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.
Posted by nk on August 21, 2013
We are proud to have our high-performance Passive House project, Park Passive, featured in the New York Times. Click here to read the article.
Designed by NK team members Marie Ljubojevic and Lauren McCunney, Park Passive is the first certified Passive House located in Seattle. The home was certified by the Passive House Academy and authorized by the Passivhaus Institut, which sets rigorous design standards for energy use and air infiltration that translate into significantly decreased energy consumption, improved thermal comfort, and superior indoor air quality.
Interested in learning more about Passive House and touring Park Passive? Join AIA Seattle for their first ever Explore Design Home Tour on September 14th, which will feature seven innovative homes in the Seattle area, including Park Passive. NK team members, along with the builder will be on hand to answer your questions.
Posted by nk on August 14, 2013
PSMJ Resources, Inc., the premier management consulting firm for the architecture, engineering, and construction industries, recently announced its list of 2013 Circle of Excellence members. NK Architects was named to the list as a top national architecture firm.
PSMJ’s exclusive Circle of Excellence is designed to highlight firms that are successfully managed, based on 13 key performance metrics that demonstrate outstanding achievements in profitability, overhead, cash flow, productivity, business development, staff growth, and turnover. The Circle of Excellence represents the top 20% of participants in PSMJ’s annual A/E Financial Performance Benchmark Survey.
NK is one of only 54 national firms represented on PSMJ’s list. Our strong commitment to the success of our clients’ projects, as well as our unique focus on sustainability and project performance in projects like Park Passive and H2O Apartments, have helped our firm stand out and gain national recognition. Inclusion in the Circle of Excellence affirms our commitment to strategic and steady business growth, while maintaining a focus on client relationships.
Posted by nk on August 1, 2013
NK’s newly designed multifamily project, Stream Fifteen, will be the first multifamily demonstration project in Green Builder® Media’s VISION House® Series. The 36-unit apartment building from longtime client Stream Real Estate is located on 15th Avenue East in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Stream Fifteen is a mix of studios, 1BD and 2BD apartments ranging from 450 – 1,050 square feet, along with a ground level retail space that extends the thriving retail district of the street. As a VISION House, Stream Fifteen will demonstrate the latest in green design, building techniques and products. Targeting LEED certification, the project will break ground in February 2014.
Posted by nk on July 23, 2013
NK participated in three bike events this spring. The DC office joined the Big Green Commute recording their commutes to and from the office and taking third place in the overall competition. Locally, Rachel Hedlof led the office’s participation in Seattle’s Commute Challenge riding her bike from her home in Queen Anne to the office for almost the entire month. In addition, principal Boyd Pickrell completed the Red-Bell 100, riding from Redmond to Bellingham to raise awareness and funds exceeding $2,000 for African students in desperate need of transportation to school and critical bicycle safety training for Seattle-area youth.
Posted by nk on July 10, 2013
We are proud to announce that our Passive House project, Park Passive, will be showcased in AIA Seattle’s first-ever Explore Design Home Tour. One of seven homes on the tour, the striking modern home on a small urban infill lot was designed by Marie Ljubojevic and Lauren McCunney and built by sustainable builder/developer Sloan Ritchie of Cascade Built.
Park Passive is the first certified Passive House located in Seattle. The home was certified by the Passive House Academy and authorized by the Passivhaus Institut, which sets rigorous design standards for energy use and air infiltration that translate into significantly decreased energy consumption, improved thermal comfort, and superior indoor air quality. The Passive House consultants on this project were Rob Harrison and Dan Whitmore.
Photograph 1: Aaron Leitz Photography
Park Passive was built on one of the most difficult sites available for designing a Passive House. Early design challenges included a small, shallow floor plate; a zoning envelope that required us to work with the form of the existing house; and Passive House requirements that stipulated minimized glazing on the north side of the house, where windows would have been intuitively placed and necessitated 18” thick walls.
We addressed these challenges by emphasizing the vertical space and playing with wall thickness on the front façade. This led to interesting design features and spatial surprises, such as the double-height vaulted kitchen space that visually connects the main living area to the upstairs kids play area; a day-lit open stair punctuated with views to the street and a carved out nook for a window bench; and several large skylights that offer abundant daylight throughout the main living space. The design also widened the floor plate and addressed the lack of a back yard by creating a strong tie to the front yard using a large lift-slide door and expansive glazing. Trees removed from the site due to the lot size were salvaged for stair treads, wall paneling, and a live-edge bathroom counter top, creating warmth and a contrast to the white walls.
Photograph 2: Aaron Leitz Photography
As one of Washington State’s most energy efficient homes, the 4-bedroom, 3-bath Park Passive uses approximately 75-80% less overall energy compared to homes built to today’s code standards. This figure reflects all of the energy used in the home by its family of four for electronics, cooking and refrigeration, clothes washing and drying, and hot water for bathing and dishwashing.
Park Passive’s average indoor air temperature of 70 degrees is managed by opening and closing its Intus high performance windows and doors in summer and using the heat recovery ventilator when it’s colder.
In addition to completing our first Passive House project, we recently added Joseph Giampietro, a founding member of Passive House NW and Certified Passive House Consultant to our team as a managing associate to bolster our experience in Passive House design.
Purchase tickets to view Park Passive on the AIA Explore Design Home Tour on Saturday, September 14, 2013 here.