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San Francisco’s Mission Bay Introduces 1180 4th Street Housing

12.22.2014 Mithun, Press Releases, Project Updates,

Mercy Housing Completes 1180 Fourth Street Affordable Housing Designed by Mithun|Solomon and Kennerly Architecture in San Francisco

New 150-unit Apartment Community Anchors Gateway Corner at Mission Bay

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (December 11, 2014 ) – Mercy Housing California announced today the completion of 1180 Fourth Street, a 150-unit affordable housing community designed by collaborating architects Mithun|Solomon and Kennerly Architecture & Planning.

1180 4th street, san francisco affordable housing

1180 Fourth Street marks the corner of Fourth and Channel Streets as a gateway to San Francisco’s Mission Bay South, a key component of the burgeoning 300-acre Mission Bay community of housing, retail and office space. 1180 Fourth, developed at a cost of approximately $55 million, provides a range of critically-needed affordable housing within this fast-growing neighborhood, and houses 150 low-income, very low income and formerly homeless individuals and families.

“As a prominent gateway to Mission Bay, 1180 Fourth’s setting carries urban design obligations unusual for an affordable housing property,” said Daniel Solomon, a partner at Mithun|Solomon, the San Francisco office of Mithun. “With a vibrant mix of street level uses, and richly articulated architecture, this building holds its own among larger, market-rate neighbors and biotech campuses. 1180 Fourth brings the city’s cosmopolitan diversity to this emerging neighborhood.”

“1180 Fourth Street is the result of a strong collaboration with the City and County of San Francisco and the Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure to bring affordable housing and vibrant commercial activity to Mission Bay,” said Doug Shoemaker, President, Mercy Housing California. “Mercy Housing and Episcopal Community Services, our service provider, welcomes all of our new low income and formerly homeless families into San Francisco’s newest neighborhood and 1180 Fourth Street.”

The six-story community of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments includes 11,000 square feet of retail space lining Fourth Street, anchored by a corner restaurant space, and a community building facing Channel Park that serves the greater neighborhood. Common areas include a rich array of mid-block courtyards and gardens on three levels, along with a teen room, exercise room, two family-day-care units, and supportive services spaces.

Mithun is the executive architect and architect of record for 1180 Fourth, with associated architects Kennerly Architecture & Planning and Full Circle Architects. 1180 Fourth’s design was originated as WRT/Solomon E.T.C. The contractor is James E. Roberts-Obayashi Corp. Property management provided by Mercy Housing Management Group.

Erin Christensen Ishizaki Recognized as One of Urban Land Institute’s 40 Under 40

10.22.2014 Mithun, Awards, Thought Bursts,

Mithun’s Erin Christensen Ishizaki has been recognized by Urban Land Institute (ULI) as one of the world’s top 40 real estate professionals under 40.

ULI’s Urban Land Magazine celebrated this year the most outstanding leaders in the real estate and land use disciplines, including development, design, finance, planning, sustainability, public policy and academia. As an urban designer and architect at Mithun, Erin is a national leader who integrates public health into urban redevelopment and neighborhood planning design. Erin’s leadership has helped catalyze current efforts to promote the value of healthy projects and communities such as the Mariposa - South Lincoln Redevelopment Master Plan. In 2010 Erin contributed to the development of the beta EcoDistricts Assessment Toolkit, a method for understanding existing neighborhood performance, setting targets and developing strategies for neighborhood-scale sustainability. In 2013, she helped create ULI’s 10 Principles for Building Healthy Places.

Learn more about Erin here >>

A Living Treehouse in Rural West Virginia

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.

Mithun Ranks 15 in ARCHITECT Magazine’s Top 50 Design Firms

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 best design firms in the nation. Mithun was credited with a collection of work that represents an “optimistic” and “positive” approach to architecture. Rankings are based on factors including project diversity, design quality, 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.”

Work + Play: Mithun’s PARK(ing) DAY Installation

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.

Mithun Sponsors Seattle Design Festival 2014

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.

Amenities and Options: What Student Housing Looks Like Today

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.

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.