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Bridle Trails Welcome Station

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is scheduled to review a request for a land classification change necessary to build a welcome station and environmental education classroom at horse-friendly Bridle Trails State Park.

 

Whidbey Endangered Places

Two historic structures on Whidbey Island, the Coupeville Wharf and a 19th century log cabin near Langley — have been added to the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation’s Most Endangered Places list.

 

Vancouver's Post Hospital

During the RevitalizeWA conference in Vancouver, I attended a walking tour of Vancouver’s Post Hospital. Its abundant potential was immediately evident.

 

New Star View Plaza

The development will have two single-story buildings with space for six retail tenants.

 

Stone Way Auto

Stone Way Auto is a 10,000-square-foot community event space located in a former manufacturing building at 3621 Stone Way, between … read more +

 

New Life Housing

New Life Housing Apartments on Shiloh Baptist Church property in Tacoma.

 

Songbird Apartments

Songbird receives master use permit for apartments at 119 12th Ave.

 

Meadowdale Beach Park

Anchor QEA’s Meadowdale project receives National ACEC recognition.

 

2023 Team Update

SSF announced three promotions and four new hires.

 

St. Luke's Redevelopment

The St. Luke’s Redevelopment includes market-rate apartments, affordable apartments, and a new church.

 

Swift 4200 Apartments

Jan. 23 will mark the likely final design review for Nitze-Stagen’s planned apartment building at 4200 S. Webster Street.

 

HopTown Pizza in Sunnyside

Graham Baba designed the HopTown Wood-Fired Pizza renovation in Sunnyside.

 

Garden House Renovation

The Garden House has been a fixture of Beacon Hill since 1886.

 

Scriber Place Affordable Housing

Designs Northwest Architects and ARC Architects are designing the 52-unit housing project for Housing Hope.

 

Francesca makes 40 Under 40 list

The 40 Under 40 list comprises A/E/C professionals from across the U.S.

 

Pride Place Opens

Community Roots Housing last week officially opened Pride Place at 1519 Broadway on Capitol Hill.

 

Tukwila FS #51 wins FIERO Award

Weinstein A+U’s Tukwila Fire Station 51 has received national recognition at the 2023 FIERO Fire Station Design Awards.

 

Elizabeth Thomas Homes

Elizabeth Thomas Homes is a 150,000 SF with 119 units in Rainier Beach.

 

7 Seas Brewery

7 Seas replaced the Green Turtle Restaurant and was designed by Ferguson Architecture.

 

URM Update October 2023

The SDCI published this blog post about the current status of the URM ordinance and the next steps.

 

Fremont units enter design review.

Fremont Apartments 4401 Fremont Ave. N. near final form with pending design review September 11th.

 

The Reed Apartments

Demolition began in May for The Reed Apartments in Fremont.

 

Lusty Lady Development

The 133-year-old building appears bound for demolition.

 

Overlake Mixed-use

This 233-unit project is walking distance to the future Overlake Village Link Light Rail Station.

 

Ethiopian Village

Ethiopian Village is a five-story affordable senior housing development and community center at 8323 Rainier Ave. S.

 

Ballard units nearing final form

84 affordable units in Ballard, at the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church property nears final form at design review.

 

Housing Hope ELC Project

Madrona Highlands has 52 units across four connected buildings.

 

760 Aloha, open for tenants

Contractor R Miller began work on the 760 Aloha St. office conversion project in December of 2021. And last month, … read more +

 

SDCI drafts URM ordinance

The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) has completed a draft URM Technical Standard for a mandatory retrofit program.

 

S'Klallam Tribe Hatchery

The new hatchery building will be elevated on auger-cast concrete piles.

 

Arts & Events Hall opening

SSF project with LMN architects the Port Angeles Field Arts & Events Hall is scheduled to open in July.

 

Sand Point Cottages

This community of 22 cottages is located in Seattle’s Sand Point/Magnusson Park.

 

Totem Lake Park Award of Honor

Totem Lake Park, an ecological centerpiece for a re-envisioned neighborhood.

