News: Project Updates
The plan for the first private mixed-use apartments in the Yesler Terrace neighborhood redevelopment has received design approval from the City of Seattle and construction is scheduled to begin in early 2014. Mithun designed the six-story building with 120 low-income housing units for residents who make less than 85 percent of the area median income. The developers, Spectrum Development Solutions and Gracorp Capitol Advisors, anticipate that the building will serve teachers, nurses, civil servants and others working in the surrounding area. Jake McKinstry, principal at Spectrum, was recently quoted about the project in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce:
“With all that Seattle has to offer in urban living, housing opportunities for the middle class near the downtown core and major employers are almost nonexistent,” said Jake McKinstry, principal at Spectrum. “This project is intended to serve those who don’t qualify for assisted housing yet can’t afford the new, market-rate housing in downtown, First Hill and Capitol Hill.”
- Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce*: Spectrum/Gracorp gets OK for new apartments at Yesler Terrace site
- Puget Sound Business Journal: First private developer picked for Yesler Terrace redevelopment
Brightwater Center is currently featured as the Seattle DJC’s project of the month. In the nearly two years since it opened to the public, the Center has become the premier place in the Northwest to learn about environmental stewardship and resource conservation. According to King County, nearly 6,200 people visited Brightwater in 2012 – a little over half of those visitors were students. The facility not only teaches the public about the water cycle, but it also helps people understand how personal actions impact the health and wellbeing of our community.
“At Brightwater Center, [visitors] learn about environmental protection. The building is intended to push concepts of sustainable construction to new limits, and make a statement about them at the same time.”
Read the full article at www.djc.com*.
Seattle Goodwill Industries’ new 49,562 square foot building will be introduced to the public with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 1. Mithun designed the new job training and education center and administrative support services building with a goal to enhance Goodwill’s capacity to better serve the community.
Visit Goodwill’s website for more information about the opening ceremony and to find out how you can give back to your community.
- Seattle Goodwill: Come to the Goodwill Ribbon Cutting and Open House
Mithun’s focus on health in the redevelopment master plan and urban design for the Denver Housing Authority’s (DHA) Mariposa redevelopment was recently featured in an article published by the New York Times. The plan is spearheading the movement for “design for health” and evidence-based design by incorporating a Health Impact Assessment (HIA), design strategies, and implementation recommendations that improve resident health through the neighborhood redevelopment.
In the article, Erin Christensen, Associate Principal, points to Mithun’s work on the High Point Community in Seattle as a groundbreaking early example of how design strategies can be linked to health. Because the community suffered from a high-rate of asthma, the team designed 60 Breathe-Easy™ homes that have proven through longitudinal studies to increase resident’s symptom-free days by 61% and reduce emergency room visits by 67%:
“As designers, that was the first that we had really seen a direct relationship shown between the built environment and the health of residents,” said Christensen.
The lessons learned at High Point informed green building standards including the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria. The Mariposa redevelopment takes healthy design beyond the home and considers all aspects of physical, mental, and community well-being in a more comprehensive and holistic approach to neighborhood planning. By integrating a health impact assessment and community engagement early on, the team was able to identify what the community needed most to support healthy lifestyles. Using a public health lens, the best evidence available, and peer review, responsive design and programmatic strategies were incorporated into the project.
In 2012, Mithun helped develop the Mariposa Healthy Living Initiative for DHA to integrate health into every aspect of design, construction, and implementation of the Mariposa development. The Initiative launches campaigns and action plans for DHA to improve specific health goals, including the creation of the Mariposa Healthy Living Toolkit, an implementation guide for practitioners to incorporate health into neighborhood design, redevelopment, and construction.
Mithun was responsible for recommendations to incorporate art in the development to help support diversity and build social cohesion (one of the health determinants). This mural is featured on the recently completed 100-unit Tapiz building, designed by Brad Buchanan, RNL. The mural was designed by a local artist who worked with kids in the neighborhood.
Continue reading the New York Times article about Mithun’s effort to design for health at www.nytimes.com.Related:
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 design replaces the existing chain link exhibit with glass enclosure.
Construction has begun on the $40 million initial phase of Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus