NK wins Green Builder® Home of the Year Award

Posted by nk on December 15, 2014

We are proud to share news that Stream Belmont, our Net Zero constructed multi-family project in Capitol Hill, as received the Green Builder® Home of the Year Award for Best Infill Project. Designed by Jill Burdeen and Lauren McCunney for Stream Real Estate LLC, Stream Belmont is on track to earn LEED-H Gold certification. The project’s sustainable features include a reverse cycle air-to-water chiller that is 75% more efficient than a traditional boiler, and achieved its net zero carbon footprint as a founding partner in Forterra’s C3 program. The Green Builder® Home of the Year Award recognizes the best in green building and design nationally, promoting whole home performance and integration with the natural environment.

*photo courtesy of Aaron Leitz Photography

“It’s an honor to receive this award alongside our longstanding client who shares our emphasis on energy efficient, high performance design,” said Tim Weyand, CEO of NK Architects. “Stream Belmont combines attractive design with sustainable building strategies to conserve resources, resulting in smarter, stronger and healthier communities.”

View the press release, and see the project in detail on its project page.

Windermere Educates Clients on Net-Zero and Passive House Standards

Posted by nk on November 26, 2014

To move the needle toward building higher performing cost-efficient projects, Seattle’s building industry will not only need to follow better energy standards, but implement greater methods of cross-market influence. That’s why we were excited to see that a leading voice in Seattle’s real estate market has taken notice of net-zero and Passive House building standards. Windermere Real Estate, one of the city’s largest real estate companies, recently featured the benefits of building to these standards in a broadly distributed client/broker newsletter.

To achieve better building standards that emphasize energy reduction, the city’s leading industry influencers will need to dedicate themselves to creating market demand through education, collaboration and benefits oriented messages that demonstrate the significant improvements to health, happiness and community these premium energy standards bring.

Windermere’s net-zero and Passive House spotlight is a great example of this type of collaboration and education. This coupled with future code changes and potential financial incentives could lead to a shift in perception and reality, making net-zero ready and Passive House construction the new standard for buildings in Seattle.

Attendees of our Eco Proforma breakfast event held last month discussed the topic. Read about our key takeaways here.

View the city’s first certified Passive House, Park Passive. Follow us on LinkedIn for updates.

NK Projects Recognized at the National Passive House Conference

Posted by nk on November 11, 2014

Joe-Giampietro2_nk_webJoe Giampietro, our resident Passive House expert, recently traveled to the National Passive House Conference (NPHC) in San Francisco. There he attended presentations on the future of the green building industry and previewed inspiring Passive House projects including commercial and institutional buildings and multifamily and single family homes. In particular, Sam Rashkin, chief architect for the US Department of Energy outlined new initiatives to make net zero ready homes the future standard of building quality, citing that homes should “live better, work better, and last better.” 

At the event NK’s Passive House efforts were applauded within Green Building & Design, the NPHC’s official publication. An interview with Founding Principal, Brandon Nicholson on H20 Apartments alongside an impressive feature on Park Passive was included.

Click here to learn more about the presentations at NPHC.


The Eco Proforma: Building Net Zero Projects that Pencil

Posted by nk on October 31, 2014

We recently assembled an intimate group of Seattle’s green building industry leaders – city officials, developers and energy modelers – to spark a conversation on combining environmentally conscious building with a development proforma that pencils. Held at our office, attendees of the breakfast event discussed the opportunities and hurdles of building net zero energy ready and Passive House buildings. The group covered various aspects of these standards including financial feasibility, buyer/tenant demand, marketing, financing and incentives, and immediate savings realization. Led by our CEO, Tim Weyand, the insightful conversation generated a robust dialogue about not only creating future energy standards, but methods of influence to move the industry toward building higher performing cost-efficient buildings today.


Key takeaways from our discussion included the need for:

  • Further industry collaboration to promote methods that make building to net zero the new normal.
  • Code changes that focus on building performance to encourage education and innovation.
  • A strategy to make these methods more financially feasible, including better, more significant incentives.
  • A shift in marketing dialogue to emphasize health, happiness and community to educate the market on why net zero and Passive House buildings are important.


We’re looking forward to our next breakfast event in March of 2015. Sign up for our newsletter to receive information and an invitation.



