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Design Perspectives: A center for design that’s fitting for a ‘design city’

Four organizations that promote architecture and design awareness share the space at 1010 Western Ave. AIA Seattle, AIA Washington, Seattle Architectural Foundation, and Design in Public.

 

Hopelink Service Center Redmond

After a long and frustrating search, Hopelink got a 75-year lease from the city for a 2-acre site where it plans to build the Redmond Integrated Service Center.

 

The Penrose Luxury Hotel

The former YMCA and a new addition next door will house the 82-room Penrose Hotel, as well as a restaurant and bar.

 

2017 AIA/HUD Secretary's Award

Plaza Roberto Maestas directly addresses the urgent need for affordable housing and economic opportunity in the Beacon Hill neighborhood and is a model for community-inspired transit-oriented development.

 

Promotions and New Staff Members

SSF continues to grow in 2017

 

Fire Station 20 Wins SDC Award

Seattle Design Commission has named the winners of its biennial Design Excellence Awards, which recognize projects that improve the city and the public realm.

 

400 Roy Street Apartments

A representative from Plus said the firm hopes to break ground in early 2018, following demolition work this summer.

 

Country Doctor may build new space

The clinic is proposing to tear down a two-story wood-frame building it acquired in 2012, and build a four-story mixed-use project in its place.

 

23rd and Jackson - Patricia K

Community House is now planning the Patricia K. Apartments: a six-story building with 53 unit for its clients, above its offices and services on the first two floors.

 

Structural Engineering for Treehouses

Design on a living foundation is unique. No two trees are the same. Different species, different growth rates, and various distances apart make each project vary greatly.

 

Minnie Flats Apartments

The former site of Cafe Minnie’s is now Minnie Flats – an 87-unit workforce housing apartment building.

 

Proposed rules for URM Buildings

The owner of the Whitworth Apartments on Capitol Hill is planning a seismic retrofit in advance of new city rules that could require retrofits for unreinforced masonry buildings.

 

Eastside Preparatory PAC

Eastside Prep is planning a new performing arts center, Tali Hall, that will include two four-story buildings that are designed by Public47 Architects and will replace two existing two-story structures.

 

408 Aurora Avenue North

That two-story barn has been renovated several times, and is now likely the oldest building in South Lake Union.

 

Pioneer Square - J&M Hotel

Seneca has hired BuildingWork to convert the J&M and Metropole Buildings into boutique hotels that will be managed jointly.

 

Fire Station 22 is shaping up!

The last of the full fire station replacement projects funded by a 2003 levy is taking shape on north Capitol Hill.

 

Korean firm plans complex

Harbor Avenue Campus will contain 15 apartments as well as a design center for Youngone Corp., a manufacturer of sports gear and outdoor apparel.

 

SSF joins MBA

Swenson Say Faget is proud to be a new member of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties … read more +

 

Eight-story project on West Roy

An eight-story mixed-use building with 113 residential units, retail, office space and 125 parking units below grade is awaiting site rezoning by the City of Seattle.

 

Security Properties Spring District Project

The long-awaited Spring District is taking shape!

 

Summer 2016 SSF New Hires

Swenson Say Faget continues to grow.

 

SMPS Seattle

Heidi Maki continues to serve as Treasurer for SMPS Seattle, a professional association for A/E/C industry marketers.

 

Plaza Roberto Maestas Opens

The two-building complex provides housing for families earning 30 to 60 percent of area median income, or $24,000-$49,000 a year.

 

CWD / Novo Apartments

by Lynn Porter, Journal Staff Reporter Chad Duncan must be one heck of a Monopoly player. At age 24, long … read more +

 

Cascadia Art Museum / Salish Landing

Museum founder Lindsey Echelbarger says the open layout and high ceilings make the former Edmonds Safeway “a spectacular museum space.”

 

Seattle City Light's Training Center

The training center will be on 4.5 acres near the Duwamish River and Duwamish substation.

