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San Francisco’s Mission Bay Introduces 1180 4th Street Housing

12.22.2014 Mithun, Press Releases, Project Updates,

Mercy Housing Completes 1180 Fourth Street Affordable Housing Designed by Mithun|Solomon and Kennerly Architecture in San Francisco

New 150-unit Apartment Community Anchors Gateway Corner at Mission Bay

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (December 11, 2014 ) – Mercy Housing California announced today the completion of 1180 Fourth Street, a 150-unit affordable housing community designed by collaborating architects Mithun|Solomon and Kennerly Architecture & Planning.

1180 4th street, san francisco affordable housing

1180 Fourth Street marks the corner of Fourth and Channel Streets as a gateway to San Francisco’s Mission Bay South, a key component of the burgeoning 300-acre Mission Bay community of housing, retail and office space. 1180 Fourth, developed at a cost of approximately $55 million, provides a range of critically-needed affordable housing within this fast-growing neighborhood, and houses 150 low-income, very low income and formerly homeless individuals and families.

“As a prominent gateway to Mission Bay, 1180 Fourth’s setting carries urban design obligations unusual for an affordable housing property,” said Daniel Solomon, a partner at Mithun|Solomon, the San Francisco office of Mithun. “With a vibrant mix of street level uses, and richly articulated architecture, this building holds its own among larger, market-rate neighbors and biotech campuses. 1180 Fourth brings the city’s cosmopolitan diversity to this emerging neighborhood.”

“1180 Fourth Street is the result of a strong collaboration with the City and County of San Francisco and the Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure to bring affordable housing and vibrant commercial activity to Mission Bay,” said Doug Shoemaker, President, Mercy Housing California. “Mercy Housing and Episcopal Community Services, our service provider, welcomes all of our new low income and formerly homeless families into San Francisco’s newest neighborhood and 1180 Fourth Street.”

The six-story community of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments includes 11,000 square feet of retail space lining Fourth Street, anchored by a corner restaurant space, and a community building facing Channel Park that serves the greater neighborhood. Common areas include a rich array of mid-block courtyards and gardens on three levels, along with a teen room, exercise room, two family-day-care units, and supportive services spaces.

Mithun is the executive architect and architect of record for 1180 Fourth, with associated architects Kennerly Architecture & Planning and Full Circle Architects. 1180 Fourth’s design was originated as WRT/Solomon E.T.C. The contractor is James E. Roberts-Obayashi Corp. Property management provided by Mercy Housing Management Group.

A Living Treehouse in Rural West Virginia

09.29.2014 Mithun, Press Releases, Noteworthy,

It is an icon of camp adventure, environmental stewardship and building innovation. It is more than just a Treehouse—it is an immersive experience.

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Located in the forest of Summit Bechtel Reserve, the Sustainability Treehouse was built for the Boys Scouts of America’s annual jamboree, serving as a place for environmental education while capturing the imagination of childhood exploration.

“We designed the Treehouse to provide visitors with tangible lessons of sustainable design that would inform their future actions and leave them with a strong connection to this amazing place,” says project designer Brendan Connolly, a partner at Mithun.

Recently, Green Building and Design Magazine featured our project and they describe, in-depth, how the Boys Scouts have “upheld a ‘leave no trace’ ethic on backcountry campouts.” With specific program requirements leave the forest undisturbed, the Treehouse is on target for meeting the Living Building Challenge and was honored with the AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project Award.

Amenities and Options: What Student Housing Looks Like Today

08.01.2014 Mithun, Press Releases,

Student housing has come a long way from the dorms we remember – today’s facilities are integrated student-life communities with superior academic and recreational amenities.

With a surge in graduating high school students wanting to attend out-of-state, high-ranking universities, the pressure has intensified for institutions to offer outstanding and amenity-rich housing as part of the campus experience. This next wave of student housing design reflects an increasing focus on social interaction, student health and diverse choices to deliver a holistic live-learn community. The University of California, Irvine’s innovative housing expansion for Mesa Court exemplifies how campus development is moving away from the historically self-contained dormitory model and adopting this new approach.

Bill LaPatra, a project director for some of our more complex urban sites and campuses, was recently interviewed by the online commercial real estate journal to explain this demand and change in perception within student life and housing:

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UCI’s Mesa Court is just one example of how many universities are beginning to adopt this new approach to campus development. As the demand for healthy and connected design continues to rise, universities all over the country are planning more complex, integrated campuses and ultimately redefining student life.

Puget Sound Business Journal: UW Reinvents the Dorm

03.08.2013 Mithun, Press Releases,

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.”

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Mithun and Daniel Solomon Design Partners Merge

11.02.2012 Mithun, Press Releases,

Leveraging recent client growth and the nascent economic recovery, Mithun, a Seattle-based architecture, landscape architecture, planning and interior design firm globally known for sustainable design, and Daniel Solomon Design Partners (DSDP) of San Francisco, internationally-known for placed-based urban design and urban housing, announced today a merger which immediately elevates the combined firm’s capabilities in the design for urban residential, mixed use, office, civic, cultural, academic, and institutional clients to meet demand for livable, sustainable cities worldwide.

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Construction Begins on Seattle Aquarium’s Harbor Seal Exhibit

10.30.2012 Mithun, Press Releases, Project Updates,

The Seattle Aquarium has begun construction on the new indoor/outdoor harbor seal exhibit. Mithun’s design improves visibility by removing the chain link around the existing exhibit and replacing it with a glass enclosure that allows visitors to view the animals face-to-face in their natural environment. The project will include a deeper, expanded pool and seating for 100 visitors.

To learn more about the new harbor seal exhibit and how Seattle Aquarium is working to protect wildlife during construction, visit

Mithun Principal Awarded LEED Fellow Designation

10.29.2012 Mithun, Press Releases, Noteworthy,

The U.S. Green Building Council has recently named Mithun Principal, Tom Nelson, AIA, to the 2012 class of LEED Fellows – the green building industry’s most prestigious professional designation. The LEED Fellow designation recognizes exceptional contributions to green building and significant professional achievement within the industry. Nelson has been an integral part of some Mithun’s most sustainable projects including the LEED Platinum UCI Medical Education Building.

Tom Nelson will be recognized with the rest of the 2012 LEED Fellow class at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in November. For more information on the LEED Fellow program, visit