Kovalenko Hale

Practice: Architecture

Founded: 1976

Leadership: Bob Kovalenko, president and founding partner; Bob Hale, partner

"We hope to use our specialty of historic preservation to expand into new project types, including both historic renovation and new construction projects," said Bob Hale of Kovalenko Hale. "We have been selected to design a university academic and housing facility based on our experience, and our goal is to expand our work into a broader spectrum of project types."

According to the principals, the workload remains strong but less pressing than a year or two years ago. The firm has stayed the same size over the years, with a permanent staff of four plus one or more intern, and gross fees for the last two years of about $1 million. Work is spread among universities, non-profits and private clients.

This year's projects include Honors Hall renovation, an adaptive reuse of a 1928 home economics building at Washington State University in Pullman; McCroskey Hall renovation, a restoration of a 1920 dormitory for international programs, also at Pullman; Kamola Hall, restoration of the oldest dormatory at Central Washington University in Ellensburg; Harrison at 15th, a mixed-use residential building on Capitol Hill; and Gallery One, a non-profit art gallery in Ellensburg.

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