 

BLOCK Project Expansion

The innovative BLOCK Project is growing in Seattle and expanding to other states.

 

Two New SSF Shareholders

SSF is excited to announce the promotion of Francesca Renouard and Lori DeBoer to Associate Principals.

 

SummerHill Apartments

SummerHill is planning a new seven-story, 258-unit apartment project at 14927 Aurora in Shoreline.

 

WA female engineers elevate industry

Washington female engineers are elevating built environment and company cultures like SSF’s Project Manager, Francesca Renouard.

 

Copperworks in Kenmore

Copperworks’ newest tasting room will be located along the Burke-Gilman trail in Kenmore.

 

South Whidbey Community Center

The exterior of the new community center features the largest mural on South Whidbey Island.

 

SoDo based distillery expands

SoDo-based Westland Distillery in Seattle, Washington, expands to the Skagit Valley.

 

Redondo affordable units break ground

Federal Way affordable housing project Redondo Heights, broke ground.

 

Green Lake library closed for retrofit

Seattle’s Green Lake branch closed for renovations and won’t reopen until early 2024.

 

Historic Garage at 1617 Boylston

The former automotive garage dates back to 1921.

 

Staff Update

Swenson Say Fagét Structural Engineers announced two promotions in Seattle and Tacoma and six new hires in the Seattle office.

 

Cherry Street Mixed-Use Project

Cherry Street Mixed-use is a four-story apartment building with 30 units over retail/commercial space.

 

Bridge Way Apartments

The Bridge Way apartments are organized through a series of orthogonal rectangular volumes set across the site.

 

Burwell Apartments

Work is finished on the Burwell Apartments, located at 1010 Burwell in Bremerton.

 

1140 NW Market Apartments

The old Ballard KFC was razed for an 86-unit SEDU apartment building.

 

Pacific Ridge Apartments

Harbor Custom Development teamed with Graves + Associates and Accrete Construction on Pacific Ridge Apartments .

 

800 E Denny Apartments

The YWCA purchased 800 E Denny and will rent to households earning 30% or less of the area median income.

 

Koz on MLK

Koz Development recently received design approval for this 131-unit apartment project.

 

Fremont View Apartments

Shoring is being constructed for a 29-unit addition to Fremont View Apartments.

 

Port Angeles Hall resumes construction

Construction resumes on the delayed $50 million Port Angeles Arts and Events Hall. The project is set to be complete July 2023.

 

ACE Mentorship Program

SSF proudly supports the ACE Mentorship Program which helps high school students get hands on experience in the AEC industry.

 

Vitus Office Renovation

A seismic upgrade and extensive interior renovation are underway for office and retail space at 2607 Second Avenue in Belltown.

 

Northaven Senior Living Opens

Northaven Senior Living earlier this month held an opening ceremony for its 82-unit Northaven West senior housing project.

 

University Carnegie Library Renovation

This building dates back to 1910 and was declared a historic landmark in 2001.

 

Geddis Building In Ellensburg

Swenson Say Faget Donor Focus Article – WA Trust for Historic Preservation Magazine

 

4515 44th Ave Apartments

Blueprint Capital will develop a 43-unit SEDU project at 4515 44th Ave. S.W. replacing two small commercial buildings.

 

New First Citizens Bank TI

This 7,775-square-foot First Citizen’s Bank branch is one of many businesses that occupy the commercial space at Brewery Blocks.

 

Heidi Maki joins DBIA NW Board

Involvement in DBIA NW is a key component to building relationships with AEC businesses that do design-build work.

 

SPL's Carnegie Libraries

SSF has provided structural engineering studies, design, and/or retrofit work on all 6 SPL Carnegie libraries.

 

SSF New Hires

Swenson Say Fagét structural engineers announced nine new hires in three offices.

 

Phinney Ridge Condos

A small midrise infill project at 6817 Greenwood Ave. N. is planned on a midblock property in Phinney Ridge.

 

Seattle Bouldering Project - U District

The University National Bank Building was designated a city landmark in 2021.

