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  Architecture & Engineering

July 1, 2015

How to make great public spaces

Designers and artists will discuss “Art, Landscape & the Public Realm” at 6 p.m. July 9 at Sorrento Hotel in Seattle.

Panelists are David Malda of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Eric Fredericksen of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and Lesley Bain of Framework Cultural Placemaking.

They will explore how cities create successful public spaces through architecture, landscape design and art — and what the future holds for streets, plazas and parks in Seattle.

Gray Magazine is presenting the event in partnership with Interior Design Show West as part of a series of discussions with designers and creative people in the Northwest.

Cost is $10. Buy tickets at http://tiny.cc/2iraxx/.

AIA index shows demand is rising

Demand for design services increased in May, led by new schools, hospitals and cultural and municipal buildings, the American Institute of Architects said in a press release.

The Architecture Billings Index score in May was 51.9, up from 48.8 in April.

The index reflects the approximate nine to 12-month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. Any score above 50 indicates an increase in architecture billings.

Institutional projects scored 55.2, followed by mixed practice at 52.5, commercial/industrial at 48.3 and multifamily at 45.9.

AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker said, “Generally, the business climate is favorable, but there are still construction sectors and regions of the country that are struggling, producing the occasional backslide in the midst of what seems to be growing momentum for the entire industry.”

Website helps artists find rental space

Seattle Office of Arts & Culture launched SpacefinderSeattle.com to connect artists and art spaces.

The goal is to eventually include every rental space in the region available to artists and arts and cultural groups.

The site launched with about 200 spaces, and will grow over time. It includes theaters, galleries, cinemas and museums, as well as creative spaces such as studios, rehearsal rooms and offices. Spaces for events and meetings will be listed along with retail and warehouse spaces.

Artists can search by dozens of variables such as price and availability. There are no fees for using the site, which is underwritten by Arts & Culture.

SDC reviews $7.6B worth of projects

Seattle Design Commission in 2014 reviewed a total of 40 projects, plans and permits valued at $7.6 billion.

It continued to review the Waterfront Seattle capital projects, hosted the 2014 Design Excellence Awards, and guided design of two key elements of the SR 520 project, according to the Seattle Department of Planning and Development.

The commission also reviewed Sound Transit's design and planning of light rail extensions for Northgate and East Link.

For a more detailed look, go to tiny.cc/isjuxx/.

The evolution of Queen Anne tour

Seattle Architecture Foundation is offering a tour of Queen Anne titled “The Evolution of an Urban Neighborhood” at 10 a.m. July 18.

The two-hour tour includes landmark houses, apartments and repurposed buildings, as well as viewpoints and hidden estates.

Meet at West Queen Anne Elementary School, which is now condos, at 1401 Fifth Ave. W.

Cost is $15 in advance. Register at tiny.cc/vi5pxx/.

SEFW is reaching out to students

Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington said its recent educational efforts to promote structural engineering in Washington have been a success.

They include field trips in partnership with Washington STEM for students at the Tyee educational campus of Highline School District; a popsicle stick bridge competition for students in Mead School District in Spokane; and support for Mountlake Terrace High School's robotics program.

SEFW sponsored the first annual Structural Engineers Association of Washington Student Competition in which teams from the University of Washington and Seattle University built and tested wooden bridges.

Top trends for 2015 listed by ASLA

Sustainable and low-maintenance design are the top trends for residential landscape projects in 2015, according to a survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects.

There were 581 responses to the residential survey, which asked landscape architects to rate the expected popularity of design elements.

They said projects that preserve the environment, conserve water and reduce landscape maintenance will be most in demand.

Here are the top 10: native plants, drought-tolerant plants, food/vegetable gardens, fire pits/fireplaces, low-maintenance landscapes, permeable paving, drip/water-efficient irrigation, rain gardens, lighting and rainwater/graywater harvesting.

June 24, 2015

Harry Jarnagan wins AACE award


AACE International will present Hatch Mott MacDonald vice president Harry Jarnagan with honorary life membership at its annual meeting in Las Vegas June 30. The award is for service to AACE.

