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09.29.2014 Mithun, Press Releases, Noteworthy,

It is an icon of camp adventure, environmental stewardship and building innovation. It is more than just a Treehouse—it is an immersive experience.

sustainability treehouse

Located in the forest of Summit Bechtel Reserve, the Sustainability Treehouse was built for the Boys Scouts of America’s annual jamboree, serving as a place for environmental education while capturing the imagination of childhood exploration.

“We designed the Treehouse to provide visitors with tangible lessons of sustainable design that would inform their future actions and leave them with a strong connection to this amazing place,” says project designer Brendan Connolly, a partner at Mithun.

Recently, Green Building and Design Magazine featured our project and they describe, in-depth, how the Boys Scouts have “upheld a ‘leave no trace’ ethic on backcountry campouts.” With specific program requirements leave the forest undisturbed, the Treehouse is on target for meeting the Living Building Challenge and was honored with the AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project Award.


09.08.2014 Mithun, Thought Bursts,

ARCHITECT Magazine ranked Mithun at 15 among the Top 50 Design Firms for 2014.

ARCHITECT 50 named Mithun as one of the top 20 best design firms in the nation. With an overall firm ranking of 46, Mithun was credited with a collection of work that represents an “optimistic” and “positive” approach to architecture. Rankings are based on factors including net revenue, awards, design, research and sustainability. Our Chairman and CEO, Bert Gregory commented on what it means to the firm to make this list, “[it] reflects the commitment of our clients to be stewards of the broader community and the natural world in which we live.”


09.04.2014 Mithun, Thought Bursts, Noteworthy,

As part of the larger Seattle Design Festival, Mithun is proud to partner with SocialScale this year to create two dynamic, interactive parklets.

Hosted by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), and the American Society of Landscape Architects, Washington Chapter (WASLA), PARK(ing) DAY is an annual event where organizations turn metered parking spaces into temporary pop-up public park installations.

Originally conceived in 2005 by Rebar in San Francisco, it is recognized today as a global movement. In 2013, SDOT approved 45 park installations throughout the city of Seattle and now, with close to 1,000 parks in more than 35 countries, PARK(ing) DAY is helping raise awareness about important issues like creating walkable, livable and healthier cities world-wide.

This year, for one day only, Mithun will partner with our friends at SocialScale to transform TWO adjacent parking spots at the Spring Street intersection of Alaskan Way into a uniquely engaging public urban design that represents the intersection of “Work + Play” along Seattle’s rapidly evolving waterfront.

Come experience the Mithun + SocialScale parklets on September 19th from 9:00am-3:00pm, as well as other events across downtown Seattle.


08.15.2014 Mithun, Thought Bursts, Noteworthy,

The 2014 Seattle Design Festival (SDF2014) explores the ways design moves us. From place to place, frame to frame, present to future—design is the vehicle of innovation.

Mithun SDF2014

Experience Design in Motion as SDF2014 brings together citizens, leaders and experts to celebrate the ways design makes life better.

Presented by AIA Seattle and Design In Public, and in collaboration with dozens of community organizations, SDF2014 (September 5-19) supports community design discovery.

Join Mithun as we participate in talks, exhibitions, installations and workshops as our region’s wealth of innovative individuals in architectural, interior, graphic, industrial, digital and urban design come together to exchange ideas.


08.01.2014 Mithun, Press Releases,

Student housing has come a long way from the dorms we remember – today’s facilities are integrated student-life communities with superior academic and recreational amenities.

UCI Mesa Court Expansion

With a surge in graduating high school students wanting to attend out-of-state, high-ranking universities, the pressure has intensified for institutions to offer outstanding and amenity-rich housing as part of the campus experience. This next wave of student housing design reflects an increasing focus on social interaction, student health and diverse choices to deliver a holistic live-learn community. The University of California, Irvine’s innovative housing expansion for Mesa Court exemplifies how campus development is moving away from the historically self-contained dormitory model and adopting this new approach.

Bill LaPatra, a project director for some of our more complex urban sites and campuses, was recently interviewed by the online commercial real estate journal to explain this demand and change in perception within student life and housing:

Read more about the project here >>

UCI’s Mesa Court is just one example of how many universities are beginning to adopt this new approach to campus development. As the demand for healthy and connected design continues to rise, universities all over the country are planning more complex, integrated campuses and ultimately redefining student life.

The Sustainability Treehouse Honored as 2014 AIA COTE Top Ten Project

04.22.2014 Mithun, Awards, Project Updates,

The AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) has recognized the Sustainability Treehouse with a Top Ten Green Project award. Now in its 18th year, the awards program seeks to recognize projects and innovations in high performance, sustainable design. Jury members commented that the Treehouse “exhibits a very exuberant and expressive design while being contextual and respectful of the site.”

Towering 125-feet above grade and on target for Living Building certification, the Treehouse is a testament to the power of integrated design. Mithun led the collaborative, multi-disciplinary design process to achieve an immersive learning center for the Boy Scouts of America within the forest at Summit Bechtel Reserve. Visitors ascend indoor and outdoor platforms to experience the forest from multiple vantages and engage with exhibits that explore the site and ecosystem at the levels of ground, tree canopy and sky. Innovative green building systems—including a 6,450-watt photovoltaic array output, two 4,000-watt wind turbines, and a 1,000-gallon cistern and water cleansing system—combine to yield an inspirational facility that celebrates the wonder of childhood exploration and blazes new trails with net-zero energy and water performance.

Key project collaborators included Trinity Works (Summit developer), BNIM (executive architect/architect of record) and Volume, Inc./Studio Terpeluk (exhibit design).

The Sustainability Treehouse is Mithun’s fifth AIA COTE Top Ten Project. Past honorees include IslandWood, Lloyd Crossing Sustainable Urban Design REI Seattle Flagship Store and REI Denver Flagship Store, .

For more details, visit


Seattle DJC: Spectrum Breaks Ground on Anthem on 12th

03.18.2014 Mithun,

Spectrum Development Solutions and Gracorp Capital Advisors started construction on Anthem on 12th, the first private project in the revitalization of Yesler Terrace. Mithun designed the new 120-unit multifamily apartment building with the goal of redefining healthy, affordable and sustainable living in Seattle. Twenty percent of the units will be rented to people making less than 50 percent of area median income. Yesler Terrace is a dynamic neighborhood that has access to transit, is near the major medical centers on First Hill and within walking distance of downtown, Pioneer Square and Capitol Hill. The project name is in honor of Jimi Hendrix’s version of the Star-Spangled Banner, and a tribute to the history of Yesler Terrace and past residents like Hendrix and former Governor Gary Locke.

“…the arrival this year of Seattle Streetcar’s First Hill line, which runs along 12th Avenue and stops two blocks west of Yesler Way, makes Anthem a prime transit-oriented development opportunity.” said Spectrum Principal Jake McKinstry.

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