 

Eleanor Apartments

Construction begins September 2016 on the Mercy Housing’s Eleanor Apartments in Bellingham. When completed in fall 2017, the housing project will have 80 one-bedroom apartments for low-income seniors.

 

Penrose Hotel in Walla Walla

Located in the heart of downtown, the Penrose project includes the historic renovation of the existing 3-story YMCA Building as well as a 4-story addition.

 

Tavolata Capitol Hill

Chef Ethan Stowell’s latest restaurant, Tavolata Capitol Hill, is in the Dunn Motors Building at 501 E. Pike St. in Seattle. … read more +

 

YMCA West Seattle

The YMCA recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for an $8 million remodel and expansion of the West Seattle branch at 4515 36th Ave. S.W. … read more +

 

SSF wins Best Website!

SSF wins 2016 Best Website!

 

Walter Cooper Barn Restoration

Principal, Greg Coons, co-authored an article with Jennifer Mortenson from the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation about the Walter Cooper Barn … read more +

 

LIHI to build 43-unit Olympia project

Billy Frank Jr Place Groundbreaking – affordable housing for homeless population coming to downtown Olympia

 

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Plymouth Church Renovation

The historic Plymouth Church sanctuary renovation included the complex task of installing a $2 million pipe organ.

 

Live/work Apartment Complex

19 new units at Bridge Way North apartments

 

URM Building Policy Update

1164 URM buildings are on the City of Seattle’s list of structures that may require seismic upgrades.

 

SAF event on adaptive reuse

Seattle Architecture Foundation will hold a program titled “Recycled Cities|Adaptive Reuse” at 6:30 p.m. April 19 at Impact Hub Seattle, … read more +

 

Ballard Fire Station Reuse and Reduce

The 1970s building is 38 percent more efficient after a big renovation.

 

DeVoe II Veterans Housing

A new apartment building will further solidify an Olympia shelter’s status as a de facto hub for serving homeless veterans … read more +

 

Two SSF Promotions!

SSF Promotions

 

4th Yesler Terrace Building

The 4th affordable housing project for Yesler Terrace is out for bid.

 

Restoration of Des Moines Dining Hall

Historic dining hall receives structural restoration and renovation after earthquake and flood damage.

 

Issaquah Gateway Apartments

Crews began work earlier this month clearing and grading the site at 2290 Newport Way NW in preparation to pour … read more +

 

Bridges@11th

Bridges@11th, a new apartment complex in the University District, has earned LEED silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Security … read more +

 

Everett Apartments Win Awards

Well done ARC Architects and CDK Construction!

 

Angeline Opens in Columbia City

Angeline is ready to be leased!

 

Seattle Design Festival 2015

Swenson Say Faget proudly supports Design In Public’s Seattle Design Festival – Design for Equity. The design festival begins Saturday, September 12th … read more +

 

WA Park Arboretum Loop Trail

SSF worked with The Berger Partnership, City of Seattle and UW on this trail project through the arboretum.

 

Food Frenzy 2015

SSF supported Food Frenzy’s efforts to feed hungry children again this summer.

 

SMPS Seattle Board

Heidi Maki was elected to her 2nd term as Treasurer for SMPS Seattle.

 

The Really Big One

A candid article comparing the 2011 earthquake in Japan with a possible Cascadia Subduction Zone event.

 

SSF Adds Engineers

SSF welcomes Jim Carnes

 

Beryl Apartments, 12th & Pike

Tarragon, Ankrom Moisan, Compass Construction and SSF just completed an 88-unit market-rate project on Capitol Hill.

 

SMPS Seattle Reign Award Winners

Heidi Maki wins 2015 President’s Award

 

University VW/Audi wins ABC Award

University VW/Audi wins the 2015 Associated Builders and Contractor’s (ABC) award for Electrical and Communications.

 

US BioTek Wins Award

US BioTek wins the 2015 Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Health Care Award.

 

Angeline Apartments

This mixed-use project adds 193 apartment units and a PCC to the Columbia City neighborhood.

 

Seattle Office Welcomes Mat!

