We’ve always imagined 5 MLK as a beacon for a burgeoning neighborhood. It’s a place bursting with greenery and glowing with natural light. A place that invites community with public spaces, and incites creativity with art and architecture. A place where people can live, work, and thrive.
For thousands of years, humans have lived in concert with nature and, as a species, are much better at navigating under the stars than through city streets. This is the Biophilia Hypothesis—a field of science studying how people associate with nature and the health benefits that ensue.
The urban lifestyle has limited our access to nature, and therefore fresh air, natural light, and chance sightings of flora and fauna in a balanced ecosystem. At 5 MLK, we chose to embrace this limitation, and have embraced biophilic design principles throughout the building. Better health, less stress, improved productivity: These are just a few of the benefits of integrating the natural world into our built environment.
Backed by some of the most stringent certifications in the industry, 5 MLK is dedicated to the betterment of mind, body, and spirit through green and wellness initiatives.
Fitwel assesses the health-related opportunities that a building offers its inhabitants. We earned it by offering things like a fitness center, bike parking, operable windows, and membership to a CSA program, among other wellness programs.Learn More
V4 is the latest and most rigorous LEED standard, requiring that we demonstrate measurable results over the lifecycle of the building.Learn More
5 MLK is the first urban Salmon Safe project to manage virtually 100% of stormwater from the site to preserve local watersheds and restore the pre-development hydrology of the property.Learn More
Photograph, Hazel Smith Sequoia tree. This 40-50' tree is being planted at 5 MLK, on the corner of SE 3rd and Ankeny.