 

Bryant Manor in Squire Park

Bryant Manor affordable housing complex planned for 1801 E. Yesler Way with First A.M.E. Housing Association.

 

Construction begins on The Southard

Homestead Community Land Trust broke ground last week on 18 homes in Tukwila.

 

Bremer Apartments Wins Award

The Bremer Apartments won an award for Outstanding Stewardship at Historic Seattle’s 2022 Preservation Awards.

 

LIHI Dockside - Green Lake Apts.

Spud Fish & Chips sold their Green Lake site in 2017 with the stipulation that they return upon completion of this project.

 

In Memoriam: Gary Swenson

Founding partner, Gary Swenson, 83, passed away on April 22, 2022, at his home in San Diego.

 

Green Lake Library Upgrades

The historically landmarked Green Lake Branch of the Seattle Public Library is set for a seismic upgrade and renovations.

 

GeekWire Awards 2022 - Pallet Shelter

Coverage of the 2022 GeekWire Awards, presented by Astound Business Solutions, the Pacific NW’s annual startup and technology awards.

 

Columbia City Apartments

Sound Real Estate Development is planning a five-story, 89-unit apartment building in Columbia City.

 

Metropole Begins Construction

Construction fencing has gone up around the long-vacant, fire-gutted and earthquake-damaged Metropole Building in Pioneer Square.

 

University Prep ULab

Construction has begun on a new 39,000 SF building for University Prep.

 

Sedro-Woolley Library

The new 12,000 SF Sedro-Woolley Library, located at 110 W. State St., opened last summer.

 

Sunset Gardens Apartments

RHA’s new affordable housing for veterans, persons with disabilities, and seniors.

 

Illume Church Renovation and Expansion

In November, Illume Church will begin a 10,000-square-foot, 3-story campus expansion.

 

TOD - Redondo Heights

When I say transit-oriented development (TOD), most think of those sexy, sexy light-rail stations where new apartments are bursting from … read more +

 

Wallingford Chronicle Apts

Blueprint Capital is building the new Chronicle apartments at 4417 Wallingford Ave. North.

 

SSF Promotions

Swenson Say Fagét Structural Engineers (SSF) announced eight recent promotions. Chardie Byrne was promoted to managing principal/operations. She joined SSF … read more +

 

New Central WA Office

Structural Engineers Swenson Say Fagét (SSF) opened a new Central Washington office. The new space is in the historic Clymer … read more +

 

Railspur 419 Occidental Complete

419 Occidental is the former FX McRory’s building. At eight stories the project’s stair tower is currently the tallest CLT structure in Seattle.

 

First Hill - Sound Flats

Sound Flats began in 2017, under the old zoning, then gained an extra story with more units.

 

Plymouth Housing project named in honor of late colleague opens

Originally called 2+U, Plymouth Housing’s Kristin Benson Place is open!

 

Pride Place Groundbreaking

SSF is the structural engineer for Pride Place, a 118-unit, seven story, affordable housing development in the heart of Capitol Hill.

 

Kiwanis Methow Park

The new 874-square-foot kiosko is intended to anchor the park.

 

SSF Team Update

Swenson Say Fagét announced two new hires, Laura Nettesheim and Teagan Allen. Nettesheim, PE joined SSF/Seattle after 5 years of … read more +

 

Centerline Apartments

Centerline is a seven-story mixed-use development at 6505 15th Ave. N.E. in Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood. It has 235 residential units, … read more +

 

Metropole 2.0

With architect BuildingWork, the nonprofit Satterberg Foundation intends to renovate and expand its vacant, derelict Metropole Building, which is just … read more +

 

Owen Beach Park Improvements

A new shared-use pavilion will be framed with cross-laminated timber.

 

760 Aloha Office Building

The new addition will have a dramtic open stair facing Aloha, and a terrace with views of Lake Union.

 

Revel Issaquah

The Wolff Company built the five-story, 146-unit project, with Exxel Pacific as the general contractor and VIA Architecture.

