So excited for the Orcas Community on the Grand Re-Opening of the library! Watch this wonderful event and great video produced for the library.
It’s move-in day for Orcas Island Public Library in preparation for the Grand Reopening Friday!
See the video below for a bird’s-eye view of the construction progress out at Twin Lakes Landing in Marysville.
HKP Architects Partner Julie Blazek participated in the Women’s Build Week at Habitat for Humanity last weekend in Mount Vernon. Congrats to H4H for such a great annual event.
The Town of Friday Harbor has installed the new Spring Street sidewalk bulb that was recommended as part of the Sunshine Alley Revitalization Study conducted by the team of Beckwith Consulting Group, HKP Architects and SvR Design Group.
HKP architects had fun participating as volunteers in CanStruction, an event organized by Leadership Skagit. Follow here to read more about the event. HKP employees assisted two teams; Migrant Student Leaders from MVHS constructing an American flag out of over 800 cans, and the “Free Agent” team of community volunteers who constructed the tulip installation […]
So great to see so many of our clients, friends and colleagues at this year’s Schmoozefair. Thanks to BrandQuery for these great photos from the evening.
Very cool time lapse video by Housing Hope of the site and foundation prep for the Twin Lakes Landing project from a few weeks ago. Modular units set to be craned into place in early May.
HKP Architect/Designs Northwest designed Twin Lakes Landing for Housing Hope featured in Everett Herald. See the link to view the full article.
Exciting week as the first modules from Idaho arrived on site Friday at Twin Lakes Landing in Marysville while footings are being finalized.
Congratulations to Bellingham Technical College’s Perry Center for Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences for achieving LEED Silver!
A local Skagit County realtor recently found these renderings of HKP Architect’s founder Henry Klein’s first commission in the Valley, the Brotherton House.
One of HKP Architects’ Raul Hirsch’s sketches from a recent trip to the Architectural Biennale in Venice, Italy.
HKP Architects was pleased to be a part of Notkin’s Playing Cards project, now on exhibit at Seattle City Hall. See the link to view the full list of participating architects and their artwork.
Make plans early for what promises to be the best Passive House Conference ever next fall.
Authors Julie Kriegh (Kriegh Architects), Mike Fowler (Mithun Architects) and Russ Weiser (HKP architects) will be presenting a study at the upcoming Passive House Northwest Conference in Seattle on March 27th, 2015.
The Passive House Concept is spreading from residential to commercial projects in the U.S. and in Europe. Follow this link to the greenbuild 2014 report from BUILDING DESIGN + CONSTRUCTION that describes the largest Passive House Building in the U.S. to date, and the first Hospital to be Passive House certified in Germany. Commercial building […]
Worked on this Design Lab project proposal for the City of Mount Vernon and Skagit County consideration.
A recent groundbreaking ceremony for the Littlefield Celtic Center, in Mount Vernon, Washington. Can’t wait to hear the beautiful wind instruments play in this new facility.
Great Puget Sound Business Journal article on recent multi-family PH in Seattle.
This small and efficient house in Wisconsin is typical of Passive House projects in how comfortable they are even in the coldest weather. Check out the slideshow. This is just one possibility for the comfort, health benefits and efficiency of building a Passive House. Well worth the investment.
The State of Washington Department of Enterprise Services recently received the 2014 Distinguished Project Award for projects under $10 million for the Bellingham Technical College’s Perry Center for Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences, designed by HKP Architects. The awards ceremony was held at the Tulalip Casino and Resort this October. Accepting the honor on behalf of […]
This from Passive House NYC: Join New York Passive House activists on September 21st for the People’s Climate March. Friends, This is our moment to change everything. But we need everyone. We have just one month to turn the People’s Climate March in our home of New York City into the biggest march against climate […]
Passive House Certified buildings have the potential for significant energy savings. This aligns with the goals of many local energy utilities. So we consulted with our local utility, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and found out they have several programs that could provide incentives for Passive House qualified projects, both commercial and residential. On the residential side, […]
A few photos from our recent opening of the new Seattle branch office. Thanks to all who dropped in to say hello and wish us well. Looking forward to new opportunities.
Sustainable Connections hosted an informative workshop on HRV’s last week. Was nice to see the actual parts and pieces and study the differences in efficiency models.
As you may have already heard in recent climate reports for the U.S. and the World, climate change is happening even faster than scientists expected. Below is an image of what 12 feet of sea level rise might look like in Washington DC. See the website for images of what 12 feet of sea level […]
Recent article in the Skagit Valley Herald on HKP’s Passive House Studio. Read the article here.
