Montana State University’s (MSU) newest residence hall was designed with an emphasis on sustainability and the surrounding mountain landscape. Gallatin Hall encourages sustainable behavior through the building’s design and operation, including natural heating and cooling, daylighting strategies and the use of energy efficient appliances in each room. Mithun’s design also showcase’s MSU’s unique place in the region as a university focused on “Mountains and Minds” by incorporating design details that support outdoor activities and celebrate the surrounding mountain views. The building is on track for LEED Gold and AIA 2030 Challenge compliance.
- Bozeman Daily Chronicle: New Gallatin Hall dorm helps MSU house record number of students
An article by Erin Christensen Ishizaki, Associate Principal at Mithun, was recently featured in Design in Public’s blog as part of the Seattle Design Festival. Each September, Design in Public and AIA Seattle host this event to explore how design improves the quality of our lives. As part of this year’s theme of “design in health,” Christensen Ishizaki explains how data and community feedback can help influence the approach to healthy community design:
“Our health is dramatically affected by our surroundings. We intrinsically know this, and now we have big data to understand the complex systems of our environment in a whole new way. Designers are using this data to find specific solutions and improve our quality of life.” Continue reading
For more information about the Seattle Design Festival, visit www.designinpublic.org.
In an article published by Northwest Asian Weekly, Casey Huang, Associate Principal at Mithun, discussed the sustainable design features of the recently completed Goodwill Job Training and Education Center and the soon-to-be-built Hirabayashi Place. As the number of green buildings continues to increase in the Chinatown International District of Seattle, the public has begun to ask: “what makes them green?” This article provides an overview of the LEED rating system and the Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard (ESDS), and explains how Mithun’s designs meet these standards.
To read the full article in Northwest Asian Weekly, visit www.nwasianweekly.com.
Projects from Mithun’s San Francisco Office, Mithun | Solomon, will be featured in Unbuilt San Francisco – an exhibition that highlights designs and visions for the city that were never built. The show is put on by the Environmental Design Archives, AIA San Francisco, Center for Architecture + Design, California Historical Society, SPUR and the San Francisco Public Library. More information can be found at www.ced.berkeley.edu.
Exhibition Dates and Hour:
September 14 – November 8, 2013
Wednesday – Saturday, 10am – 2pm
University of California, Berkeley
Wurster Hall Gallery
The grand opening ceremony for the Harley and Lela Franco Maritime Center is scheduled for August 27. Mithun designed the 47,980 square foot office on a designated Superfund site on the east channel of the Duwamish Waterway on Harbor Island in Seattle. The project goal was to balance marine industrial function with operational efficiency and to create one of the healthiest, sustainable working waterfronts. The building was designed into two wings linked by bridges at each level around a working atrium in the center of the building. The atrium is open to all levels and topped with a large skylight and operable vents. In addition, an innovative horizontal smoke curtain was installed to allow the atrium to have maximum openness and to avoid having a costly smoke evacuation system. The result is a true working atrium – the first like it on the West Coast.
The project is seeking LEED Gold certification, and was part of a pilot program by Seattle, King County and Washington State to incentivize industrial investment by offering flexibility for construction of new industrial buildings and rehabbing existing ones.
- Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce*: Harley Marine completes new HQ
- Komo News: Sea-centered company goes green with new Seattle Headquarters
The plan for the first private mixed-use apartments in the Yesler Terrace neighborhood redevelopment has received design approval from the City of Seattle and construction is scheduled to begin in early 2014. Mithun designed the six-story building with 120 low-income housing units for residents who make less than 85 percent of the area median income. The developers, Spectrum Development Solutions and Gracorp Capitol Advisors, anticipate that the building will serve teachers, nurses, civil servants and others working in the surrounding area. Jake McKinstry, principal at Spectrum, was recently quoted about the project in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce:
“With all that Seattle has to offer in urban living, housing opportunities for the middle class near the downtown core and major employers are almost nonexistent,” said Jake McKinstry, principal at Spectrum. “This project is intended to serve those who don’t qualify for assisted housing yet can’t afford the new, market-rate housing in downtown, First Hill and Capitol Hill.”
- Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce*: Spectrum/Gracorp gets OK for new apartments at Yesler Terrace site
- Puget Sound Business Journal: First private developer picked for Yesler Terrace redevelopment
Out of 117 design proposals submitted for phase one of the FAR ROC design competition, Mithun was selected as one of six firms to receive an honorable mention. The competition, “For A Resilient Rockaway,” called for innovative strategies for the planning, design and construction of a resilient, sustainable development on an 80-acre site on the Rockaway Peninsula – a site devastated last year by Hurricane Sandy. Firms from more than 20 countries participated in the competition. The full list of finalists and honorable mentions can be found on the project website.