 

Genesee Flats

New West Seattle SEDUs – small efficiency dwelling units.

 

The Clay - LIHI

LIHI is buying The Clay Apartments, a seven-story, 76-unit apartment project on Capitol Hill.

 

Ponte in Ballard

This project received a SEPA determination of non-significance, which clears an important hurdle to securing a master user permit.

 

Northaven III Senior Living

This new building will be Northaven’s third on its Northgate campus

 

Summit Flats

Summit Flats is a new 91-unit multi-family building at 1103 Summit Ave. in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood. The 36,000-square-foot building … read more +

 

Uwajimaya TI

The 35,000 SF tenant improvement project provides an updated look and feel. Construction costs topped $10 million.

 

Cowen Park Place

Cowen Park Cafe. The neighborhood favorite business will return to its old corner location after construction.

 

5409 Leary Ave. NW

In this view, looking west toward Old Ballard, the two small buildings at left will remain; only a surface parking lot will be replaced.

 

Urban Visions Pioneer Square Apts

Landowner Urban Visions and partner Johnson Carr are planning a new apartment building for the vacant pit at 165 S. … read more +

 

Compass Health Supportive Housing

Leaders and crews ceremonially placed the final structural beam in the $26 million five-story building.

 

Tukwila Fire Station 51

This is the first of two new fire stations being built under a 2016 bond measure to improve public safety infrastructure.

 

2020 Historic Seattle Award

With nearly 4 decades of experience in structural engineering and design for historic buildings, it’s only fitting that Dan is Historic Seattle’s 2020 Preservation Champion.

 

8105 Greenwood Apartments

The 66-unit project on Greenwood is one of two affordable housing projects that Inland Group will build.

 

Tukwila's two new fire stations

The new stations will improve the health, safety and mental well-being of firefighters, and project a sense of permanence, reliability and protection.

 

Twegashe School

Disparities in educational access and quality between rural and urban areas in Tanzania put rural communities at a serious disadvantage, … read more +

 

Tinte Cellars Georgetown opens this fall

Tinte Cellars in late fall will open a new tasting room and event venue at 5951 Airport Way S. in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood.

 

University Prep

University Prep’s expansion site is west across 25th Avenue Northeast from its 2.5-acre campus in North Seattle.

 

Arcadia House

Arcadia has 15 beds of transitional housing and a 12-bed emergency shelter.

 

Work resumes on PA Arts Center

Structural shear walls are going up on the site near the Port Angeles ferry terminal.

 

Nuestra Señora del Rosario

Evan Speer traveled to the Philippines in September 2019, to the small island of Bohol to support the historic preservation … read more +

 

Nitze-Stagen fine-tunes plan for SLU

Nitze-Stagen hasn’t announced a start date or leasing brokers for the six-story project, which includes a renovation and addition.

 

Ethiopian Village Senior Housing

The 90-unit Ethiopian Village will house seniors earning up to 60% of area median income.

 

Cone Architecture's New Office

Tim Carter and Greg Squires met in the architectural master’s program of the University of Washington College of Built Environments … read more +

 

Railspur in Pioneer Square

The project is called RailSpur, in reference to an abandoned freight line that runs transversely through the block, which is bounded by South Jackson and South King streets, and First and Occidental avenues South.

 

Promotions!

Lots of promotions at SSF!

 

SSF Additions

More new hires at Swenson Say Faget.

 

Burwell Apartments

The 25-unit Burwell Apartments will be within walking distance of Bremerton’s waterfront.

 

On the Block: Metropole

Metropole is being designing for cowork office space for nonprofits and will include a child care center, meeting/events space with commercial kitchen.

 

Plymouth Housing 2+M

Plymouth Housing today celebrated the groundbreaking of an affordable housing development in downtown to deliver 91 permanent housing apartments for adults who have previously experienced homelessness.

 

Koz on Market

A new apartment building in Tacoma by Koz Development will make half its 104 units available to homeless and low-income … read more +

 

Jewel Box Cabin

A compact but impactful cabin with a Pacific Northwest flavor takes full advantage of stunning lake and forest views.

