H2O mural featured in Seattle Times
Posted by nk on May 8, 2013
The Seattle Times chronicled the latest addition to our H2O Apartments project––a courtyard mural by Edmonds, WA-based artist Andy Eccleshall. Check out the rest of the photos at the Seattle Times website.
A NEW PARTNERSHIP: NK SELECTED TO WORK WITH HARBOR URBAN
Posted by nk on March 27, 2013
We are thrilled to announce that we have been selected to work with Harbor Urban on their upcoming 158-unit mixed-use project in Wallingford. Harbor Urban has a long history in Seattle and is known for its investment in the local community and reputation for developing high-quality projects. The developer shares our commitment to sustainability, urban density, and innovative design, and we look forward to collaborating with them to create unique, desirable places for people to live and work in Seattle. The project seeks to fill a missing gap along the vibrant retail corridor that runs east to west along N 45th St., connecting the traditional character of old Wallingford to the new mixed use structures and retail along Stone Way. Construction is expected start in early 2014.
ARCHITECTS AND DEVELOPERS: H2O NOW LEASING
Posted by nk on February 18, 2013
H2O Apartments is NK’s first multi-family project in which it served as the designer and developer, with NK founders Brandon Nicholson and Shanna Kovalchick as partial owners. The 45-unit building has been completed and is now leasing. Located in Lower Queen Anne at 2nd Ave N and Harrison St., H2O is targeting LEED® for Homes Gold certification. H2O’s sustainable design features includeexterior walkways throughout the building, improved natural lighting and ventilation, a green roof and rain garden to provide filtration to storm water, and low-VOC finishes for healthier indoor air quality. The building’s central urban location boasts a Walk Score of 89, enabling its residents to benefit from abundant amenities just steps from their front door.
BUILDING COMMUNITY: THE NK TEAM REACHES OUT
Posted by nk on January 2, 2013
As we settle into our new office space in Pioneer Square, we feel it’s important to introduce ourselves to our new neighbors. To that end, the NK team recently had the opportunity to spend some time volunteering at the Bread of Life Mission. The Mission, established in 1939, provides a variety of services, including shelter, clothing, and hot meals, to homeless individuals and families in the Seattle area. While volunteering to help with their daily lunch service and some administrative tasks, the staff of NK enjoyed the opportunity to meet the Mission’s staff and patrons. We look forward to continuing our involvement in our new neighborhood and the broader community in the months and years to come.
LOOKING AHEAD: BREAKING GROUND AND LEASING UP
Posted by nk on December 14, 2012
NK has been involved with many interesting projects this year and, as the end of the year approaches, we’d like to provide you with a snapshot of the projects currently in our pipeline. There are a total of 329 units in the Ballard and Queen Anne neighborhoods that are scheduled to be completed and available for lease in early 2013, and our first certified passive single-family house, which is located in Madison Park, is scheduled to be completed in the spring. Construction on an additional 407 units in Belltown, Capitol Hill, and West Seattle either began recently or will begin soon. We’re excited to be involved with each of these projects and will continue to share updates as they move toward completion.
POLICY UPDATE: CITY OF SEATTLE NOW REQUIRING INSPECTIONS OF RENTAL UNITS
Posted by nk on November 2, 2012
Last month, the Seattle City Council passed an ordinance creating the Rental Housing Registration and Inspection Program, which will be administered by the Department of Planning and Development. This program requires all owners of rental housing units, including both single-family houses and multi-family apartment buildings, to be registered with the City every five years and inspected periodically to ensure that all rental units meet basic standards of habitability. This is a significant change from the previous complaint-based system in which the City would dispatch an inspector only after a potential violation was reported.
The following schedule applies for the initial registration of rental properties:
- By July 1, 2014, all properties with 10 or more rental housing units
- By December 31, 2014, all properties with 5 to 9 rental housing units
- By December 31, 2016, all properties with 1 to 4 rental housing units
All registered properties will be inspected within the first ten years of the program. Five years after its first required inspection, a property may again be subject to inspection.
In multi-unit properties with 20 or fewer units, two units must be inspected. In properties with more than 20 units, 15 percent of the units will be inspected up to a maximum of 50.
More information on the program, including a list of property types that are exempt from the inspection requirement, is available here.
THANK YOU FOR CELEBRATING WITH US!
Posted by nk on October 1, 2012
We were pleased so many of you were able to join us recently at the open house in our new office space in Pioneer Square. It was an opportunity to celebrate our move and, more importantly, host the many clients, collaborators, and friends who have been instrumental to NK’s success over the years. We’re excited to be implementing our plans to expand our operations and we feel fortunate we have the talent and capacity to take on the many new projects that are coming our way. We look forward to developing additional opportunities and partnerships in the near future.
MAKING ROOM FOR LIGHT RAIL: A MOVING STORY
Posted by nk on September 27, 2012
NK was recently involved in the relocation of four existing townhouses to clear the future site of Sound Transit’s Roosevelt light rail station. Working in collaboration with Nickel Bros. and the Roosevelt Development Group, NK architects designed new ground floor units for the transplanted townhouses to be placed upon, and also developed the site plan and secured the permits for the new site, which is just four blocks away from their previous location.
Photo courtesy of Ravenna Blog
The project prevented the demolition of relatively new, habitable structures and diverted an estimated 320 tons of construction materials from area landfills. This technically complex project was featured on KOMO and KIRO news, and several more amazing photos can be viewed on the Ravenna Blog.
Photo courtesy of Ravenna Blog
VISIT OUR NEW DIGS! YOU’RE INVITED TO THE NK OPEN HOUSE
Posted by nk on September 17, 2012
We’re excited to announce that NK recently moved into a new office in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood. The new space is much larger than our previous office, which will allow room for gradual expansion of our operations, and it has improved facilities for meetings with our clients and partners.
In celebration of our new home, we’re hosting an open house on Wednesday, September 19th, from 4:30 to 8:30pm and we hope you’ll join us. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP here.
Daily Journal of Commerce: Triad to start two U District apartment projects next year
Posted by nk on August 30, 2012
The DJC recently spotlighted two upcoming NK projects with Triad Capital Partners. Both projects are apartment buildings featuring all-studio units in the University District, near a new group of dormitories being constructed by the University of Washington. Read the entire article here.