December 6, 2017
Stefanie Barrera Aguila, a master of architecture graduate student at the University of Washington, won a $2,000 scholarship from the American Institute of Architects Southwest Washington chapter.
The chapter also awarded renewal scholarships of $500 to past recipients who continue to pursue an architecture career: Luis Servin of Washington State University, Isabella Boyd and Savek Butorac of the University of Washington, and William Marsh and Mary Grace Lewis of the University of Notre Dame.
Scholarships and renewals are funded by the biennial AIASWW Luxuries of Life Auction and a yearly $1,000 grant from AIA National.
The Seattle Department of Transportation will offer a free program titled “Navigating Seattle Traffic Without Losing Your Mind” at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave.
The program is being presented in conjunction with TransitCenter, a New York-based foundation dedicated to urban mobility. It will look at pricing lessons from other global cities, Seattle's transportation challenges and new mobility options for the Emerald City.
Speakers are Shefali Ranganathan, deputy mayor of Seattle; Bruce Schaller, former deputy commissioner for traffic and planning, New York City Department of Transportation; and Amanda Eaken, director, transportation and climate, National Resources Defense Council.
Register at http://tiny.cc/ymj6oy/.
Go to http://www.newmobilityseattle.info to see SDOT's New Mobility Playbook, a set of strategies for shaping the future of transportation in a way the agency said puts people first.
AIA Seattle will offer a program on sustainable design from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Dec. 14 at 1010 Western Ave. in Seattle.
Cost is $90 for members and $170 for non-members, and includes lunch. Register at http://tiny.cc/vjd7oy/.
The event is part of the Corporate Allied Partners Collaboration Educational Series.
Elliott Bay Design Group designed a new river class vehicle ferry for the North Carolina Department of Transportation Ferry Division that will be built at Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, Louisiana.
The vessel is due to be delivered by March 1, 2019.
In a press release, Ferry Division Director Harold Thomas said, “This is a great first step in phasing out our smaller boats and replacing them with larger ones. Eventually it will allow us to increase our capacity with the same number of scheduled trips.”
The ferry will be 183 feet long and have room for 38 regular-sized vehicles, replacing the 22-year-old M/V Thomas A. Baum ferry. It will be the division's first new car ferry since the M/V Sea Level, christened in 2012 and also designed by EBDG.
The International Interior Design Association and Architex on Jan. 31 will present a course on the fundamentals of noise, and how to fix noise problems in workplaces.
The program is from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Legacy Group Workspace at 1001 Western Ave. in Seattle. It covers the nature of sound waves, their properties and perception, and the adverse effects of noise in the workplace.
The event is free, and includes lunch. R.S.V.P. to email@example.com.
November 29, 2017
AIA Seattle will hold a forum titled “Resilience Thinking: Places, Spaces, Communities” from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 11 at Impact Hub Seattle at 220 Second Ave. S.
Keynote speakers are Nikos A. Salingaros, an urbanist, architectural theorist and professor of mathematics at the University of Texas at San Antonio; and Barbara Swift, founder of Seattle-based Swift Co. landscape architecture firm.
Other speakers are Jessica Finn Coven of the city of Seattle, Katherine Idziorek of the University of Washington, Ray Lucchessi of Regenesis, Steve Moddemeyer of CollinsWoerman, Kelly McGourty of Puget Sound Regional Council, Kirk R. Pawlowski of Educational Service District 112 - Construction Services Group, and Phyllis Shulman and Tye Ferrell of Resilience Collaborative NW.
Cost is $238 for members and $426 for non-members. Register at http://tiny.cc/990noy/.
Internationally known landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson will give a lecture titled “Shaping Earth” at 6 p.m. Dec. 17 at Vashon Center for the Arts at 19600 Vashon Highway S.W. on Vashon Island.
The Vashon Island resident co-founded GGN in Seattle and GP+B in London. She has done projects in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, North America and Southeast Asia.
Her designs include the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain in London.
