Mithun was honored with two awards from the Washington State chapter of NAIOP at their annual Night of the Stars Awards Gala last week. Each year a NAIOP committee selects outstanding local projects and companies for their impact on the community, market adaptability, ingenuity, and local contributions.
As the winner of the Office Development of the Year award in the corporate category, the Harley and Lela Franco Maritime Center represents a 21st century working waterfront business focused on marine innovation, sustainability and employee success. The project goal was to create one of the healthiest, sustainable workplaces in the country that encourages employee communication and enables all to thrive within their working environment. The facility balances marine industrial function with operational efficiency while creating a legacy headquarters for Harley Marine Services.
Out of five projects selected as finalists, the Goodwill Job Training and Education Center received the Community Impact of the Year Award. The facility was designed in order to support the non-profit’s core mission of providing free job training and education services to those in need. The project team at Goodwill directed the design team to consider the larger community. It was critical that the design response reach out to create urban rooms that engage the public in the landscaping, at the entry, throughout the classroom spaces, and in the great commons at the third floor, extending inside out with a deck space to address this prominent corner. Mithun’s Seattle Aquarium Harbor Seal Exhibit was also a finalist in this category.
Three Mithun projects in total were selected as finalists as part of the 2013 NAIOP Night of the Stars Awards. For more information about this year’s finalists, visit www.naiopwa.org.
The Sustainability Treehouse was awarded the highest commendation at this year’s AIA Seattle Honor Awards ceremony. As one of five projects selected for an Honor Award, the jury praised the team for their collaborative work with engineers, and commended a design that evokes emotion and goes beyond sustainability. According to the AIA website:
“The project was applauded for its inventive scale, integration of green building systems, and exploration and understanding the site and ecosystem at the ground, tree canopy, and sky levels. It’s sustainability at its highest executed by a perfect collaboration between architects and engineers. Sustainability Treehouse ‘captures the wonder of the forest and the architecture is a wonder in itself.’”
Mithun was the design architect, BNIM was the executive architect/architect of record and Volume, Inc was responsible for the exhibit design.
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The Urban Land Institute (ULI) recently recognized two Mithun projects in conjunction with the 2013 ULI Fall Meeting. The David Brower Center / Oxford Plaza combines a vibrant center for environmental activism with low-income family housing in a mixed-use complex that anchors the revitalization of downtown Berkeley. It was among the worldwide finalists for the prestigious ULI Global Awards for Excellence.
Executed as WRT/Solomon ETC
Hunters View transforms San Francisco’s most distressed public housing project into a mixed-income neighborhood that follows the principles of the city’s distinctive residential fabric. The project is currently featured in a Proactive Solution File article in the October 2013 issue of Urban Land Magazine. Residents have already moved in to Phase 1a, which includes 107 affordable homes and a new neighborhood park.
Initiated as WRT/Solomon ETC
Three Mithun projects were recently selected as finalists as part of the 2013 NAIOP Night of the Stars Awards. The Harley and Lela Franco Maritime Center was chosen as one of five projects selected in the Office Development of the Year category, while the Goodwill Job Training and Education Center and Seattle Aquarium Harbor Seal Exhibit were selected in the Community Impact of the Year category. Winners will be announced at the awards gala on Friday, November 8.
For more information about this year’s finalists and the Night of the Stars Gala, visit www.naiopwa.org.
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.
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The American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) Magazine selected Mithun as one of 50 top firms in the design category as part of their annual survey. The ARCHITECT 50 survey polled firms from across the country based on self-reported information and ranked them in a combination of three categories: business, sustainability and design.
SPUR has selected Mithun partner, Daniel Solomon, FAIA for a 2013 Silver SPUR Award. Daniel was selected by a SPUR committee for his lifetime civic achievement, contribution to the community of San Francisco and the Bay Area, and his role as a teacher and author. Congratulations, Dan! Excerpt from the SPUR press release follows:
“Daniel Solomon, FAIA is an architect and urban designer whose career combines professional practice with teaching and writing. His commitment to the construction and reconstruction of urban neighborhoods extends beyond his renowned project work; he is a co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism and a passionate spokesman for the cause of the city. Solomon’s work as a partner in the Mithun | Solomon San Francisco office — including the LEED Platinum David Brower Center in Berkeley and the redevelopment of San Francisco’s Hunters View neighborhood — exemplify his commitment to the evolution of community design. He is professor emeritus at UC Berkeley and Kea Distinguished Professor at the University of Maryland, and has published many articles and three books.”
For more information about the 2013 Silver SPUR Awards, visit www.spur.org.