Posted by nk on March 3, 2014
NK is excited to welcome Tim Weyand as our new CEO. With over 20 years in the industry, Tim’s experience brings both business management and a deep understanding of energy efficient design and an expertise in urban density. His diverse background in residential, commercial and institutional projects bolsters our leadership structure to fortify NK’s footprint as the premier designer of beautiful, high-performance multifamily housing projects, and prepares the firm for future growth and diversification into key markets and sectors.
Tim joins NK from HOK where he was responsible for the company’s Pacific NW expansion into the commercial, transportation, science, and justice markets. Prior to HOK, Tim spent nearly 10 years at NBBJ Seattle.
Read Tim’s bio on our People page to learn more about his background and the role of the CEO.
Posted by nk on February 21, 2014
As Seattle construction activity continues to increase, so do the number of applications associated with the building and energy code changes. In December, the Seattle DPD website first reported delays of up to 4 weeks for Initial Plan Reviews and 2-4 weeks for Corrected Plan Reviews – and we are concerned that the delays could extend even longer.
Our permit expeditor recently informed us to expect up to 8 additional weeks for an initial review, which increases the review cycle to 14 – 16 weeks. This means that the initial review cycle, which used to take 8 weeks, will now take twice as long – about 16 weeks. We understand that this spike and its impacts on review times are expected to subside in June.
Connect with us if you have questions about the DPD’s extended review cycles or latest energy code changes.
Posted by nk on February 11, 2014
NK Architects has been selected to design a new multifamily residential work/live project nestled in the heart of the West Seattle Junction. Lofts at the Junction is located at 4535 44th Ave SW – between the intersection of Glenn Way SW and 44th Avenue SW. The five-story building will be comprised of thirty-six apartments and two ground-level work/live units. John Comick, Lofts at the Junction developer, selected NK for our deep understanding of design, cost and energy efficiency and the unique requirements that West Seattle expects from its architecture.
Lofts at the Junction will also feature a rooftop deck with expansive views of the sound, downtown, Elliott Bay and both mountain ranges. Residents will enjoy the property’s close proximity to the West Seattle Farmers Market and rapid community transit. Green features will include solar panels that will offset energy costs. The project is anticipated to start in June 2014, and expected to be completed in July 2015.
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Posted by nk on January 30, 2014
NK’s recently announced multifamily townhome projects in Columbia City, in partnership with Quadrant Homes, incorporate a special community building feature called a Woonerf. By definition, a Woonerf is a living street where pedestrians and cyclists have legal priority over motorists.
The first Woonerf was developed by the Dutch in the 1960’s when residents were upset with cut-through traffic speeding through their neighborhood. They removed the brick street and replaced it with winding serpentine paths.
Photo from The New York Times Article “Where Share the Road is Taken Literally”
Our application of the Woonerf concept reprioritizes the drive court space in each of these projects to put a primary emphasis on creating outdoor shared community space for residents and, secondarily, a space for cars to enter garages.
Click here for more information about NK’s Rainer Valley townhome project.
Posted by nk on December 17, 2013
NK Architects has been selected by Mack Urban, the successor organization to Harbor Properties and Harbor Urban, to design its new project at the intersection of 45th and Stone Way. The five-story mixed-use green building in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood will have 150 apartments and three retail spaces with a retail patio. The apartments will be a mix of studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom units. The project will offer residents multiple amenity spaces including a roof deck with a green roof with unique plantings such as hop or grape vines. Targeting LEED for Homes certification – preserving energy and water consumption up to 30% – the project is expected to start construction in March 2014, and be completed in July 2015.
Posted by nk on December 9, 2013
NK is excited to be working with Quadrant Homes on three multifamily townhome projects in Rainier Valley and Columbia City, near the Central Link light rail and South Seattle cultural hubs. Quadrant chose to partner with NK for the firm’s focus on energy efficient architecture that maintains the continuity and character of the surrounding neighborhood. Quadrant utilizes the latest technologies in sustainable building practices to create high-performing, cost effective homes. Quadrant 35th Townhomes is a modern, 17-unit community located in the heart of Columbia City. The 42nd Avenue S Townhomes feature 16 three-story residences in Columbia City, with live/work units along Rainier Avenue. Both projects make use of beautifully designed woonerfs that convert a shared drive court into a landscaped common plaza. Charleston Townhomes in Rainier Valley will have 16-units that feature flexible spaces like reading nooks and interest walls along the stairs. Each project will target a Built Green 4-star rating.
Posted by nk on November 26, 2013
Park Passive, Seattle’s first certified Passive House, received top honors in Builder magazine’s first ever Design Awards – a merger of the Builder’s Choice Awards and Custom Home Design Awards. Designed by NK’s Marie Ljubojevic and Lauren McCunney and built by green builder Cascade Built, Park Passive impressed judges with the amount of living space eked out of the small infill lot, and called the home “the epitome of green and also a really cool house.” The awards finalists demonstrated premium high-performance green building, environmental stewardship, smart land strategies and successful indoor-outdoor flow. Park Passive was the only certified Passive House winner.
The home was also selected to be part of Northwest EcoBuilding Guild’s 10x10x10 Green Building Slam event. NK’s Joe Giampietro and Cascade Built’s Sloan Ritchie presented the project, discussing innovations, challenges and solutions.
Posted by nk on October 22, 2013
Joe Giampietro, our resident Passive House expert, was selected by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn to join the City’s Living Building and Deep Green Technical Advisory Group. The group provides recommendations to the Department of Planning and Development on updating the City’s Living Building and Seattle Deep Green Program. The program allows developers and architects to request code departures through design review for buildings seeking to achieve the most advanced measures of sustainability. These measures include energy reduction by 75%, a strategy employed for our recent Park Passive project, and the capture of at least 50% of onsite storm water.
Posted by nk on October 8, 2013
M&P Partnership and their design team sought out NK Architects for a high-profile project in Capitol Hill’s Pike Pine Overlay District because of our experience in landmark and historic building consulting. NK assembled and presented detailed historical site and building information on the Melrose Building and the Pinevue Apartment Hotel – a necessary step for many projects prior to obtaining a Master Use Permit. NK helped its client navigate a confusing process and two overlapping jurisdictions that oversee older buildings undergoing redevelopment. Based on our findings, the Landmarks Preservation Board ultimately decided that the two buildings did not meet landmark criteria, and the project was able to proceed. While not landmarks, the structures were able to utilize the zoning benefits of the Pike Pine Overlay District for character structures.
Posted by nk on September 13, 2013
NK’s Canstruction team creates the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, receiving an honorable mention at the event’s award ceremony.
You can see photos and a time lapse video of the build at the NK Canstruction Team page.
NK’s entry contributed more than 5,000 meals to the Capital Area Food Bank.
Thank you to everyone who made a donation in support of our Canstructure.