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Hello AIA NWW Members!

Thank you to everyone who helped make our 2023 AIA NWW Design Awards a success! Over 70 people join us in the Social Lounge at Hotel Leo to celebrate local architecture in an evening of community and connection.

This year, six firms from the AIA NWW section representing Whatcom, Skagit, Island, and San Juan Counties submitted 21 projects for award consideration. Our jury, Cynthia Richardson, AIA Emeritus, Eric Gu, PhD, Regional Director of WoodWorks, and Joe Clark, from Architectural Elements, selected eight projects for recognition.

Congratulations to the 2023 AIA NWW Design Award winners!

2023 AIA Northwest Washington Design Awards

Citation Award | Elements of the project are worthy of study

Shoreline Drive Residence
The Wheelhouse
Shoreline Drive Residence | Camano Island, WA | Designs Northwest Architects
Shoreline Residence-Designs Northwest Architects
Designs Northwest Architects | Project Team
Dan Nelson, Principal Architect, Designs Northwest Architects
Wayne Glove, Project Designer, Designs Northwest Architects
Garrett Kuhlman, Interior Designer, Designs Northwest Architects
Waite Construction, General Contractor
Equilibria, Structural Engineer
Homeowner, Interior Designer
Swift Studio, Photographer

Project Description
The Shoreline Drive residence is a 2,309 sq. ft. waterfront home located on the east side of Camano Island. Built with resiliency in mind and mindful that the property is on the shoreline, this retirement home was also built with long life cycle and low maintenance materials.
The Wheelhouse | Bellingham, WA | Christensen Design Management
Christensen Design Management | Project Team
Dave Christensen, Architect, Christensen Design Management
Bellingham Bay Community Boating Center, Owner
Tom Bennett PS, Bennett Engineering, Civil Engineer
Medhanie Tecle, PE, MTC, Soils Engineer
Tom Brewster PLS, Wilson Engineering, Survey
Coby Jones, Geoff Stodala, Exxel Pacific, Inc., General Contractor
Bellingham Bay Community Boating Center, Owner

Project Description
The Wheelhouse is owned by the Bellingham Bay Community Boating Center (CBC), a non-profit whose mission is to foster small watercraft education, access, and safe recreation and marine stewardship on Bellingham Bay. The goal of this building, which has just broken ground, is to provide multi-use "wet" changing rooms, restrooms with showers, ADA access, and indoor/outdoor classroom and multi-use areas. The building will have Port and Starboard lighting and an illuminated tower that can be seen on the bay and by the community.
Merit Award | Outstanding example worthy of study on a regional basis

Wellness by Design - Maldonado Residence
The Owl's Nest
Parkview Elementary
Wellness by Design - Maldonado Residence | Stanwood, WA | Pelletier + Schaar LLC
Pelletier + Schaar LLC | Project Team
David Pelletier, Architect, Pelletier + Schaar LLC
Ingrid Pelletier, Architectural Designer, Pelletier + Schaar LLC
Lauren Ruskauff, Architectural Designer, Pelletier + Schaar LLC
Scott Lankford, Landscape Architect, Lankford Associates
Tom Pitzer, Structural Engineer, Pitzer & Associates PLLC
Owner/Builder: Isaac and Andrea Maldonado

Project Description
Wellness by Design is the Maldonado’s 4130 sq. ft. residence in Stanwood, WA. This biophilic designed home creates sanctuary and respite from our very complex world and the demanding professional paths the owners have chosen. This home was designed to nourish daily life in the arms of mother nature.
The Owl's Nest | Bellingham, WA | RMC Architects, PLLC
RMC Architects, PLLC | Project Team
Jeff McClure AIA, Principal in Charge, RMC Architects, PLLC
Charles Waugh, Structural Engineer, Wilson Engineering
Pacific Landscape Architecture, Landscape Design
Terry VanDenBerg, Interior Design, Samuel's Furniture
Moceri Construction Inc., General Contractor
Robert Hyman and Deborah Atwood, Owners

Project Description
Perched above the Salish Sea, the Owl's Nest is located at Clark’s Point, one of Bellingham’s most scenic neighborhoods. Created to both augment and complement the future main residence, the Owl’s Nest is an 800 sq. ft (interior space) entertainment pavilion designed to celebrate its location. The Owl’s Nest’s is separated from the surrounding patio by large glass doors, blurring the line between inside and out.
Parkview Elementary | Bellingham, WA | Zervas Architects
Zervas Architects | Project Team
Terry Brown (now retired), Architect, Zervas Group Architects
Matthew Reeves, Architect, Zervas Group Architects
Freeland & Associates, Civil Engineering
Kingworks Structural Engineers, Structural Engineering
K Engineers, Electrical Engineering
Metrix Engineers, Mechanical Engineering
Spee West Construction Co., General Contractor
Pacific Landscape Architecture, Landscape Architect
BRC Acoustics & Audiovisual Design, Acoustical Consultant
JLR Design Group, Food Service Consultant