Jarnagan is the principal project manager for Hatch Mott MacDonald's contract with WSDOT on the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement in Seattle.

He has managed major capital projects for over 30 years. He has supervised and trained project controls staff, worked within integrated teams and managed project controls on a $1.7 billion technology project, and a number of large rail and highway programs. He was president of AACE International, and became a fellow in 2005.

AACE is a project management and controls association with over 9,000 members.

SMPS announces 2015 Reign winners

SMPS Seattle announced winners of the 2015 Reign Awards, which recognize marketers in architecture, engineering and construction.

Here they are:

Best one-time marketing piece: “Kindness Sticks, Pay It Forward” video — DCI Engineers

Best marketing collateral: Open house event — Howard S. Wright

Best digital media campaign: “BLG” blogging campaign — SRG Partnership

Best brand experience: New home program — Howard S. Wright

Judge's choice award: “Shooting for Five” video — Sellen Construction

People's choice award: Company rebranding — Stantec

Marketer of the year: Melanie Cochrun, GLY Construction

Rising star: Crystal Sackman, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants

Member of the year: Amanda Erickson, Sellen Construction

President's award: Heidi Maki, Swenson Say Faget

SAF gets grant for City Stories

Seattle Architecture Foundation received a $12,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant for City Stories, which uses digital storytelling and design activities to help young people share ideas for creating walkable communities.

SAF developed the program with Feet First, a nonprofit that advocates for walkable neighborhoods.

The first session will be offered at the Parks Academy of Learning, a summer program at Washington Middle School managed by Seattle Parks and Recreation. Through walks and workshops, students will explore urban planning and build skills with online design tools.

Particpants will develop ideas for the Central District and share them with civic leaders who are gathering feedback about the 2035 Comprehensive Plan update.

The pilot will be offered in more Seattle neighborhoods this fall. To learn more, contact Aletheia Wittman at aletheia@seattlearchitecture.org or at (206) 667-9184.

Triad celebrating 40th anniversary

Woodinville-based Triad is celebrating its 40th year in business.

The firm provides site design, civil engineering, surveying, land use planning and landscape architecture, with projects at Pike Place Market, University of Washington and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, as well as housing, mixed-use, office, commercial and medical facilities.

Triad recently rebranded and moved its headquarters. The office is at 20300 Woodinville Snohomish Road N.E., Suite A.

Survey: landscape architects booming

Business is booming for landscape architecture firms, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects' quarterly survey.

Firm leaders reported significantly higher levels of billable hours, hiring and inquiries for new work during the first quarter.

More than 80 percent of firms reported stable to significantly higher billable hours, up from nearly 75 percent from the previous quarter.

Similarly, 85 percent reported stable to significantly higher inquiries for new work, up from nearly 77 percent in the previous quarter.

McMillen Jacobs wins hydro award

The National Hydropower Association named McMillen Jacobs Associates an Outstanding Steward of America's Waters for the Blue Lake Hydroelectric expansion.

The project in Sitka, Alaska, raised Blue Lake Dam by 83 feet to produce 33 percent more power using the same water, McMillen Jacobs said in a news release.

The firm, the city of Sitka and Barnard Construction Co. did a public education campaign about the benefits of the project, which was the largest public works project is Sitka's history.

McMillen Jacobs is a Boise-based environmental engineering and construction firm.

‘The Rich Life' tour on Capitol Hill

Seattle Architecture Foundation is offering a tour at 10 a.m. July 11 of the Harvard Belmont District.

“The Rich Life on Capitol Hill” explores the landmark district's early 20th century architecture. The two-hour tour begins at the driveway of Merrill Court Townhouses at 901 Harvard Ave. E.

Tickets are $15 in advance. Register at tiny.cc/z84pxx/.

June 17, 2015

DPD eyes changes for 35th Avenue N.E.

Seattle Department of Planning and Development is considering zoning changes to neighborhood business districts along 35th Avenue Northeast, at 65th, 75th, 85th and 95th streets, to provide more opportunities for retail goods and services.

