
By John Cross
Quadrant homes’ project Hedgewood East sold out 15 homes in November 2016, after just a little over one year on the market. The homes, ranging in size from 2,500 to 4,000 square feet, are designed for growing families of the rapidly growing tech corridor submarket.
“We’re one of the first entrants into the market in Northwest modern, as we interpret it, and it has become very popular,” said Ken Krivanec, president of Quadrant Homes. It has become so popular, in fact, that sales were greater than the company’s projected pace, which in turn also resulted in higher volumes of traffic from both buyers and vendors on the site daily.
In order to accommodate these pressures, the company started engaging in traffic management via assigned vendor parking and off-site parking, increasing internal site supervision, focusing on minimizing disruption of already occupied homes, and using multi-trade vendors who worked adjacent to each other. “Our commitment to sustainability extends outside our homes with preserved open spaces for parks and neighborhood gathering areas,” Krivanec said. After buyers select their home site, they finalize the process at Quadrant Homes’ new, state-of-the-art 4,200 square-foot Design Studio. “We’ve followed in the footsteps of leaders like BMW, Apple, and Four Seasons in creating a premium, concierge retail experience,” Krivanec said. “Innovation is a core value we actively pursue in our building practices.”
Home technology is one of the company’s strongest interests, with buyers maintaining the ability to choose such tools as Caseta lighting control, DSC Security system and camera packages, Lutron motorized blinds, Savant control system, Senor speaker packages, drop zones for charging devices, and even TV pre-wiring over the fireplace. Furthermore, improvements have been made to the sky bridge that was designed to provide buyers a true refuge from their hectic lives, leading to a luxurious master retreat with a spa-style en suite bath. Such ambitious design requires skilled collaboration. That’s why Quadrant Homes worked closely on the Hedgewood East project with HRI Design for interior design, Woodley Architectural Group, Inc. for architecture, and Barghausen Consulting Engineers for landscape design. All together, 17,244 square feet of tract was designated as open space, with 38 percent of existing trees retained on site and 124 replacement trees re-planted to compensate for the removals. “Research and innovation guide every product and feature we offer,” Krivanec said. “These homes are designed for the connected lifestyle most of us live today.”
Formed as a joint venture between Quadrant Homes’ parent company, TRI Pointe Group, the in-house lending service TRI Pointe Connect simplifies the lending process and, according to Krivanec, provides a premium experience end-to-end. Dedicated mortgage loan consultants are offered at competitive rates and with a wide variety of mortgage products. The community itself is close to top employers, highly-rated public schools, and popular amenities. And the Washington state energy code requires a 15 percent greater energy efficiency than national requirements (an energy-efficient building test is required prior to occupancy). Quadrant uses heating ducts inside of heated space and Low-E windows to minimize heat loss, which subsequently increases interior heat gain. “Our commitment to sustainability extends outside our homes with preserved open spaces for parks and neighborhood gathering areas,” Krivanec said.
Onsite dumpsters were brought back to the waste facility for proper recycling of materials. Cardboard packing for such features as lighting, cabinets, and plumbing were brought back to the specific vendors’ home office. And optimized framing packages maximized lumber usage in the lumberyard and minimized onsite waste. “At Quadrant Homes our goal is to be one step ahead of what the market expects,” Krivanec said.