Team Addition to SSF

 

Micro Housing

Swenson Say Faget has extensive experience with micro housing projects on Capitol Hill and the U District.

 

Pearl on Oyster Bay

Formerly called Bay Vista, Pearl on Oyster Bay provides 80 units of senior housing.

 

Ferndale Library

new project for Whatcom County Library System

 

T&C Market Remodel

A 4-phase renovation to a Bainbridge Island grocery store.

 

Washington Park Arboretum Trail

Swenson Say Faget provided structural engineering for bridge designs that are part of this $8 million new multi-use trail for Seattle Parks and Recreation.

 

Fran's New Factory Opens

Frans Chocolates new manufacturing and headquarters facility in Georgetown.

 

Little Free Library

Got Books? Swenson Say Faget joined forces with Hilliard’s Beer to create a new Little Free Library to support Architects Without Borders.

 

Sky3 Place, Portland

Site demolition has begun for this new 15-story mixed-use project in Portland.

 

Pike Place Market

This $68 million seismic renovation improved safety of the market facilities without changing the market’s character.

 

Food Frenzy 2014

We are pleased to again work with Food Lifeline to feed hungry children this summer!

 

Fire Station 6 Design Commission Award

In June, Fire Station 6 opened at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Jackson Street, … read more +

 

BMW Expansion

Swenson Say Faget recently completed a 21,000 SF renovation of the BMW Northwest Dealership in Fife.

 

Sherman Clay Building Renovation

SSF was the structural engineer for the $3 million upgrade of this 1926 Neoclassical, historic building.

 

SSF Adds Staff

We are thrilled to have Ryan and Brian join our team!

 

Reuse of Yesler Steam Plant

The Epstein Opportunity Center is open! This is the first of several projects slated for the Yesler Terrace neighborhood.

 

Kubota Garden Pavilion

A new timber pavilion supported by a 3-sided stone wall for the Japanese Garden in the Rainier Beach Neighborhood.

 

McBryan ABC Award

Swenson Say Faget provided structural design for this Queen Anne home renovation.

 

Dan’s KUOW Interview

Why Some Building’s Aren’t Ready for ‘The Big One’

 

Domestic Violence Shelter Complete

This project expanded an existing 16-bed facility to 52 beds.

 

Bring McKenzie Home

Swenson Say Faget teamed with Ralph Allen of Grace Architects to provide structural engineering services for a family in need. … read more +

 

University VW/Audi Update

Freeway Motors’ University Volkswagen/Audi Expansion is well underway and due for completion in May 2015.

 

Plaza Roberto Maestas

This $41 million mixed-use project includes 114 units of affordable housing, a child development center, a community center and limited retail and office space.

 

SSF Promotions & Addition

We are pleased to announce several promotions and an addition to our team!

 

SSF New Assoc. Principals

Swenson Say Faget welcomes new faces to the ownership team!

 

Maple Leaf Reservoir Park

Maple Leaf Park expands from 5 to 21 acres.

 

Harbor View Manor Facelift

A stunning renovation of a 1968, 14-story affordable senior housing facility for ABHOW,

 

More New Staff

Swenson Say Faget hired 3 new team members to assist with increased work load

 

Renovation starting soon on Alaska Capitol

Due to the limited construction window in AK, this seismic upgrade / renovation project will span 4 summers.

 

SSF Adds Staff

Business continues to boom at Swenson Say Faget

 

Vashon Barn Transformed into Home

Dubbed “The Barnstorm Project”, one of Vashon’s original barn structures has been transformed into a 4,100-square-foot home for the owner of Macrina Bakery.

 

Dan Say – AIA Seattle Honorary Member

AIA Seattle Honorary Membership recognizes those not otherwise eligible for AIA membership who have contributed notably to achievement of the mission and goals of AIA Seattle.

 

Fire Station 20

Construction started June 27, 2013 on Fire Station #20 at 2800 15th Ave. W. in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood.

 

Gary Swenson Retires After 50 Years

After 50 years as a structural engineer in Seattle, founding principal at Swenson Say Fagét, Gary Swenson will retire next month.