She is an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architecture, a medalist of the French Academy of Architecture and a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Tickets are $20 at http://www.vashoncenterforthearts.org. The lecture is part of the December Arts and Humanities Series.
Portland multi-disciplinary design firm Mayer/Reed is recognizing two anniversaries this year — a 30th and a 40th.
In a press release, the firm said it was established by Michael Reed in 1977 as a visual communications and product design studio. He formed a partnership 10 years later with Carol Mayer-Reed, who added landscape architecture and urban design.
Principals Kathy Fry and Jeramie Shane were added more recently to the studio, which has a staff of 28.
Mayer/Reed is celebrating the anniversaries with a photo exhibit titled, “Beyond Opening Day.” It examines how projects take on a life of their own through character-defining features that are captured by people who occupy the places.
Terrane Land Surveying said it is offering settlement monitoring services that track settlement and deflection during new construction and renovation projects.
It said projects that require demolishing structures, excavation, driving piles and operating heavy equipment can impact nearby buildings and other permanent structures. The firm said the new services help teams in real time to meet local guidelines while avoiding unnecessary delays.
Terrane provides residential, commercial and land use surveying, settlement monitoring services and construction staking.
Registration is now open for the 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference Jan. 20-24 at Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.
The conference will focus on the latest topics in the building industry, through a technical program with more than 200 presentations and 300 speakers. It will also include tours, social events and a keynote message from Debbie Sterling, founder and CEO of GoldieBlox.
ASHRAE Learning Institute will offer two full-day, and five half-day seminars during the conference.
Register at http://tiny.cc/m9ynny/.
HDR has a new 28,000-square-foot office at Two California Plaza in the Bunker Hill District of downtown Los Angeles.
Managing Principal Usman Tariq is leading HDR's architecture studio in LA. Tariq has been with the firm for eight years, most recently as associate managing principal of the Washington, D.C., studio.
HDR said its projects include Link Union Station and the Emergency Security Operations Center.
Kip Field, the southern California area manager, is leading the LA engineering practice, which is working on highway and transit projects in Los Angeles County.
HDR provides engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services.
November 22, 2017
Glen Allen, Virginia-based Schnabel opened an office in Seattle at 4700 42nd Ave. S.W., Suite 570, to do ongoing dam safety work for several hydropower licensees in the Northwest and Alaska.
The geotechnical and civil engineering firm said it expects to get more work from those clients and go after other projects in the area.
The Seattle office will be headed by engineers Alex Rutledge and Robert Indri, who both have been with Schnabel's Greensboro, N.C., office for more than 10 years.
The office will provide dam and levee, geotechnical, and geostructural engineering services, supported by other employees at the firm. Schnabel said it plans to increase staff here over the next year. The telephone number is (206) 573-5190.
This is the 20th office for Schnabel, which has over 300 employees.
The Washington chapter of the American Public Works Association announced its incoming 2018 officers and board of directors.
The officers are president, Scott Egger of the city of Lacey; vice-president, Lorelei Williams of the city of Seattle; secretary, Donald Huling of HWA GeoSciences; treasurer, Scott Sawyer of SCJ Alliance; and past president, Debbie Sullivan of the city of Olympia.
The board of directors is Jeff Brauns of the city of Newcastle, Josh Mattson of the city of Ellensburg, Lauren Loebsack of Link Transit, Patrick Skillings of Skillings Connolly, Dan Ford of the city of Pasco, Erik Martin of Lewis County, Janice Fahning of Snohomish County and Jesse Thomsen of Perteet.
Seattle is seeking candidates to fill 15 upcoming openings on design review boards, which evaluate new buildings based on citywide and neighborhood guidelines.
The volunteer positions will start April 4.
The boards review mixed-use, multifamily and commercial projects. Openings are on the Southwest, Southeast, East, Downtown, Northeast, Northwest and West boards.
To download an application, go to http://tiny.cc/o00noy/. Send it with a cover letter and resume by Dec. 15 to Lisa Rutzick at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Lisa Rutzick, Design Review Program Manager, Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, 700 Fifth Ave., Suite 1800, P.O. Box 34019, Seattle, Washington 98124-4019. Rutzick is at (206) 386-9049.
