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
Brightwater Center has achieved LEED Platinum Certification – the highest level of sustainability within the USGBC’s rating system. The Brightwater Center opened in 2011 and offers visitors an opportunity to learn about the environmental mission of the adjacent Brightwater Treatment Plant, the region’s state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility that protects the waters of Puget Sound. In addition to classrooms and laboratory space for students of all ages, the facility also offers community meeting rooms for a variety of groups and events.
Designed and constructed to use 75% less energy than other educational and office facilities, the project employs sustainable design principles that include daylighting, natural ventilation, reclaimed materials and photovoltaic panels. Waste methane from the plant heats water for the radiant floors and reclaimed water is used for toilet flushing and irrigation. Mithun designed the Center in collaboration with CH2M Hill, Brown and Caldwell, Hargreaves Associates, and Streeter and Associates. The design was also guided by a community advisory group that included local businesses, environmental groups, local Indian Tribes, education administrators and Friends of the Hidden River, a Bothell nonprofit comprised of local teachers dedicated to environmental education in the Puget Sound and surrounding regions. King County has also formally partnered with IslandWood, a Bainbridge Island-based nonprofit dedicated to environmental education also designed by Mithun, to expand Brightwater Center’s educational programming. The American Institute of Architects Washington Council recently honored Brightwater Center with a 2012 Citation Award for Excellence in Civic Design.
Continue reading about the Brightwater Center in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce*.
The Medical Education Building at the University of California – Irvine was recently awarded LEED Platinum Certification by the USGBC. At the start of the project, the University only required a LEED Certified rating to be achieved but Mithun was able to exceed that standard. By using a material reduction strategy and passive strategies, such as natural cooling the team was able to produce a design that not only met a high level of performance, but also saved enough of the construction budget to design an additional story. The building houses a broad range of functions including: state-of-the-art instructional and simulation spaces for surgery, emergency medicine and obstetrics, student testing, research labs, telemedicine facilities, and administrative offices. Mithun delivered the project through a design-build process for a fixed construction cost.
Two Mithun projects, Brix condominiums and Seattle University Lemieux Library, won honor awards at this year’s Masonry Institute of Washington (MIW) Excellence Awards in the Residential/Multifamily and Addition categories.
Brix condominiums transforms the site of a defunct supermarket into a vibrant mixed-use development. Stacked lofts look east and north onto the quiet residential setting of 10th Avenue and Mercer Street, while retail and residential on Broadway help to activate the neighborhood’s business corridor. Variation in the project’s façade solves a complex design challenge with brick used for the traditional, tree-lined context and precast concrete for the distinctly urban edges.
Mithun served as executive architect, in collaboration with design architect Pfeiffer Partners, for Seattle University’s 100,000 sf renovation and 35,000 sf addition to the Lemieux Library. The addition creates a model for the new academic library as an integrated learning center combining library services, technology, media production, student learning services, technology enhanced classrooms and meeting rooms, 24/7 study areas, and a café.
A list of the 2012 MIW Excellence Award winners can be found at www.djc.com.
Brightwater Center was honored with a Citation Award at this year’s AIA Washington Civic Design Awards. The Center is the public face of the region’s new Brightwater Treatment Facility and provides the community with information about water, energy and sustainability. Designed to meet LEED Platinum standards, the project employs sustainable design principles including daylighting, natural ventilation, reclaimed materials and photovoltaic panels. Waste methane from the plant heats water for the radiant floors, and reclaimed water is used for toilet flushing and irrigation. The Center was designed in collaboration with CH2M Hill, Brown and Caldwell, Hargreaves Associates, and Streeter and Associates to use 75% less energy than other educational and office facilities.
More information about Brightwater Center can be found at www.kingcounty.gov.
Mithun’s Walking Mountains Science Center was recently awarded the 2012 building award for new commercial construction from the Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES). Each year CRES awards projects that encourage the use of renewable energy and new technologies that are directly applicable to Colorado’s unique building needs. The Walking Mountains Science Center serves as a key example of sustainable design, and is the first school in Colorado to receive LEED Platinum certification. The center’s focus on environmentally conscious design was intended to play an active role in the education of its students — with an emphasis on maximizing energy efficiency, minimizing building footprints and protecting the natural ecosystem.
More information about CRES can be found at www.cres-energy.org.
Mithun’s Coeur d’Alene Tribe Resort Expansion was recently awarded LEED Gold certification and was recognized by the Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) with a Merit Award for General Design, and by the Illuminating Engineering Society with three lighting design awards.
An important aspect of the design of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s resort expansion was to create a strong connection to the surrounding lands. Two ecosystems are celebrated: the rolling hills of the Palouse Prairie and the native forests of Idaho. The resort sits at the edge between these distinct communities resulting in rich biodiversity. The new design encourages guests to interact with the site’s unique landscape through sensitive infrastructure improvements, including a new entry road, interpretive trails, amphitheater, outdoor fireplace and outdoor dining.
- Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, 13 Landscape Architecture Projects Win Awards*