July 10, 2018
Local projects win Gold Nuggets
Four housing projects by Seattle’s SMR Architects won 2018 Gold Nugget Awards.
The housing design and planning awards are sponsored by Pacific Coast Builders Conference and Peter M. Mayer Productions.
There were over 700 entries from around the world, and a number of Northwest projects won.
SMR’s Hoa Mai Gardens won a grand award for best affordable housing community (60 to 100 units per acre).
The 111 apartments developed by Seattle Housing Authority are targeted at families, and include four-bedroom units. There’s also a lending library, in-home daycare units, space for social services, a play structure, p-patches, and commercial space that houses a youth creative writing organization.
Andersen Construction is the builder and SvR Design Co./Fazio Associates the planner.
Ronald Commons in Shoreline won a merit award in the same category. It has 60 affordable apartments, an attached service center with a food bank, classrooms and Hopelink offices. The team includes Beacon Development Group, consultant; Ronald United Methodist Church, land donor; Compass Housing Alliance, owner; Walsh Construction Co., builder; and Hopelink, service provider.
The Estelle and Plymouth on First Hill won merit awards for best supportive/transitional housing. Downtown Emergency Service Center developed The Estelle for 91 formerly homeless people. DESC partners with Harborview Medical Center to provide care in 15 units for people who leave the hospital with continuing health care needs. The team includes Walsh Construction Co., builder; and Mercedes Fernandez Interior Design.
Plymouth Housing Group developed Plymouth with studios: 77 for formerly homeless people and three for live-in staff. SMR said additional services are provided by partnering with Harborview Medical Center for on-site nursing, medical care, mental health and substance abuse treatment. Walsh Construction Co. is the builder.
Here are some of the other local Gold Nugget award winners:
• The Meyden in Bellevue received a merit award for best mixed-use project (35 units per acre). The team includes Bellevue Way Ventures LLC, developer; Benson & Bohl Architects, architect and planner; NAC Architecture, interior designer; and SRM Development, builder.
• Jackson Apartments in Seattle won a merit award for best on-the-boards mixed-use project (35 units per acre). The team includes Vulcan Real Estate, developer; Runberg Architecture Group, architect; Hewitt, planner; Vida Design, interior designer; and Exxel Pacific, builder.
• Mercy Othello Plaza in Seattle won a merit award for affordable housing (100 units per acre or more). The team is Mercy Housing Northwest, developer; Ankrom Moisan Architects, architect and planner; Rachel Weigelt, interior designer; and Walsh Construction Co., builder.
• Cove Apartments and Helios in Seattle won merit awards for multi-family housing communities (100 units per acre or more), and Cove won a grand award for innovative energy design.
Vibrant Cities was the developer, builder and interior designer for Cove, and Tiscareno Associates was the architect and planner.
The Helios team includes Equity Residential, developer; WTGBD, a joint venture between Weber Thompson and GBD Architects, architect; Weber Thompson, interior design; and Turner Construction, builder.
• Genesee Park Net Zero in Seattle won a merit award for innovative energy design. Dwell Development is the builder and developer. First Lamp Architecture in the architect.
• Downtown Kenmore won a merit award for its community land plan. The team includes GenCap Construction Corp., builder; MainStreet Property Group, developer; and William Wright, interior. The city of Kenmore is also listed as builder, developer and planner. The architects are: The LINQ Lofts + Flats and The Spencer68, Dahlin Group Architecture Planning; The Hanger, Graham Baba Architects; Town Square, Hewitt; and City Hall and Library, Weinstein A+U.
• The Marseille in Bellevue won a merit award for a single-family detached home (3,500 to 4,500 square feet). The team includes JayMarc Homes, builder and planner; Dahlin Group Architecture Planning, architect; and Mariel Ramos, interior designer.
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