Seattle’s Nordic Heritage Museum is getting a new home designed by Mithun

Architecture, West
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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The Nordic Heritage Museum entrance lobby. (Courtesy Mithun/MIR)

The Nordic Heritage Museum entrance lobby. (Mithun/MIR/ Courtesy Nordic Museum)

Operating out of a 1907 red brick schoolhouse on a leafy residential street in the northwest Seattle neighborhood of Ballard, the Nordic Heritage Museum has plans to move into a major new Mithun-designed home about a mile south, close to the waterfront and the Ballard Locks.
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Product> Sustainable and Green Products from Greenbuild 2015

National, Product, Spec Sheet
Monday, November 30, 2015
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COURTESY SageGlass

The 14th annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo took place November 18–20 in Washington, D.C. This year’s expo featured the latest and greatest products and materials in sustainable design. Check out these cutting-edge green building products from the show.

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Joshua Zabel talks digital collaboration in facade design

The SFMOMA expansion features the first major use of FRP cladding on a multi-story building in North America. (Tom Paiva / Kreysler & Associates)

The SFMOMA expansion features the first major use of FRP cladding on a multi-story building in North America. (Tom Paiva / Kreysler & Associates)

Kreysler & Associates‘ Joshua Zabel knows more than a thing or two about collaborating with architects to produce complex facades. “On the design side, increasingly complex projects call for earlier and earlier involvement from us for material and fabrication input,” said Zabel. “With increasing frequency we’re being called on by architects to contribute during SD and DD phases.”

Zabel will share the fabricator’s perspective on teamwork in high performance envelope design and construction later this week at Facades+AM Seattle. His co-presenters on “Digital Collaborations: Applications, Realities and Opportunities in the Delivery of Complex Facades” include Jeffrey Vaglio (Enclos), David Sandinsky (NBBJ) and Marne Zahner (Magnusson Klemencic Associates).

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Energy strategist Sangeetha Divakar on the role of digital techniques in facade design

OMA/LMN's Seattle Central Library. (Andrew Smith / Flickr)

OMA/LMN’s Seattle Central Library. (Andrew Smith / Flickr)

Digital techniques including parametrization play an increasingly important role in the work of many architects, engineers, and builders, especially those involved in the design and fabrication of high performance facades.

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What’s hot in Seattle at Facades+AM, December 4

Facades+AM returns to Seattle December 4. (Jonathan Miske / Flickr)

Facades+AM returns to Seattle December 4. (Jonathan Miske / Flickr)

For Seattle‘s AEC professionals, the city’s thriving high-tech industry is both a blessing and a challenge. “The architecture scene in Seattle is red hot and exciting,” said Mic Patterson, vice president of Strategic Development for Enclos.

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OMA selected to master plan Washington, D.C.’s RFK Stadium–Armory Campus

Architecture, East, Urbanism
Thursday, October 22, 2015
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(Courtesy OMA)

(Courtesy OMA)

Washington, D.C.‘s rundown Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium–Armory Campus, home to soccer team D.C. United, is finally edging closer to redevelopment. The New York office of Rem Koolhaas’ Rotterdam-based firm OMA has been commissioned to master plan the 190-acre site.

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Report: Red tape and deferred maintenance balloon U.S. infrastructure costs to $3.7 trillion

City Terrain, National, News, Transportation
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
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The overhead steel truss on a pair of I-5 bridges spanning the Skookumchuck River in Washington State is one piece of infrastructure getting overdue repairs. Hits from overheight loads will be fixed and the overhead clearance will be straightened out to and even height across all lanes. (Washington State Department of Transportation)

The overhead steel truss on a pair of I-5 bridges spanning the Skookumchuck River in Washington State is one piece of infrastructure getting overdue repairs. Hits from overheight loads will be fixed and the overhead clearance will be straightened out to and even height across all lanes. (Washington State Department of Transportation via Flickr)

A new report attempts to quantify the cost of our national reluctance to fix aging bridges, railroads and power lines. Delays in approving infrastructure projects cost the United States some $3.7 trillion, according to the nonpartisan think tank Common Good—more than twice what it would take to fix the infrastructure in the first place, according to a report titled Two Years, Not Ten Years: Redesigning Infrastructure Approvals.

