Design Begins on Northgate Townhome Project

Posted by nk on February 12, 2016

NK’s design for a new urban townhome project on Roosevelt Way NE will promote walkability and enhance the streetscape with bright ground-floor commercial spaces. Developed by Noren Development, the 42,904 sf Built Green 4-star project will have twenty 3-bedroom units including 7 live/work and 13 townhomes with private rooftop terraces and access to a landscaped interior courtyard. The project’s elevated podium design reduces construction costs while providing at-grade parking for each unit and creating privacy for the upper floors. The project will be just a mile from a future light rail station, dining and shopping.

Construction is scheduled to begin fall 2016. Visit us on LinkedIn for more project updates.

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NK’s Team Grows with Four New Staff

Posted by nk on January 28, 2016

We are excited to welcome Leon Holloway, Project Manager; Emily Evenson, Project Architect; Alex Gallagos, Staff Architect, and Chris Anderson, Intern, to our team!

Leon Holloway brings 10+ years of multifamily and institutional project experience. He is passionate about applying his expertise in building code to shape the city’s future environmental landscape with durable cost-efficient high-performance projects. Leon is the President of the NOMA NW and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity.


Emily Evenson joined NK with five years of architecture and historic preservation experience. The breadth of her work has focused on mid-rise mixed-use residential projects, including the award-winning 12th Avenue Arts building in Capitol Hill. Her primary interests involve creating healthy living environments and preserving distinct urban neighborhood character.


Alex Gallagos joined NK to design living environments that achieve the highest sustainable standards for occupant health and comfort. His expertise includes both architecture and interior design for multifamily residential, retail, and hospitality projects. In his free time he designed and is constructing an off-the-grid tiny house from salvaged materials near the Olympic National Forest.

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Chris Anderson supports NK’s project managers, staff and project architects with graphic design and project research. She is working towards a degree in architecture with a particular interest in Passive House design. In her spare time, Chris enjoys printmaking, snowboarding, and home remodeling.

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Get to know the rest of our team on our People page.

Stream Fifteen Completed in Capitol Hill

Posted by nk on January 20, 2016

The recently completed Stream Fifteen is a welcomed addition to North Capitol Hill. The 34-unit apartment project achieves the difficult transition from commercial district to residential zones by using varying materials, modulation, color and bold massing elements.

Echoing the commercial district’s feel, NK’s design integrates dominant brick masonry, a vibrant two-story projecting bay, and a 3,400 sf continuous storefront commercial base anchoring the corner of 15th and Mercer. Contrasting materials, balconies, color and smaller scale massing offset the building’s upper residential floors.

Photo courtesy of Derek Reeves

Developed by Stream Real Estate LLC, units span well-equipped studios to 1-and-2-bedroom apartments. Residents have access to a 23-space below-grade parking garage, private outdoor spaces and a common rooftop deck with views.

Photo courtesy of Derek Reeves

Centrally located, Stream Fifteen features a Walk Score of 91. Pending LEED GOLD certification, sustainable features include energy efficient appliances and lighting fixtures, and no-VOC paints, adhesives and carpets.

Passive House in the News

Posted by nk on December 31, 2015

Every month we will be rounding up the best Passive House articles on the web and sharing them on our blog. Here are our top three for December.

Treehugger discussed why we should flip the Passive House message to lead with what consumers care about – health and comfort – instead of performance. We discussed the same idea in this blog post.

parkpassive11Seattle’s first certified Passive House provides its occupants optimal thermal comfort. Photo by Aaron Leitz Photography

Curbed New York noted that the city has 20 Passive House projects in the works and featured NYC’s first landmarked single-family Passive House.

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On the West Coast, inhabitat highlighted San Francisco’s first Passive House condominium project, a net zero building which also serves as its own microgrid.

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Touring the Alaskan Way Tunnel

Posted by nk on December 9, 2015

NK’s staff recently toured the Alaskan Way Tunnel project, a 2-mile replacement to the city’s outdated Alaskan Way Viaduct. When complete, the tunnel will carry SR 99, a major north/south throughway, underground from SoDo to the South Lake Union business hub. The project will also add important street-level pedestrian-friendly access while connecting Pioneer Square to the vibrant waterfront amenities.

Take a look at photos from the tour.

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Getting to Zero with Europe’s Passive House Expert

Posted by nk on November 16, 2015

We recently assembled the region’s high-performance building leaders – developers, architects, decision makers, and energy experts – during our Getting to Zero event, a presentation by Sebastian Moreno-Vacca, Europe’s foremost Passive House expert responsible for making his hometown of Brussels the most energy efficient city in the world. Under his council the city met 2030 energy neutral goals 15 years early.

Nearly 100 people joined us at The Kitchen by Delicatus in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square, where Sebastian shared insights on how Brussels implemented mandatory Passive House building code standards in 2015 without compromising great design or its economy. In 2007, Brussels embarked on moving past its sub-standard building practices and set out to build “Exemplary Buildings”– very low energy, economical, and beautiful. Since then the number of these buildings grew and the market was transformed, transitioning Passive House from a novelty, to a building code mandate.

Through the application of simple strategies including better building code and more financial incentives for Passive House and net zero projects, Seattle can also make energy neutral building the new normal.

Here are a few photos from the event.

Getting to Zero Team

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Park Passive Opens Doors for International Passive House Days

Posted by nk on November 10, 2015

Park Passive, Seattle’s first certified Passive House, will be open to the general public on Friday, November 13th as part of International Passive House Days, a worldwide open house event taking place this weekend. Affordable, comfortable, environmentally friendly—the Passive House embodies the best in sustainable construction. Typically, buildings meeting the Passive House Standard use 80 to 90 percent less energy for heating and cooling, savings far greater than any other building standard delivers.

All tours are free. Visitors may come anytime during the listed hours unless otherwise noted.

Tour Information:
Location: 211 E. Lee Street in Seattle’s Madison Park neighborhood
Contact: Rosa Folla
Note: Visitors are asked to remove shoes at the door.
Open: Friday, Nov. 13th, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Join us for Getting To Zero on October 30th

Posted by nk on October 20, 2015

NK Architects invites you for an evening with Sebastian Moreno-Vacca, of A2M Architects, to learn how Brussels met 2030 energy goals in 2015 without compromising its economy or great design.

When: October 30th, 5:00 pm
Where: NK’s offices at 310 1st Ave S in Pioneer Square
Why: Get inspired by proven high-performance design strategies!

RSVP to Leah Libow

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View Haus 5 Receives PHIUS Completion Award

Posted by nk on October 13, 2015

We’re excited that View Haus 5, Seattle’s first Passive House-constructed townhomes placed first in the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) Completion Awards. Developed by Cascade Built, NK’s resident Passive House expert, Joe Giampietro, served as the project’s Passive House Consultant and was at the annual conference to accept the award. Net-zero ready, View Haus 5 sets the bar for future high-performance projects of its kind. The future-proof project delivers healthy indoor air, thermal comfort and quiet in the city’s urban core. View Haus 5 was designed by b9 Architects.


The PHIUS Completion Award recognizes the best certified Passive House projects in the US, exemplifying passive building practices, and accelerating adoption of passive building in the North American marketplace.

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