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September 28, 2022

13 local projects are winners of AIA WA Civic Design Awards

Photo by Ed Sozinho [enlarge]
EHDD Architecture’s Juanita Beach Park Bathhouse won an Honor Award.

The AIA Washington Council hosted its 2022 Civic Design Awards at Graypants Studio in Seattle last week. These awards recognize and celebrate design excellence in publicly funded projects in Washington state from the last two years.

A total of 13 projects were recognized. Two received Honor Awards, the top prize; four were recognized with a Merit Award; three got Citation Awards; and four received an Honorable Mention.

Mahlum Architects' Alma Clark Glass Hall and EHDD Architecture's Juanita Beach Park Bathhouse took home the top awards of the evening. The 117,340-square-foot Alma Clark Glass Hall is an inclusive residential community at Western Washington University. The multistate jury praised the project “for its solution to a challenging site, its beautiful, warm timber interiors and simple exterior as well as its commitment to accessibility, diversity, equity, inclusion and sustainability.”

Photo by Benjamin Benschneider [enlarge]
Mahlum Architects’ Alma Clark Glass Hall was the other Honor Award winner.

The much smaller 4,870-square-foot Juanita Beach Park Bathhouse also utilizes warm wood and simple materials to bring new life to the busiest waterfront park in the Kirkland Parks and Community Services park system. Juror Janet Tam noted how the project had a “beautiful-wonderful use of materials particularly CLT, creating space between structures and iconic shapes and forms.”

The bathhouse project, developed by Kirkland Parks and Community Services, replaced an existing building constructed in 1960. The design-team looked to the site's rich logging and shingle mill history to inspire and inform the building and pavilions. Tam continued, “(The) rhythm of the repetitive forms is very simple but artistic and human scaled; seems to really have responded to the community and users.”

The other winners were:


Project: International Arrivals Facility at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Owner: Port of Seattle

Architect: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

Location: Seattle

Project: The HIVE

Owner: Spokane Public Library/Spokane Public Schools

Architect: Integrus Architecture

Location: Spokane

Project: Wing Luke Elementary School

Owner: Seattle Public Schools

Architect: NAC Architecture

Location: Seattle

Project: Parrington Hall

Owner: University of Washington

Architect: Integrus Architecture

Location: Seattle


Project: John Lewis Memorial Bridge

Owner: City of Seattle

Architect: VIA–A Perkins Eastman Studio

Location: Seattle

Project: W.W. Seymour Conservatory

Owner: Metro Parks Tacoma

Architect: SHKS Architects

Location: Tacoma

Project: Spokane Community College Main Building renovation and addition

Owner: Community Colleges of Spokane

Architect: NAC Architecture

Location: Spokane


Project: The Quarry

Owner: Spokane Conservation District

Architect: Integrus Architecture

Location: Spokane Valley

Project: Highline High School

Owner: Highline Public Schools

Architect: Bassetti Architects

Location: Burien

Project: Bertha Pitts Campbell Place

Owner: Plymouth Housing

Architect: SMR Architects

Location: Seattle

Project: Tukwila Fire Station 51

Owner: City of Tukwila, Public Works Department

Architect: Weinstein A+U

Location: Tukwila

The awards were the first in-person civil awards program to be held since 2019 and were combined with the Northwest and Pacific AIA Honors and Awards Program.

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