November 15, 2017
The Seattle chapters of the AIA and Society for Marketing Professional Services will present a panel discussion Dec. 6 on “Boom Times and Industry Evolution.”
The event is from 4 to 6 p.m. at 1010 Western Ave. in Seattle. It will focus on marketing and business development in the future, and preparing for the rapidly evolving construction environment, with observations from AIA and SMPS fellows.
Speakers are Brodie Bain of Perkins + Will, Karleen Belmont of Pace Engineers, Susan Jones of atelierjones, Bill Strong of Bill Strong Consulting, Carla Thompson of Core States Group and Ron van der Veen of NAC Architecture. The moderator is Ted Sive of Ted Sive Consulting.
Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for non-members. Register at http://tiny.cc/xremoy/.
AIA Seattle will hold a program titled “Get In-Get Out: Circulation Design for Graceful Access and Egress” from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 1 in Bertha Knight Landes Room of Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave.
Speakers are Duane Jonlin of the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections, Eduardo Signorelli of Code Unlimited and Seattle-based accessibility consultant Karen Braitmayer.
Cost is $114 for members and $208 for non-members. Register at http://tiny.cc/2zgmoy/.
The program is part of the Code Evolutions series.
Doug Smith, director of engineering at Meng Analysis, will talk about safety programs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Crowne Plaza Seattle at 1113 Sixth Ave. The Seattle chapter of the Society for Design Administration is presenting the dinner program.
Smith has 30 years of experience in design, construction and operations, and knows the value of safety programs to companies, clients and staff.
Topics include driver and job site safety, along with liability limits and the obligations of licensed professionals.
The monthly chapter meeting will follow Smith's presentation.
Cost is $35 for members, $40 for member firms and $50 for non-members. Register at http://tiny.cc/rkwqoy/.
Seattle wants to fill two upcoming vacancies on the design commission, for an architect and an engineer to start in March.
The commission advises city officials on the design of city-funded capital projects or projects that impact city rights of way. It also advises the mayor, city council and city departments on projects or policies that impact the public realm. Commissioners are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the city council.
To be considered, send a letter of interest and resume by Dec. 1 to Mayor Burgess c/o: Michael Jenkins, Executive Director, Seattle Design Commission, Office of Planning and Community Development, 600 Fourth Ave., 5th Floor, P.O. Box 94788, Seattle, WA 98124 7088.
ACEC Washington is requesting nominations until Dec. 1 for the 2018 Engineer of the Year.
You must be a member to submit nominations. For more information, go to http://acec-wa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Engineer-of-the-Year-RFN-2018.pdf.
Send the nominations to ACEC Washington, Attn: Engineer of the Year Selection Committee, 1621 114th Ave. S.E., Suite 115, Bellevue, WA 98004, or to Linda Roux, email@example.com.
The Engineer of the Year will be announced Jan. 19 at the ACEC Washington Engineering Excellence Awards Banquet.
On Dec. 2, the Mount Baker Community Club will offer a tour of some of the neighborhood's historic and contemporary houses and a church, along with an Art & Craft Fair at its clubhouse.
The tour, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is of six houses built between 1910-2009 and a 1925 Italian Romanesque church. It begins and ends at the Mount Baker Community Clubhouse at 2811 Mount Rainier Drive S., which was designed by Charles Dose in the rustic Craftsman style typical of the 1910s. Tickets are $35 in advance, or $40 the day of the event and include free shuttle service, refreshments and the craft fair. Buy them at http://tiny.cc/2ufmoy/.
November 8, 2017
Landau Associates has relocated its offices in downtown Seattle and Portland.
The Seattle office is at the Financial Center at 1215 Fourth Ave., Suite 1215. The Portland office is at Crown Plaza at 1500 S.W. First Ave., Suite 1015. Telephone and email contacts remain the same.
Landau provides environmental site management and engineering, geotechnical engineering, and permitting and compliance services for site and infrastructure development.