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July 29, 2009

Beardmore best adaptive re-use

Photo courtesy of Runberg Architecture Group [enlarge]
Architects Whitehouse and Price were the original designers of the Beardmore Block.

Runberg Architecture Group of Seattle won three Grand Awards, including Best Adaptive Re-use for the Beardmore Block in Priest River, Idaho, at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference.

Brian Runberg designed the renovation of the Beardmore, which his great-grandfather, Charles Beardmore, developed in 1922 for his timber and mining businesses. It’s one of five LEED-gold-certified buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.

More than 95 percent of the original structure remains, and most of what was removed was recycled. The roof now drains to a cistern that provides nonpotable water. Insulation, new light fixtures and photovoltaic cells were added.

Runberg, the project owner, drew on his personal knowledge of the building and recollections of his late grandmother, Vivienne Beardmore McAlexander.

Other team members were Beardmore Co., general contractor; Ecotope, mechanical engineer; KPFF Consulting Engineers, civil; and Boydston Engineering, structural.

Runberg also won Grand Awards for the Borealis Apartments and Eastlake 2851, both in Seattle.