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Mariposa Redevelopment Honored with EPA National Achievement Award

03.06.2013 Mithun, Awards, Project Updates,

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.

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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

Chatham University Breaks Ground on Eden Hall Campus

10.16.2012 Mithun, Press Releases, Project Updates,

Construction has begun on the $40 million initial phase of Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus. The 388-acre site will be the new home of the School of Sustainability and the Environment. Mithun designed the first phase including a field lab, classrooms, dining hall, café, outdoor amphitheater, mosaic-style garden and on-site wastewater treatment system. Two 150-beds residence halls are scheduled for completion in 2015. All buildings on campus are being designed to meet net-zero energy standards with individual buildings slated for LEED Platinum, Living Building or Passive House certifications. The completed campus targets an average Energy Use Index (EUI) of 20 and includes many locally-sourced materials. The central classroom building will be Living Building Certified as well as net-zero energy, water and waste. During the groundbreaking ceremony last week, Mithun President, David Goldberg, AIA, spoke about our involvement in the project:

“The Eden Hall Campus is a tremendous example of innovation in education, sustainability, and community building. On behalf of the entire design and construction team … we are both humbled and honored at the opportunity to help these great leaders realize their vision for this world class campus.”

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Developer Selected for Yesler Terrace Parcel A

10.10.2012 Mithun, Press Releases, Project Updates,

The Seattle Housing Authority has selected Gracorp Capital Advisors as developer for the Yesler Terrace Parcel A project. This part of the Yesler Terrace redevelopment – a public housing project that will be revitalized into a transit-oriented, mixed-use, mixed-income community that is estimated to cost $2 billion – will include a 116,000 square foot building with 120 affordable apartments on six stories with roughly 3,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. Mithun is the project architect and Graham Construction will be the general contractor. Seattle Housing Authority is expected to select a master developer for the overall Yesler Terrace project by spring 2013.

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Suquamish Museum Opens

10.10.2012 Mithun, Press Releases, Project Updates,

The $7.5 million Suquamish Museum on Port Madison Indian Reservation was introduced to the public. Nestled in the forest, the new museum includes performance and educational spaces, exhibit galleries and artifact storage, a gift shop that features Suquamish artists, and craft workspace to promote traditional activities such as wood carving and craft making. Mithun was the architect, landscape architect and interior designer for the 9,000 square foot facility. Chairman and former museum director, Leonard Forsman, recently discussed the importance of the museum in an article by the Kitsap Sun:

“For the tribe, the museum is a place for our heritage and culture and traditions to be preserved in order to inspire, encourage and nurture our cultural resurgence.”

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City of Renton Wins 2012 VISION 2040 Award

10.10.2012 Mithun, Press Releases, Project Updates,

The City of Renton has recently received a 2012 VISION 2040 Award by the Puget Sound Regional Council for the Sunset Area Community Revitalization plan. The plan to redevelop the Sunset Terrace public housing community is a blueprint coordinating and phasing public investments to generate the greatest public benefit, integrating elements including mixed-income housing redevelopment, roadway improvements and pedestrian facilities, and a district stormwater strategy. In 2009, Mithun completed the Community Investment Strategy (CIS) for the City of Renton, in partnership with the Renton Housing Authority.


Brightwater Center Awarded LEED Platinum Certification

09.13.2012 Mithun, Awards, Project Updates,

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.

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