News: Project Updates
On October 10, Chatham University hosted a “behind the scenes” tour of the construction progress on the new Eden Hall Campus and announced a recent $15 million donation from the Falk Foundation. The largest gift in school history, the money will go toward supporting Chatham’s Eden Hall Campus and its new Falk School of Sustainability and Environment. Designed by Mithun, the site and buildings are planned to express and connect students to the natural flow of water, the orientation of the sun, and all of the systems with which we need to co-exist to achieve a sustainable future. During the event, the project team and faculty led a tour of the first buildings, site features, and infrastructure for what will ultimately be a net positive energy and carbon neutral1,500 person campus community. Phase one of construction is scheduled to be complete in December of this year. Photo credit: Chatham University.
- Chatham University: Chatham University Receives $15 Million Gift From the Falk Foundation
- Pittsburgh Business Times: Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus (Video)
- Pittsburgh Business Times: Falk Foundation to close with $15M grant to Chatham University
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Chatham University receives $15 million gift
Montana State University’s (MSU) newest residence hall was designed with an emphasis on sustainability and the surrounding mountain landscape. Gallatin Hall encourages sustainable behavior through the building’s design and operation, including natural heating and cooling, daylighting strategies and the use of energy efficient appliances in each room. Mithun’s design also showcase’s MSU’s unique place in the region as a university focused on “Mountains and Minds” by incorporating design details that support outdoor activities and celebrate the surrounding mountain views. The building is on track for LEED Gold and AIA 2030 Challenge compliance.
- Bozeman Daily Chronicle: New Gallatin Hall dorm helps MSU house record number of students
In an article published by Northwest Asian Weekly, Casey Huang, Associate Principal at Mithun, discussed the sustainable design features of the recently completed Goodwill Job Training and Education Center and the soon-to-be-built Hirabayashi Place. As the number of green buildings continues to increase in the Chinatown International District of Seattle, the public has begun to ask: “what makes them green?” This article provides an overview of the LEED rating system and the Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard (ESDS), and explains how Mithun’s designs meet these standards.
To read the full article in Northwest Asian Weekly, visit www.nwasianweekly.com.
The grand opening ceremony for the Harley and Lela Franco Maritime Center is scheduled for August 27. Mithun designed the 47,980 square foot office on a designated Superfund site on the east channel of the Duwamish Waterway on Harbor Island in Seattle. The project goal was to balance marine industrial function with operational efficiency and to create one of the healthiest, sustainable working waterfronts. The building was designed into two wings linked by bridges at each level around a working atrium in the center of the building. The atrium is open to all levels and topped with a large skylight and operable vents. In addition, an innovative horizontal smoke curtain was installed to allow the atrium to have maximum openness and to avoid having a costly smoke evacuation system. The result is a true working atrium – the first like it on the West Coast.
The project is seeking LEED Gold certification, and was part of a pilot program by Seattle, King County and Washington State to incentivize industrial investment by offering flexibility for construction of new industrial buildings and rehabbing existing ones.
- Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce*: Harley Marine completes new HQ
- Komo News: Sea-centered company goes green with new Seattle Headquarters
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