Research and biotechnology: Science buildings are for scientists
Washington has a growing research and biotechnology industry, and local architects who wish to serve this growing industry will need to learn from the scientists themselves, understanding their goals, and experience their frustrations with facilities that do not work.
Big Russian and Far East market is not just for big design firms
With the rapid pace of resource development in the Russian Far East, the giant oil, mining and engineering/construction companies are preparing to cash in on the region's emerging wealth.
What now? Engineers tackle tough ethical dilemmas online
The following story is true, but the names have been changed for the new "Ethics in Professional Practice Case-of-the-Month Program," now on the Internet.
International Boulevard takes state Route 99 back to the future
Pacific Highway South, today's state Route 99, used to be the main highway connecting Seattle, Tacoma and Everett -- reflecting the character of every community along its route.
On bringing neighbors together: Fremont, Quadrant: common ground
Fremont has stayed true to its turn-of-the-century beginnings as a mill town with only tenuous connections to downtown Seattle. It's definitely not the typical corporate environment. But this didn't stop Quadrant from securing a 20-acre site in Fremont more than a decade ago.
Creative responses in changing water utility industry
Many of our water utilities are old and need to be repaired or replaced to meet stringent regulatory requirements. Finding creative solutions to these problems will be critical in the coming years.
Market changes bring bright future for lighting designers
When Miller and Associates first started their business in Seattle 14 years ago, visits to architects might end with an incredulous "You expect to make a living here doing what? Well, good luck." But today, the local market is quite different.
Form follows function... or the store dies
There is a distinct science to retail and a science to shopping. These sciences must serve as the foundation for store design and construction for retail stores to remain competitive.
The new workplace and the technology model
At first glance, the rise in telecommuters might seem a bad omen for office designers. But one local firm doesn't think technology will affect companies' needs for a coherent, well-designed office.
Building a sense of community: Town center projects
Changes in the lifestyles of today's urbanite have demanded a new kind of urban planning and development: town center projects.