Project Description
Parkview Elementary is a 54,419 sq. ft. two-story elementary school in Bellingham, WA that includes an expanded gymnasium and a receiving area. The covered play area was relocated to the west of the existing school. The existing gym was demolished, rebuilt, and expanded to the north. The area south of the gym serves as the north entry from the new bus drop off and staff parking. From the north entry, the 1st floor ramps down through the north classroom wing, and the central “knuckle”. Moving west are classrooms, the main entry, and administration. The second-floor organization is similar to the first floor, with the stacking of classrooms at the north and southwest, the central “knuckle”, and the library above the admin area at the southwest with a view to Cornwall Park.
Honor Award | Outstanding example of architecture worthy of study by the entire profession

Base Camp 49
Glenning Park Master Plan
Samish Commons
Base Camp 49 | Mazama, WA | Designs Northwest Architects
Designs Northwest Architects | Project Team
Dan Nelson, Principal Architect, Designs Northwest Architects
Matt Radach, Project Architect, Designs Northwest Architects
Equilibria Structural Engineering, Structural Engineer
Base Camp Builders LLC, General Contractor
Base Camp Builders LLC, Interior Design
Swift Studio, Photographer

Project Description
Base Camp 49 is a group of four modern cabin rentals part of a vacation retreat property in the Methow Valley in North Central Washington. In addition to the owner residence, the site includes four, two-bedroom 1,100 sq ft cabins.
Glenning Park Master Plan | Lynden, WA | Christensen Design Management
Christensen Design Management | Project Team
Dave Christensen, Architect, Christensen Design Management
Chris Overdorf, ASLA, SCJ Alliance
City of Lynden, Project Collaborators
Whatcom Community Foundation, Project Collaborators

Project Description
The original Glenning School in Lynden, WA was built in 1881 and demolished when a new replacement school was built. The 150,000 sq. ft schoolyard is in the middle of Lynden, surrounded by single family homes and endeared by the community as an open playfield. This land was surplused by the School District and put up for sale to anyone. The City, and numerous community donors, were able to assemble the funds to acquire the land to preserve it from development and create a public park in 2019. The Glenning Park Master Plan Design charrette process achieved a unanimous support for the final design layout integrating all comments.
Samish Commons | Bellingham, WA | RMC Architects, PLLC
RMC Architects, PLLC | Project Team
Jeff McClure AIA, Principal in Charge, RMC Architects, PLLC
Robert Wright AIA, LEED AP, Project Manager (Phase 1), RMC Architects, PLLC
Peter Niles LEED AP, Project Manager (Phases 2 & 3), RMC Architects, PLLC
Pete Sutherland AIA, LEED AP, Project Team, RMC Architects, PLLC
Tony Cava LEED AP, Project Team, RMC Architects, PLLC
Pacific Survey & Engineering (PSE), Civil Engineer
Kingworks Structural Engineers, Structural Engineer
Greenbusch Group (Phase 1), Mechanical Engineer
Bogard Engineers (Phases 2 & 3), Mechanical Engineer
K-Engineers, Electrical Engineer
Geotest, Geo Engineer
Pacific Landscape Architecture, Landscape Design
Katherine Jansen, Cost Estimating
Welsh Commissioning Group, Inc., Commissioning Agent
Dawson Construction, General Contractor
Samish Way Redevelopment (Phase 1), Owner
Samish Way Senior Housing LLP (Phases 2 & 3), Owner

Project Description
The development of the former Aloha Motel site on Samish Way was part of the City of Bellingham’s vision to transform this austere section of the neighborhood into an urban village. The 212,824 sq. ft project has a total of 172 affordable apartment units over three buildings, including a building for seniors and one for families. There is also 22,000 square feet of commercial space for Bellingham Housing Authority's new office and a forthcoming early learning childcare center.

Thank you again to our sponsors!

We'll have more about all the projects submitted and our sponsors in our November newsletter. Please feel free to share these event announcements with others and encourage them to sign up to receive our newsletter and check out the AIA NWW webpage.

Christine Baldwin, AIA
AIA NWW Steering Committee Chair

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If you’d like to check out joining the committee to help with planning the valuable programs for our section, we encourage you to come to one of our monthly meetings (via Zoom). It’s a great group of professionals and will help your career and business. Please contact any of the current Steering Committee members with questions and to express your interest. We look forward to hearing from you!

Christine Baldwin, AIA - Chair
Dave Christensen, AIA
Forest Payne, AIA
Jed Ballew, AIA
Mark Bratt, AIA
Matt Radach, AIA
Pearl Schaar, Associate AIA
Robert Wright, AIA