I attended the Passive House Northwest Annual conference in Portland, Oregon on March 27th and 28th. This was a great opportunity to learn more about the latest advances in healthy, comfortable and efficient Passive House Certified projects from all around the world. After the conference I toured several Passive House projects in Portland and heard […]
Saturday’s conference agenda was packed with tours of Passive House projects, either in construction or completed. This gave all of us the opportunity to talk with homeowners and designers about the comfort and living conditions as well as design and construction successes. Great projects and wonderful hosts. All PH dwellers loved their homes!
Fantastic presentations at this year’s Passive House Northwest Conference in Portland including schools, affordable housing and market rate multi-family projects in the region and abroad. Great lessons learned and product information shared by those pushing the envelope.
Great WLIC social last night at Oles Morrison law firm in Seattle.
Some call the “Secret Sauce” for Passive House the stringent air sealing. Heat losses through cracks and gaps have been reported to reduce energy efficiency up to 30%. By meeting the air-tight level of a Passive House of 0.6 Air changes per hour the health of the occupants is also improved because air leakage leads […]
HKP is currently working on a Passive House design for a lot in Mount Vernon, Washington. Project is a speculative venture; 1,350 square feet in 1.5 stories. Amenities to include accessible ground floor, carport, garage, rainwater catchment, solar hot water and of course, Passive House benefits.
Rik Allen’s futuristic “Seeker” museum exhibition features the artist’s largest-scale work to date Rik Allen, Seeker, 2013. Glass, steel, aluminum. H 180, W 66, D 66 in. photo: KP studios. courtesy: Museum of Northwest Art. Contemporary glass artist Rik Allen has expanded the scale of his latest work featured in his solo exhibition titled “Seeker” […]
Images from the recent exhibition of the late Henry Klein’s work. This retrospective was held at the Skagit County Historical Museum from April 15 – June 2. Henry’s work spans 40+ years of public and private work in the northwest. His elegant nature and humble presence are what we remember and take forward as we […]
HKP’s massing model of the waterfront is based on Shoreline Master Plan height recommendations presented in 2011. Along with heights, HKP suggested alignments and setbacks from existing arterials to help maintain sight lines and view corridors to the water.
HKP’er Adair Orr’s recent design and fabrication project – a pot rack for some foodie friends in his shop. The piece is a combination of lathe work, forging and general metal fabrication.
In September, Studio K hosted the local Mount Vernon Bike Walk Committee to present the latest ideas for the Skagit River Non-motorized Bridge. Adair presented the rationale behind the purpose, location and opportunities surrounding the bridge project. The Bike Walk group was unanimously supportive, and suggested making contacts with Public Works and Planning Departments to […]
Two weeks ago was round one for the Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition. There were a staggering 250+ entries from 14 countries around the world. I was very excited to see that I was selected as one of the top 20 finalists to move on to the final round of judging. This past weekend was […]
Last month, Mount Vernon Mayor Jill Boudreau joined Design Lab as our guest. We presented a history of the firm and discussed the formation of Design Lab and the projects related to the city, including a pedestrian bridge across the Skagit, the possible future parking structure, and what development might look like along the entrance […]
Today is the deadline for the Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition. Life of an Architect is an Architecture blog written by Dallas based Architect, Bob Borson. The competition was created to benefit Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). CASA is a nonprofit organization of community volunteers trained and supervised to serve as voices […]
Once a month BrandQuery, a local brand enhancement firm, hosts HKP for a lunch-hour “Design Chat”. Topics range from White Space to Bad Advertising. The topic for February’s Design Chat was Futurisms. Presentations included future products of necessity for developing countries, a return to nostalgic design, the super-sex, creating livable communities in the oceans out […]
Adair Orr and Joe Lambert present preliminary analysis of pedestrian and bicycle bridge design criteria: necessity . impacts . issues during a September Design Lab session.
Studio K Project: Pedestrian Bridge Over the Skagit River HKP Architects is researching options and designs for a pedestrian bridge across the Skagit River, a long-time desire of many residents, downtown business people and visitors. These existing photos of the historic Mount Vernon west side bridge show it’s unique character, although crossing this bridge as […]
Studio K Project: Mount Vernon Parking Garage HKP Architects continues to study plans and massing studies for a multi-level parking garage between 2nd and 3rd streets, as desired by the City of Mount Vernon. Historical preservation of the existing GTE building is a concern of many residents and local business groups, so careful attention to […]
Studio K Project: Mount Vernon Parking Garage HKP Architects is taking up one of the City’s desired projects, a multi-level parking garage to the north of the County Administration Building, as one of their Studio K_Design Lab projects. Research started with Site Analysis of existing conditions, historical buildings (both past and present), surrounding buildings, traffic […]