 

NAIOP Night of the Stars Winner

NAIOP’s 2019 annual Night of the Stars awards gala was held at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. SSF was thrilled to … read more +

 

Port Angeles Arts and Events Center

Field Arts and Events Hall will redefine the city’s waterfront and spur economic development.

 

ULI Award - Plaza Roberto Maestas

The institute recognized Plaza Roberto Maestas for using best practices in affordable housing development.

 

Spud / Green Lake Mixed-use

Blueprint Capital will replace the 1959 Spud Fish & Chips in Green Lake with a six-story apartment building. The restaurant will return to the new building.

 

2218 First Belltown Project

Four years ago, GEM Real Estate Partners paid about $1.75 million for a midblock site at 2218 First Ave. in … read more +

 

Interning with SSF

From in-depth engineering lessons, I feel armed with the intrigue to apply in my upcoming senior year classes.

 

New Project and Staff Engineers

In Seattle, structural engineering firm Swenson Say Faget hired Holly Ashford as a staff engineer. In Tacoma, they hired Taylor … read more +

 

Poulsbo's Centennial Building

Crabtree Kitchen + Bar is one of several local businesses housed in The Centennial.

 

Dick’s Drive-In

Dick’s has been serving up “the best food, at the best price, in the shortest time” since 1954!

 

CITC new home in Renton

CITC will add a second story to the building, which will house about 20 staff members. The renovation will also include new lab and classroom space.

 

Red Cedar Apts Complete

Seattle Housing Authority says it has replaced more than half of Yesler’s 561 older low-income public housing units.

 

Home At Last

The YWCA’s Home At Last apartments are located at South Fourth Street and Broadway for victims of domestic violence.

 

Tumwater’s Old Brewhouse Tower

In 2016, the Tower was gifted to the City of Tumwater with the understanding that the City would take action to save and preserve the historic structure before it’s too late.

 

701 Valley Street Apartments

The updated plans for the building include changes to the materials and eye-level details for how the tower meets the street.

 

SSF Additions and Promotions

Seattle-based structural engineering firm Swenson Say Faget (SSF) promoted Lori DeBoer to senior project manager and Randy James to drafting … read more +

 

Bellingham Building wins AIA WA Award

2018 Merit Award- AIA/WA Civic Design Awards The Bellingham Federal Building Renovation won a 2018  AIA Washington Council Civic Design … read more +

 

Fire Station 22 Wins 2 AIA Merit Awards

We are proud to announce that the new Seattle Fire Station 22 received two AIA Merit Awards – from AIA … read more +

 

602 Flats on Capitol Hill

602 Flats is a new four-story/four-unit apartment building on Capitol Hill.

 

Impact Charter School

“We didn’t randomly pick Tukwila, we set out on a listening tour in different communities across the South Puget Sound Region where we met with community leaders and knocked on doors,” Wickens explained.

 

Grainger expands 1919 warehouse

The three-story addition to the old two-story Antique Liquidators warehouse received a certificate of occupancy this month.

 

New Hopelink facility to open in Redmond

The 28,000-square-foot, $14.2 million facility will house Hopelink’s administrative team, along with its Redmond client services staff and food bank.

 

SMPS Reign Award winners picked

The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Seattle chapter announced the winners of its 2018 Reign Awards.

 

SSF Team Update

In Seattle, the structural engineering firm Swenson Say Faget promoted Robert Henry to senior project manager, Sean Johnson, Mat Johnson, … read more +

 

Sound Flats: 78 units near Yesler Terrace

Workshop AD is designing the seven-story building at 157 12th Avevue for Kamiak Real Estate and Umtanum Build.

 

AGC Award for BLOCK Project

The BLOCK Project builds tiny houses for people experiencing homelessness.

 

Super Bueno Opens Today on Stone Way

Ethan and Angela Stowell have been busy—first a downtown Italian haunt, now a supremely casual family friendly taco hangout.