According to the dpdINFO newsletter, this could involve changing some areas zoned for low rise development to neighborhood commercial, increasing the height allowed in existing neighborhood commercial zones from 30 feet to 40 feet, and designating the business districts at 65th and 95th streets as pedestrian zones.

DPD will hold an open house on the issue at 5:30 p.m. June 24 at Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. N.E. For more information, contact Ryan Moore at (206) 233-2537 or at ryan.moore@seattle.gov.

Learn about LED technology June 25

AIA Seattle will offer a class in LED technology at 9 a.m. June 25 at 1911 First Ave. in Seattle.

In the class, Candela will discuss how LEDs are being used, and LED trends in the built environment.

Cost is $10 for members and $40 for non-members, and includes snacks. Register at tiny.cc/s0waxx/.

The class is part of AIA Seattle's Corporate Allied Partner Collaboration Series.

Leo Dean Williams gets preservation award


Portland planner Leo Dean Williams won the 2015 George McMath Historic Preservation Award.

This is the seventh year the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts has given the award to a person who has raised awareness and advocacy for historic preservation in Oregon.

Williams is an urban design architect who for nearly 30 years was part of a team of civic leaders who created, expanded and implemented Portland's historic preservation program. He was lead staff member to the Portland Historic Landmarks Commission from 1968 to 1996, and is credited for reinstituting urban rail in Portland.

The A&AA school said he helped create the Urban Conservation Fund, which assisted in restoring many of Portland's iconic landmarks. Williams also oversaw formation of Portland's first two downtown historic districts and championed the state's model 1975 property tax abatement program for buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tour UW campus June 27 with SAF

Seattle Architecture Foundation will offer a tour of the University of Washington campus at 11:30 a.m. June 27.

The two-hour tour will look at the UW's first 150 years. The UW's 16th president, Henry Suzzallo, called on the state to create a “university of a thousand years.”

Gothic, Renaissance and Beaux Arts buildings are part of the tour, as well as quads and gardens.

It begins at the War Memorial flagpole on Memorial Way Northeast, between Parrington and Kane halls.

Cost is $15 in advance. Register at tiny.cc/1yq1wx/.

YGH gets two higher education projects

Portland firm Yost Grube Hall Architecture said it won design work on two higher education projects in the Northwest.

It is designing a 20,000-square-foot interior renovation that integrates the culinary arts program at Clark College in Vancouver with the existing dining facility. There will be updated kitchens, a bakery and culinary educational and food serving areas. Operations of the program are closed for curriculum revisions.

YGH is also working on a conceptual design study for McNary Residence Hall at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. The project involves reconfiguring existing dining areas to create culinary instruction spaces and other hands-on learning space to support student health and wellness programs.

McNary Hall is a Health & Well-Being themed Living-Learning Community, which OSU describes as a space for students to connect with other students who are excited about health and science.

UO's Lorraine Davis ASLA honorary member

The American Society of Landscape Architects named Lorraine Davis of the University of Oregon a 2015 honorary member.

Davis is special assistant to the UO president and provost. ASLA said that for the last 25 years she has been a “remarkable participant” in the accreditation process for landscape architecture programs.

She has been an academic administrator for the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board's Roster of Visiting Evaluators, a pool of landscape architecture educators and practitioners and academic administrators that visit schools to evaluate their landscape architectural programs. ASLA said Davis distinguished herself during those visits with her preparation and knowledge and appreciation of the landscape architecture profession.

“Landscape architecture education is better because of Lorraine Davis,” reads one letter nominating her as an honorary member.

Studio SC celebrates 10th anniversary

Seattle-based graphic design firm Studio SC is celebrating 10 years of designing environmental graphics and wayfinding programs.

The company was founded in 2005 by Mark Sanders and Billy Chen.

It is working on environmental graphics for the Allen Institute for Brain Science headquarters in Seattle. Also, the firm is doing wayfinding graphics for Weyerhauser's new headquarters in Seattle and for Stanford University's Redwood City campus in California.

Its work has been featured in Communication Arts, SEGD Magazine, HOW Design and Print Magazine.

Studio SC is at 401 Second Ave. S., Suite 205.

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