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October 20, 1999

Design Detailings: Sites proposed for Beacon Hill library

The Seattle Public Library board of trustees will narrow its list of sites for the new Beacon Hill library at a meeting scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at the Lee Auditorium of the Central Library, located on 1000 Fourth Ave.

The meeting will include an overview of the siting process for the new library and possible locations for the new library. Following public comment and discussion, the board is expected to identify two or three alternatives.

Library staff will then begin property negotiations for these sites. After the negotiations are complete, which library officials say could take several months, the board will make a final siting decision.

The new 10,000 square-foot, $4.7 million library is scheduled to open in 2001.

Seminar on seismic design in Seattle

The Portland Cement Association is holding a one-day seminar on the design of concrete buildings for earthquake and wind forces based on the 1997 Uniform Building Code.

The seminar will take place at the Hilton in Seattle on Wednesday, Oct. 27. Featured speakers will be David Fanella and Javeed Munshi of the Portland Cement Association and S.K. Ghosh of S.K. Ghosh Associates.

Participants will also hear information about seismic detailing requirements for buildings located in regions of low, moderate and high seismic activity. For more information, visit the web site.

Symposium coming up on urban housing

Architecture, engineering and construction groups are sponsoring an event that will present state-of-the-art design and construction methods for building urban structures, both large and small, in the Northwest.

The symposium, which begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m., will be held Monday, Nov. 8 at the Seattle Center. The registration cost is $165, which includes the cost of all-day parking and lunch.

Projects that will be discussed include the Concord Condominiums in Seattle, which are designed to be high-tech; Riverstone, an urban redevelopment project in Portland; Westlake Tower, a building designed to maximize a small site; and a row house in Portland that was built to suppress outside noise.

Payment should be made to the Association of General Contractors of Washington Education Foundation. For more information, call (206) 284-4500.

UW hosts project management 'boot camp'

The continuing education program of the University of Washington's College of Architecture and Urban Planning is hosting an all-day project management boot camp for architects and construction managers.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the College Club on 505 Madison Ave. in Seattle. The fee for the workshop is $300, which includes tuition, handouts and refreshments.

The seminar, which is designed to be interactive, will cover project planning, scheduling, budgeting and control.

Michael D'Allesandro, project manager for the Parsons Infrastructure and Technology Group, is the instructor.

For more information, call Lyn Firkins at (206) 685-8222.

Trends in company ownership discussed

Shiv Batra of Inca Engineers and Gary Bleeker of HDR Engineering will discuss the ownership history of their firms in a climate of buyouts and mergers. The dinner talk will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the Rock Salt Restaurant in Seattle. The program is sponsored by the American Society for Engineering Management.

Seattle Aquarium exhibit wins awards

The Seattle Aquarium received two awards from the American Zoo and Aquarium Association for its newest exhibit, "Sound to Mountains: A Watershed Journey."

The $1.4 million exhibit immerses visitors in the wonders of a watershed -- leading them upstream from the salt water of Puget Sound to the headwaters of a misty waterfall cascading 20-feet into a river otter pool.

One award won by the Seattle aquarium, the Significant Achievement Exhibit Award, was presented by the association for the facility's dedication to conservation issues, construction of exhibit space and for replication of natural habitats.

The aquarium also received the Munson Aquatic Conservation Exhibitry Award for its educational efforts.

The Sound to Mountains exhibit design and construction team included HOK Studio 3, BIOS, Leajak Construction, Modern Digital, Rocket Construction, Pacific Studios and Mark Lembersky Photography.

The exhibit is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

UW names Dubrow to new position

The University of Washington's College of Architecture and Urban Planning has appointed Gail Dubrow as associate dean for research and computing, a new position.

Dubrow, an associate professor of architecture, urban design and planning at the UW, has been member since 1996 of the Seattle Design Commission, which reviews capital projects for the city.

She began her new academic appointment Sept. 1 for a three-year term.

SMPS chapter appoints new board

The Society for Marketing Professional Services, a national marketing organization for the architectural, engineering and construction industry, has appointed its Seattle chapter board of directors for the new fiscal year.

The 1999-2000 board of directors includes president Jan Flesher, director of marketing for CDi Mechanical Engineers; president-elect Littleton Dudley, business development manager for Poe Construction; and vice president of programs Kimberly Hinckley, business development/communications manager for Berger/ABAM Engineers.

Huntley moves

Huntley Architecture, formerly known as the firm of Scott A. Huntley, has changed its name and moved to a new office in the Securities Building, 1904 Third Ave., Suite 405, in Seattle. The new telephone number is (206) 624-2900.

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