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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.

sustainability treehouse

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.

Work + Play: Mithun’s PARK(ing) DAY Installation

09.04.2014 Mithun, Thought Bursts, Noteworthy,

As part of the larger Seattle Design Festival, Mithun is proud to partner with SocialScale this year to create two dynamic, interactive parklets.

Hosted by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), and the American Society of Landscape Architects, Washington Chapter (WASLA), PARK(ing) DAY is an annual event where organizations turn metered parking spaces into temporary pop-up public park installations.

Originally conceived in 2005 by Rebar in San Francisco, it is recognized today as a global movement. In 2013, SDOT approved 45 park installations throughout the city of Seattle and now, with close to 1,000 parks in more than 35 countries, PARK(ing) DAY is helping raise awareness about important issues like creating walkable, livable and healthier cities world-wide.

This year, for one day only, Mithun will partner with our friends at SocialScale to transform TWO adjacent parking spots at the Spring Street intersection of Alaskan Way into a uniquely engaging public urban design that represents the intersection of “Work + Play” along Seattle’s rapidly evolving waterfront.

Come experience the Mithun + SocialScale parklets on September 19th from 9:00am-3:00pm, as well as other events across downtown Seattle.

Mithun Sponsors Seattle Design Festival 2014

08.15.2014 Mithun, Thought Bursts, Noteworthy,

The 2014 Seattle Design Festival (SDF2014) explores the ways design moves us. From place to place, frame to frame, present to future—design is the vehicle of innovation.

Mithun SDF2014

Experience Design in Motion as SDF2014 brings together citizens, leaders and experts to celebrate the ways design makes life better.

Presented by AIA Seattle and Design In Public, and in collaboration with dozens of community organizations, SDF2014 (September 5-19) supports community design discovery.

Join Mithun as we participate in talks, exhibitions, installations and workshops as our region’s wealth of innovative individuals in architectural, interior, graphic, industrial, digital and urban design come together to exchange ideas.

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

Seattle Launches Priority Green Expedited Permitting

11.04.2010 Noteworthy,

Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development has launched Priority Green Expedited, a permitting incentive that puts green projects in the permitting fast-lane. From their November 3, 2010 press release:

Seattle is now providing incentives accessible to any applicant designing a green project. “We are fortunate that the Seattle community has a strong culture of sustainability. Our Priority Green permit incentive program is designed to make green building standard practice and accessible to all our applicants so that we can work together to build a sustainable future.” Diane Sugimura, Director of Seattle Department of Planning and Development DPD’s Priority Green program began with a goal of facilitating very innovative projects showcasing emerging sustainable design. The program has evolved with input from stakeholders, most notably the Green Building Task force. The task force recommended an expedited permitting program and technical support for code challenges. These recommendations have been realized with Priority Green Expedited focusing on typical green building projects and the Innovation Advisory Committee focusing on emerging technologies. Priority Green Expedited has been expanded to include multifamily and commercial projects in addition to single family and townhome projects that began in October 2009. DPD will continue to incentivize innovative and Living Building projects meeting Architecture 2030 through Priority Green Facilitation. “Priority Green is a fantastic way to encourage green building in Seattle. The inventive programs meet the city’s environmental goals while leveraging existing city services. Expedited permit review saves time and money while promoting healthier, more sustainable residential and commercial building practices.” Richard Franko, Mithun, Green Building Task Force Member.

Hope House Video - Aging in Community

11.02.2010 Mithun, Project Updates, Noteworthy,

This video showcases Hope Meadows, an intergenerational community in which seniors support families as they adopt and raise children from the foster care system.

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National Building Museum Launches Intelligent Cities Initiative

10.29.2010 Noteworthy,

Intelligent Cities a National Building Museum Initiative

Bert Gregory, FAIA, serves on the National Building Museum’s Intelligent Cities Advisory Committee and is excited to share National Building Museum’s launch of the Intelligent Cities Initiative.

The scale and complexity of neighborhoods, towns, and cities are unprecedented — and so are our tools for understanding them. Funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, and supported by TIME and IBM, the Intelligent Cities Initiative explores the intersection of information technology and urban design to uncover connections between how we shape our urban environment today and the impact of our choices tomorrow.

The initiative will include a series of polls developed to gain a better understanding of the ways in which people select and interact with their homes, neighborhoods, and cities. The first topic, “The Home,” is now available on the Intelligent Cities polling site.