A council committee recently approved an expansion to the Seattle Aquarium in addition to other projects aimed to improve the Seattle waterfront. Mithun has done a conceptual planning study for the aquarium that would almost double its size and could increase the number of visitors from 800,000 to 1.5 million. According to the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, it will add 70,000 square feet, including a 35,000 square foot wing south of Pier 59.
Seattle Goodwill Industries’ new 49,562 square foot building will be introduced to the public with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 1. Mithun designed the new job training and education center and administrative support services building with a goal to enhance Goodwill’s capacity to better serve the community.
Visit Goodwill’s website for more information about the opening ceremony and to find out how you can give back to your community.
- Seattle Goodwill: Come to the Goodwill Ribbon Cutting and Open House
Brightwater Center was recently featured in the spring edition of EcoStructure Magazine. The article highlights the sustainable features of the recently certified LEED Platinum building and discusses how the public can benefit from learning about wastewater treatment. Mithun Chairman and CEO, Bert Gregory, FAIA, credits King County for engaging local students and the community in the process:
“King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division is a very progressive entity and recognizes that it’s important to educate residents on the watershed and treatment systems, as well as the protection of the Puget Sound and coastal ecology.”
To read more about Brightwater Center in EcoStructure’s digital publication, visit www.ecobuildingpulse.com.
Mithun’s focus on health in the redevelopment master plan and urban design for the Denver Housing Authority’s (DHA) Mariposa redevelopment was recently featured in an article published by the New York Times. The plan is spearheading the movement for “design for health” and evidence-based design by incorporating a Health Impact Assessment (HIA), design strategies, and implementation recommendations that improve resident health through the neighborhood redevelopment.
In the article, Erin Christensen, Associate Principal, points to Mithun’s work on the High Point Community in Seattle as a groundbreaking early example of how design strategies can be linked to health. Because the community suffered from a high-rate of asthma, the team designed 60 Breathe-Easy™ homes that have proven through longitudinal studies to increase resident’s symptom-free days by 61% and reduce emergency room visits by 67%:
“As designers, that was the first that we had really seen a direct relationship shown between the built environment and the health of residents,” said Christensen.
The lessons learned at High Point informed green building standards including the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria. The Mariposa redevelopment takes healthy design beyond the home and considers all aspects of physical, mental, and community well-being in a more comprehensive and holistic approach to neighborhood planning. By integrating a health impact assessment and community engagement early on, the team was able to identify what the community needed most to support healthy lifestyles. Using a public health lens, the best evidence available, and peer review, responsive design and programmatic strategies were incorporated into the project.
In 2012, Mithun helped develop the Mariposa Healthy Living Initiative for DHA to integrate health into every aspect of design, construction, and implementation of the Mariposa development. The Initiative launches campaigns and action plans for DHA to improve specific health goals, including the creation of the Mariposa Healthy Living Toolkit, an implementation guide for practitioners to incorporate health into neighborhood design, redevelopment, and construction.
Mithun was responsible for recommendations to incorporate art in the development to help support diversity and build social cohesion (one of the health determinants). This mural is featured on the recently completed 100-unit Tapiz building, designed by Brad Buchanan, RNL. The mural was designed by a local artist who worked with kids in the neighborhood.
Continue reading the New York Times article about Mithun’s effort to design for health at www.nytimes.com.
Mithun’s new residence halls for the University of Washington – Lander, Maple and Terry – were recently discussed in an article in the Puget Sound Business Journal. The West Campus neighborhood is undergoing major redevelopment to provide housing in response to increased demand by students to live on campus. Lander Hall, now under construction, will house 650 students and will contain the main dining facility for the neighborhood of almost 5,000 students. Terry and Maple Halls will house 1,100 students and create student-focused open spaces on two public pedestrian plazas. Terry Hall is designed to create an activated gateway into the campus and will house the headquarters for UW Housing and Food Services on its first two floors. The ground floor of Maple Hall will include a game center, a group collaborative project center, an art studio and technology lounge. When all are complete – Lander in 2014, Terry and Maple in 2015 – the buildings will provide urban student housing with the vitality and diversity of an urban neighborhood.
“There’s a huge demand for college housing,” said [Bill] LaPatra of Mithun. “We have a tremendous amount of students coming out of the baby boomers – the echo boomers.”
- Puget Sound Business Journal: UW reinvents the dorm in $800M+ housing upgrade
- Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce*: New dorms bring big changes to UW campus
Mariposa, the redevelopment of Denver Housing Authority’s South Lincoln Housing, was chosen as one of four national winners of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2012 National Awards for Smart Growth Achievement in the category of Equitable Development. Mithun’s master plan for Mariposa was cited as an innovative model for its outreach and “community-driven design,” holistic approach to improve resident health, and achievements in sustainable design. The Mariposa transit-oriented, affordable housing project replaces inefficient housing with a vibrant, environmentally and economically sustainable, mixed-income community that revitalizes downtown Denver.
- Mithun: Mariposa Healthy Living Initiative Final Report
- New York Times: Construction That Focuses on Health of Residents
The Westlake children’s play area in downtown Seattle will be introduced to the public Friday, March 1 at 11:30am. The ribbon cutting ceremony will include presentations by: Mayor Mike McGinn; President and CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association, Kate Joncas; Seattle City Councilmember, Sally Bagshaw; and President of Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Dr. Jim Hendricks. Mithun donated time to provide conceptual design services for the new park that will help fill the void of family-friendly play spaces downtown.
- Downtown Seattle.com: Westlake Children’s Play Area Now Open
- Red Tricycle: Just Opened: A Playground in the Heart of Downtown