On October 10, Chatham University hosted a “behind the scenes” tour of the construction progress on the new Eden Hall Campus and announced a recent $15 million donation from the Falk Foundation. The largest gift in school history, the money will go toward supporting Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus and its new Falk School of Sustainability and Environment. Designed by Mithun, the site and buildings are planned to express and connect students to the natural flow of water, the orientation of the sun, and all of the systems with which we need to co-exist to achieve a sustainable future. During the event, the project team and faculty led a tour of the first buildings, site features, and infrastructure for what will ultimately be a net positive energy and carbon neutral1,500 person campus community. Phase one of construction is scheduled to be complete in December of this year. Photo credit: Chatham University.
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The American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) Magazine selected Mithun as one of 50 top firms in the design category as part of their annual survey. The ARCHITECT 50 survey polled firms from across the country based on self-reported information and ranked them in a combination of three categories: business, sustainability and design.Related:
SPUR has selected Mithun partner, Daniel Solomon, FAIA for a 2013 Silver SPUR Award. Daniel was selected by a SPUR committee for his lifetime civic achievement, contribution to the community of San Francisco and the Bay Area, and his role as a teacher and author. Congratulations, Dan! Excerpt from the SPUR press release follows:
“Daniel Solomon, FAIA is an architect and urban designer whose career combines professional practice with teaching and writing. His commitment to the construction and reconstruction of urban neighborhoods extends beyond his renowned project work; he is a co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism and a passionate spokesman for the cause of the city. Solomon’s work as a partner in the Mithun | Solomon San Francisco office — including the LEED Platinum David Brower Center in Berkeley and the redevelopment of San Francisco’s Hunters View neighborhood — exemplify his commitment to the evolution of community design. He is professor emeritus at UC Berkeley and Kea Distinguished Professor at the University of Maryland, and has published many articles and three books.”
For more information about the 2013 Silver SPUR Awards, visit www.spur.org.
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