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Smartly Sustainable

We create places that deliver lasting value for people and the planet

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Intentional Impact

We understand the way we do business impacts the land and the lives of the people around us. At the heart of our philosophy is a conviction that we can achieve market rates of return while also creating positive outcomes for our community. With ongoing investments in innovative technologies that advance and achieve new standards in sustainable development, our projects meaningfully benefit people—and the planet.

By the Numbers

LEED-Certified Buildings Developed
Gallons of Stormwater Treated Annually
Invested to Remove Contaminated Soil

We’re the world’s first Salmon-Safe developer

We’ve always believed that a successful real estate development is one that moves the meter socially, economically, and environmentally. That’s why the Salmon-Safe program fits right into the Vulcan way. When we plan and construct a new project, we go above and beyond to minimize runoff and preserve natural habitats for this critical species. Go below the surface and discover all the ways we work to keep this region’s treasured salmon population safe, healthy, and thriving.

How We Keep Salmon Safe
Salmon swimming

See our approach to sustainable design

Recognized for sustainable innovations

Planet Positive Awards Multifamily, Sitka

Metropolis Magazine

LEED Homes Outstanding Multifamily Project Award, Sitka

U.S. Green Building Council

Gold Nugget Grand Award Best Innovative Energy Design, Sitka


National Sustainability Award Winner, Stack House and Supply Laundry Building


Vision Award for Leadership, Stack House and Supply Laundry Building

Seattle 2030 District

National Winner LEED for Homes Outstanding Multifamily Project, Stack House

U.S. Green Building Council

Pillars of the Industry Award for Best Example of Green Building, Stack House

National Association of Home Builders

Best Example of Green Building Concepts, Stack House

Real Estate Forum
Sitka courtyard at night

Sitka was honored at the inaugural 2021 Metropolis Planet Positive Awards which recognize the most creative projects from around the world that benefit people and planet. Through the use of cutting-edge technology, Sitka is one of the most sustainable and energy efficient multifamily buildings in the region. However, it was built using conventional funding and standard components and is a compelling example of how to practically and successfully, marry sustainability with tasteful design at a large scale in an evolving city.

Runberg Architecture Group

Close up of Swale on Yale

Swale on Yale is one of the ways that Seattle Public Utilities is working to protect our waterways, so that people can enjoy our lakes and so that nature can continue to thrive. By working with [Vulcan Real Estate], we’re able to [treat 180M gallons of stormwater annually] before it gets to Lake Union.

Jason Sharpley, Seattle Public Utilities