News: Project Updates
Construction crews are beginning to lay tracks along several stretches of a 2.5-mile corridor in Seattle for the First Hill Streetcar. The $133 million project began in April and is scheduled to finish by spring of 2014. Mithun completed concept designs for the new streetcar in collaboration with URS Corporation and LTK Engineering Services. Stacy and Witbeck is the general contractor.
Continue reading about the construction of the First Hill Streetcar at www.djc.com*.
On Wednesday, July 25, the Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) and Seattle Children’s Research Institute will host a dedication ceremony for the new Downtown Seattle play area at Westlake Park. The ceremony starts at 11:30am and will feature sand boxes and other activities for children. Mithun is partnering with DSA, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and public artist, Kurt Kiefer, to design the new play area.
For more information about the dedication ceremony and the new play area in Westlake Park, visit www.downtownseattle.com.
The Medical Education Building at the University of California – Irvine was recently awarded LEED Platinum Certification by the USGBC. At the start of the project, the University only required a LEED Certified rating to be achieved but Mithun was able to exceed that standard. By using a material reduction strategy and passive strategies, such as natural cooling the team was able to produce a design that not only met a high level of performance, but also saved enough of the construction budget to design an additional story. The building houses a broad range of functions including: state-of-the-art instructional and simulation spaces for surgery, emergency medicine and obstetrics, student testing, research labs, telemedicine facilities, and administrative offices. Mithun delivered the project through a design-build process for a fixed construction cost.
Two Mithun projects, Brix condominiums and Seattle University Lemieux Library, won honor awards at this year’s Masonry Institute of Washington (MIW) Excellence Awards in the Residential/Multifamily and Addition categories.
Brix condominiums transforms the site of a defunct supermarket into a vibrant mixed-use development. Stacked lofts look east and north onto the quiet residential setting of 10th Avenue and Mercer Street, while retail and residential on Broadway help to activate the neighborhood’s business corridor. Variation in the project’s façade solves a complex design challenge with brick used for the traditional, tree-lined context and precast concrete for the distinctly urban edges.
Mithun served as executive architect, in collaboration with design architect Pfeiffer Partners, for Seattle University’s 100,000 sf renovation and 35,000 sf addition to the Lemieux Library. The addition creates a model for the new academic library as an integrated learning center combining library services, technology, media production, student learning services, technology enhanced classrooms and meeting rooms, 24/7 study areas, and a café.
A list of the 2012 MIW Excellence Award winners can be found at www.djc.com.
Brightwater Center was honored with a Citation Award at this year’s AIA Washington Civic Design Awards. The Center is the public face of the region’s new Brightwater Treatment Facility and provides the community with information about water, energy and sustainability. Designed to meet LEED Platinum standards, the project employs sustainable design principles including 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. The Center was designed in collaboration with CH2M Hill, Brown and Caldwell, Hargreaves Associates, and Streeter and Associates to use 75% less energy than other educational and office facilities.
More information about Brightwater Center can be found at www.kingcounty.gov.
On May 19 the new 16,000 square-foot Life in Balance Spa at Miraval Resort was introduced to the public. Mithun designed the newly renovated spa in Tucson, Arizona in collaboration with Clodagh Design. The facility features 23 treatment rooms, including six outdoor rooms, a relaxation room, saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs and a private outdoor patio.
- Smart Meetings, A Peek Inside Miraval Resort’s New Spa
- Mrs. Green’s World, Grand Opening of Miraval Life in Balance Spa
- Examiner, Clodagh and Clarins’ New Miraval Spa – Making the Best, Better
- Examiner, Miraval Unveils New Life in Balance Spa with Clarins
Mithun’s Walking Mountains Science Center was recently awarded the 2012 building award for new commercial construction from the Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES). Each year CRES awards projects that encourage the use of renewable energy and new technologies that are directly applicable to Colorado’s unique building needs. The Walking Mountains Science Center serves as a key example of sustainable design, and is the first school in Colorado to receive LEED Platinum certification. The center’s focus on environmentally conscious design was intended to play an active role in the education of its students — with an emphasis on maximizing energy efficiency, minimizing building footprints and protecting the natural ecosystem.
More information about CRES can be found at www.cres-energy.org.