Construction Completed on ArtHouse in Belltown

Posted by nk on October 24, 2014

Located along Elliott Bay in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, NK’s design of the 139-unit ArtHouse maximizes the site’s sweeping west-facing views from nearly every unit and outdoor space. The 7-story residential apartment building uses board-foam concrete to enhance the streetscape with texture and interest, and custom panels above for a vibrant burst of color. Developed by Pauls Corporation, the project’s extra-large floor to ceiling windows maximize natural light exposure, and its three artfully landscaped terraces and indoor/outdoor resident lounge provide abundant outdoor and entertainment space. Occupants enjoy the project’s contemporary design, modern interiors, and resort-like amenities such as a lobby lounge, fitness center, fresh-air pet patio, and”connected” conference space.

A Walk Score of 98 means that its prime location offers easy access to Seattle’s waterfront, transit, and downtown core.

Learn more about our other green multifamily projects on our project page.


We Love Lincoln Park: NK’s Employee Picnic

Posted by nk on September 29, 2014

We said goodbye to the warm weather with some fun and comradery in our favorite part of Seattle. Earlier this month our staff got out of the office, scooped up their families and headed to West Seattle’s beautiful Lincoln Park for the annual NK employee picnic. This quiet reserve is one of the city’s best, offering pristine PNW beachfront, amazing views, trails, BBQ areas and activities for all ages.

Thanks to our fantastic staff whose talent, creativity and dedication continues to drive NK forward.

NK Picnic Group Shot

NK Selected to Design West Seattle Mixed-Use Development

Posted by nk on September 19, 2014

Full Building Rendering

NK was selected by Intracorp to design Intracorp Admiral, a 3-building mixed-use project located at 3210 California Ave SW in West Seattle. The Built Smart, 176,000 square foot project will have 134 apartments, including a mix of studios, one and 2-bedrooms and 2 work/live units. Each building is connected at and below grade by a parking garage.

Comprised of one 4-story and two 5-story buildings, Intracorp Admiral will also offer 6,100 square feet of retail space with beautiful hardscaping, planters and seating. The project’s maximized outdoor spaces will include a rooftop deck with views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains, a courtyard situated on the parking lid facing away from the street and private patios for select units. Other amenities will include a fitness center, bicycle storage, an entertainment room that connects to an outdoor courtyard and two attractive lobbies.

Intracorp Admiral will begin construction in late 2014 and is estimated to be completed in spring, 2016.

NK Adds Two New Team Members

Posted by nk on August 27, 2014

NK is excited to welcome Paul Hanson, Senior Project Manager, and Leah Libow, Office Coordinator, to our team!

Paul is an award winning architect and expert in affordable housing with over a decade designing affordable multifamily housing for non-profit developers. He is passionate about shaping the environment by providing shelter to at-risk families, homes for the homeless, and stabilization for exploited neighborhoods. His work on Capitol Hill’s 12th Avenue Arts building received the Vision 2040 Award.

Paul is the proprietor of Partly Cloudy, which produces hand-crafted ginger beer sold at several Seattle restaurants. He has an innate passion for sailing and enjoys cruising and racing the Salish Sea with his family.

Paul Hanson

Leah brings over 10 years of experience to her role. She supports NK’s leadership and day-to-day administrative, HR, marketing, and event planning needs. Leah’s passion is deeply rooted in design as it relates to overall wellness. She is currently pursuing a certificate in wellness coaching from Vera Whole Health.

Leah Libow

Project Spotlight: Stream Belmont

Posted by nk on August 11, 2014

The recently completed Stream Belmont is a highly efficient 6-story, 70-unit apartment building located in Seattle’s bustling Capitol Hill neighborhood. By embracing innovative green practices such as using ambient air to heat its hot water – which is 75% more efficient than a traditional boiler – and aligning with  area nonprofits to plant trees to reduce its carbon footprint, the building is not only pending LEED-H Gold Certification, but it was constructed with a rare net zero carbon footprint.

We are excited about Stream Belmont’s green features, and proud of the building’s exterior. The durable brick, natural cedar and composite façade enhances curb appeal by embracing a contemporary design with a contextual feel while complementing the existing neighborhood.

By combining livability with sustainability, Stream Belmont’s residents enjoy its close proximity to downtown, modern interiors, abundant natural light and even rare individual outdoor spaces, including a rooftop deck with panoramic views of downtown, the iconic Space Needle and the Olympic Mountains.

Learn more about our other green multifamily projects on our project page.

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Project Completion Tour: Lightbox

Posted by nk on July 25, 2014

NK staff recently toured the completed Lightbox building that we designed for Intracorp. Located on 8th Ave NE in Seattle’s busy University District, Lightbox is a contemporary apartment building targeting LEED Silver certification. Amenities include onsite parking, a bike lounge, electric car charging, a rooftop deck, an entry courtyard that connects to the resident lounge, and expansive views of the Space Needle, downtown Seattle, Mt. Rainier and the Cascades. See a few photos we took below.