Archive Oct. 2017

6
Oct

In Case You Missed the Ice Box Challenge Last Week

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Last week, a crowd gathered in Occidental Square to gawk at two chunks of ice. The ice had been melting for 20 days, but one block had melted much faster than the other. The event attracted a crowd because the ice blocks were part of an exhibit dubbed the Ice Box Challenge*. There were two […]

28
Sep

Passive House: A Not-So-Passive Approach to Green Building

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Those of us who care about climate change don’t think of ourselves as very “passive” about it. Actively participating in making a positive impact is what the green building standard Passive House is all about.  One of the most rigorous energy efficiency certifications for buildings, Passive House buildings are designed to be extremely airtight and […]

22
Sep

Grouparchitect welcomes our first Certified Passive House Consultants

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Grouparchitect is proud to announce that Gavin Erickson AIA and Andrea Detweiler have earned the title of Certified Passive House Consultants as awarded by the Passive House Institute US. Passive House is one of the most rigorous green building standards and results in a healthier indoor environment and long-term cost savings. To learn more, visit […]

19
Apr

NW Green Tour – April 2017

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The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild is having their annual Northwest Green Home Tour on April 29-30. This event promotes and educates the public on sustainable design with new green homes and energy retrofits. Everyone is welcome to join the tour and engage with the designers and builders of these households at various locations in Columbia City, […]

23
Jan

PNA Home Fair 2017

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The 19th Annual Home Design & Remodel Fair offers the resources to get ready for any new construction or home modifications. The +50 exhibitors provide one-on-one conversations, ranging from navigating the City of Seattle permit process to seismic home retrofit recommendations. You’ll have the opportunity to hear from home-organizing experts, meet specialty contractors, government agencies […]

18
Jul

Mountainside Yoga Studio

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This free-standing yoga studio will be set amongst the trees and boulders at Mountainside at Northstar Lake Tahoe, California. Its heavy timber framing and rich material palette reflects the surrounding mountains. A large deck allows the yoga classes to spill into the outdoors. Due to the cold climate, the building’s orientation, glazing, and shading is […]

4
Jul

Beacon Hill – Rowhouses

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The existing site was subdivided to accommodate two townhomes and a single family residence on the opposing side. The two sites were designed simultaneously to coherently maximize the square footages according to each household and its needs. Each townhouse unit has an attached garage and a guest room on the ground floor. The second level […]

13
Jun

The Mercantile – Construction Progress – June 2016

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Level 3’s PT slab was poured earlier this month, allowing the wood framing construction to begin. There is a 2 story elevation change from the west side of the property, off of 102nd Ave NE, to the east side of the property.  The topography meets the third floor on the east end of the building, […]

23
May

The Mercantile – Construction Progress – May 2016

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The Level 3 post-tension slab is being laid out this week.  The back of the structure is beginning to emerge above ground.The supporting deck is assembled with some shoring along the edges.The concrete walls’ framework and shoring is occupying majority of floor space on site.  The image on the left displays where the new construction […]

18
Apr

The Mercantile – Construction Progress – April 2016

Apartment, Bothell, construction, Multifamily, progress, pt slab, slab on grade, The Mercantile | Comments Off on The Mercantile – Construction Progress – April 2016

The slab on grade is complete on the Mercantile site, located in Bothell.  The concrete columns are erected at the ground level.  Soon after, the level 2 deck was prepped for a concrete pour.The forms were constructed and lined with reinforced bars and ties, as illustrated in the image below.  The formwork for the concrete […]

18
Apr

Sibling House – 2016

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The local non-profit organization Sibling House has neared the 300 home milestone serving over 800 children within their network of foster care households.  Learn how you can make a difference in the lives of local children at http://siblinghouse.org/ and keep up with ongoing events and news at http://siblinghouse.org/newsletter/ Grouparchitect announced in April 2009 a unique […]

11
Apr

Design Review Board Welcomes Emily McNichols

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We are happy to announce Emily McNichols’ appointment as a City of Seattle Design Review Board member! Emily is a Senior Project Architect at Grouparchitect and has demonstrated strong leadership and skill in the office. Our team is proud of her achievement and knows that she will be a valuable asset to the members of […]

30
Mar

Auldbrass Plantation Tour & Benefit Dinner for the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy

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Brian Palidar and his wife Christine had the chance to participate in a private tour in March of the Auldbrass Plantation in Yamassee, South Carolina to benefit the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. The Conservancy puts on a limited number of private tours of Wright’s works in order to increase awareness of his work and […]

22
Mar

The Mercantile – Construction Progress – March 2016

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Over the past couple weeks the construction team has been pouring the remaining columns of the subgrade garage. The foundation and footings are complete and the second level PT slab will be poured in the next couple weeks.Keep updated with the Mercantile project by clicking here.

15
Mar

Capitol Hill Remodel – Completion

A remodel to a home on the east side of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood overlooking the Washington Park Arboretum.  Improvements include updating and repairing the exterior with a new modern façade with durable materials over a rainscreen system, enclosing a covered porch, window and door replacements, a new kitchen and updated finishes and fixtures in […]

7
Mar

Nathan Groth Earns Licensure

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Grouparchitect is proud to announce that another member of our design team has earned licensure this year. Nathan Groth obtained his architectural license for Washington State this past January. We look forward to seeing more projects lead by Nathan. To view Nathan’s current work, click here.

29
Feb

The Mercantile – Construction Progress – February 2016

Apartment, Bothell, Breaking ground, construction, Demo, Demolition, Multifamily, Residential, The Merc, The Mercantile | Comments Off on The Mercantile – Construction Progress – February 2016

The Mercantile is starting to take form.  The footings were completed and the columns are being erected at the lower levels.  The construction teams are proceeding to build the concrete garage walls and mapping the plumbing where pipes will puncture through concrete floor slabs and walls.We are excited to see the next steps for The […]

22
Feb

Gavin Erickson Earns Licensure

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Grouparchitect is proud to announce that one of our long standing members has earned his architecture license in Washington State. Gavin Erickson has been with Grouparchitect for 9 years, leading many projects from single family remodels to mixed-use developments. To view more projects Gavin has worked on, click here.

25
Jan

The Mercantile – Construction Progress – January 2016

Apartment, Bothell, construction, Demolition, excavation, foundation, grading, Multifamily, progress, The Mercantile | Comments Off on The Mercantile – Construction Progress – January 2016

The images illustrate the progress made over these past couple of weeks. The excavation process is complete on The Mercantile, a multifamily project located in Bothell. The construction teams have poured the footings and have erected the temporary shoring walls around the perimeter of the building. They are beginning to construct the subgrade garage walls.The […]

28
Dec

The Mercantile – Construction Progress – December 2015

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The Mercantile located in Bothell, WA has completed demolition of the existing commercial building. The historic unreinforced masonry façade has been preserved along 102nd ave and the rest of the site has been cleared and graded.We are excited to see the next steps for The Mercantile, keep track of the construction progress by clicking here.