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The 2015 winners of the Rudy Bruner Awards serve up a healthy dose of urban excellence

Architecture, Awards, National, Urbanism
Thursday, June 11, 2015
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MILLER’S COURT IN BALTIMORE, MD. (COURTESY BILLY MICHELS)

MILLER’S COURT IN BALTIMORE, MD. (COURTESY BILLY MICHELS)

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence has announced its 2015 gold and silver medalists. For the past 27 years, the biennial competition has honored “transformative places distinguished by physical design and contributions to the economic, environmental and social vitality of America’s cities.”

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This Seattle architect built a basement man cave housing 250,000 neatly arranged LEGO bricks

(Courtesy KOMO News)

(Courtesy KOMO News)

One Seattle architect’s much ballyhooed basement isn’t built from LEGO bricks, but it houses 250,000 of them in 150 meticulously sorted bins.

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Olson Kundig Merges Western History and Modern Art

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Olson Kundig's extension to the Tacoma Art Museum comprises a new entrance canopy and a Richlite-clad gallery wing. (Benjamin Benschneider)

Olson Kundig’s extension to the Tacoma Art Museum comprises a new entrance canopy and a Richlite-clad gallery wing. (Benjamin Benschneider)

Richlite-clad museum expansion inspired by industrial context and Old West art collection.

Commissioned to craft an extension to the Antoine Predock–designed Tacoma Art Museum, Olson Kundig Architects sought inspiration in both the history of the site and the art collection itself. Located in the city’s Union Depot/Warehouse historic district, the museum is surrounded by brick buildings formerly dedicated to industry and transportation. “The new addition needed to respond to both the neighborhood context as well as the existing building,” explained design principal Tom Kundig. “It has clean lines that recall the existing structure but recalls more directly the natural, earthy materials found in the neighborhood.” In contrast to the stainless steel-clad original wing, which houses the museum’s modern art collection, the new wing—dedicated to the art of the American West—is wrapped in layers of Richlite sunscreens. “The addition’s use of exterior shutters references symbols of the American West—fences, filtered barn light, and railroad box cars,” said Kundig. “It’s fitting that the Haub Family’s Western American Art collection now sits at the westernmost terminus of the rail line established by President Lincoln.”

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New Buildings Institute catalogues the nation’s net-zero buildings

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation's headquarters in Los Altos, California is a relatively rare example of certified net-zero built work in the U.S. Completed in 2012, the building features a sophisticated cooling system, natural ventilation, and is certified LEED Platinum. (Jeremy Bittermann via Esherick Homsey Dodge & Davis)

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s headquarters in Los Altos, California is a relatively rare example of certified net-zero built work in the U.S. Completed in 2012, the building features a sophisticated cooling system, natural ventilation, and is certified LEED Platinum. (Jeremy Bittermann via Esherick Homsey Dodge & Davis)

The Vancouver-based New Buildings Institute (NBI) tracks energy efficient built work, and their 2014 update, “Getting to Zero”, provides a snapshot of the emerging U.S. market for net-zero buildings—those are structures that use no more energy than they can gather on site.

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Coming Soon to Seattle: Facades+ AM

Seattle will host the debut of Facades+ AM, a half-day continuing education event focused on building skins. (Roger Ward / Flickr)

Seattle will host the debut of Facades+ AM, a half-day continuing education event focused on building skins. (Roger Ward / Flickr)

Despite the fact that most state licensing boards require registered architects to pursue continuing education, not all AEC professionals take full advantage of the educational opportunities available. That’s a shame, says Mic Patterson, VP of Strategic Development for Enclos, given the value of the many workshops, seminar programs, and conferences aimed at practicing architects. The Facades+ conference series, co-sponsored by Enclos and AN, is one such offering. “The intent was to start a dialog involving the building skin that bridged the various fragmented sectors of the building industry,” said Patterson. “We’ve been very successful in doing that. Now I’m interested in taking this dialog to other locations.” Accordingly, Facades+ will launch a new initiative next month: Facades+ AM, a half-day forum debuting in Seattle on November 11.

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