The AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) has recognized the Sustainability Treehouse with a Top Ten Green Project award. Now in its 18th year, the awards program seeks to recognize projects and innovations in high performance, sustainable design. Jury members commented that the Treehouse “exhibits a very exuberant and expressive design while being contextual and respectful of the site.”
Towering 125-feet above grade and on target for Living Building certification, the Treehouse is a testament to the power of integrated design. Mithun led the collaborative, multi-disciplinary design process to achieve an immersive learning center for the Boy Scouts of America within the forest at Summit Bechtel Reserve. Visitors ascend indoor and outdoor platforms to experience the forest from multiple vantages and engage with exhibits that explore the site and ecosystem at the levels of ground, tree canopy and sky. Innovative green building systems—including a 6,450-watt photovoltaic array output, two 4,000-watt wind turbines, and a 1,000-gallon cistern and water cleansing system—combine to yield an inspirational facility that celebrates the wonder of childhood exploration and blazes new trails with net-zero energy and water performance.
Key project collaborators included Trinity Works (Summit developer), BNIM (executive architect/architect of record) and Volume, Inc./Studio Terpeluk (exhibit design).
The Sustainability Treehouse is Mithun’s fifth AIA COTE Top Ten Project. Past honorees include IslandWood, Lloyd Crossing Sustainable Urban Design REI Seattle Flagship Store and REI Denver Flagship Store, .
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Mithun was honored with two awards from the Washington State chapter of NAIOP at their annual Night of the Stars Awards Gala last week. Each year a NAIOP committee selects outstanding local projects and companies for their impact on the community, market adaptability, ingenuity, and local contributions.
As the winner of the Office Development of the Year award in the corporate category, the Harley and Lela Franco Maritime Center represents a 21st century working waterfront business focused on marine innovation, sustainability and employee success. The project goal was to create one of the healthiest, sustainable workplaces in the country that encourages employee communication and enables all to thrive within their working environment. The facility balances marine industrial function with operational efficiency while creating a legacy headquarters for Harley Marine Services.
Out of five projects selected as finalists, the Goodwill Job Training and Education Center received the Community Impact of the Year Award. The facility was designed in order to support the non-profit’s core mission of providing free job training and education services to those in need. The project team at Goodwill directed the design team to consider the larger community. It was critical that the design response reach out to create urban rooms that engage the public in the landscaping, at the entry, throughout the classroom spaces, and in the great commons at the third floor, extending inside out with a deck space to address this prominent corner. Mithun’s Seattle Aquarium Harbor Seal Exhibit was also a finalist in this category.
Three Mithun projects in total were selected as finalists as part of the 2013 NAIOP Night of the Stars Awards. For more information about this year’s finalists, visit www.naiopwa.org.Related:
The Sustainability Treehouse was awarded the highest commendation at this year’s AIA Seattle Honor Awards ceremony. As one of five projects selected for an Honor Award, the jury praised the team for their collaborative work with engineers, and commended a design that evokes emotion and goes beyond sustainability. According to the AIA website:
“The project was applauded for its inventive scale, integration of green building systems, and exploration and understanding the site and ecosystem at the ground, tree canopy, and sky levels. It’s sustainability at its highest executed by a perfect collaboration between architects and engineers. Sustainability Treehouse ‘captures the wonder of the forest and the architecture is a wonder in itself.”
Mithun was the design architect, BNIM was the executive architect/architect of record and Volume, Inc was responsible for the exhibit design.
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Three Mithun projects were recently selected as finalists as part of the 2013 NAIOP Night of the Stars Awards. The Harley and Lela Franco Maritime Center was chosen as one of five projects selected in the Office Development of the Year category, while the Goodwill Job Training and Education Center and Seattle Aquarium Harbor Seal Exhibit were selected in the Community Impact of the Year category. Winners will be announced at the awards gala on Friday, November 8.
For more information about this year’s finalists and the Night of the Stars Gala, visit www.naiopwa.org.
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.
Debra Guenther, a Partner at Mithun, was recently elected into the 2013 class of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Fellows and will be inducted in November at a national ceremony in Boston. According to ASLA’s announcement:
“Debra Guenther received her nomination, for Service, from the Washington Chapter. Her collaborative work as a designer, leader, and innovator, and her dedication to the public realm has enriched the national discourse on the built environment. For 30 years, over the entire course of her experience in practice, her body of work reflects her own commitment to natural processes and has resulted in nationally recognized examples of system-based design that are compelling and sustainably functional. A committed leader of multi-disciplinary work, she has consistently brought landscape architecture and site issues to the table throughout the green building revolution. Her commitment to the challenge is evident through her participation with interdisciplinary organizations such as Urban Land Institute, US Green Building Council, Living Futures, and National Recreation and Parks Association, as well as her long term service as ASLA’s representative to the Sustainable Sites Initiative.”
Both a theorist and a practitioner since the creation of the Sustainable Sites Initiative, she has implemented SITES™ into Mithun projects such as Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus and Louisiana Children’s Museum: Early Learning Village. As Mithun’s landscape architecture team leader, Deb has built a team of landscape architects that bring exceptional quality, critical thinking and award-winning design to projects. Her career at Mithun has included work on such projects as the Blue Ring, Taylor 28 Streetscape, Seattle University Sustainable Master Plan, and the University of Washington’s Lander, Terry and Maple Halls. Her project leadership has resulted in two national honor awards from ASLA and the 2010 ASLA President’s Medal.
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