We’re growing and have two open positions at HKP! We are looking for a Project Administrator and an Architect in Training/Project Manager. See our Contact page for more info.
HKP’s Brian, McKenna and Julie helped with the Mount Vernon Downtown Association’s Clean Sweep program this weekend, helping to paint and weed along 1st Street and Pine Square. Loads of fun with the other volunteers!
HKP is looking for an Architect-in-Training to join our dynamic team. See all the details on our Contact page or here.
In addition to our Internal Sustainability Policies & Initiatives Program, HKP Architects has launched our Product Transparency Guidelines. At HKP, we understand that architects play an important role in safeguarding the health, safety, and wellness of all building occupants, reducing negative impacts on the environment amid our current climate crisis, and helping to educate […]
Some of our clients are using this closure time to complete much needed improvement projects. Orcas Island Library is one such client. We have helped them have completed the sliding glass partitions for the Children’s Room and Young Adult Rooms, and are now starting Lobby renovations, both of which were Alternates Not Taken in the […]
Excited to see HKP’s role is wrapping up as the addition for the new salt water touch tanks is completed at Padilla Bay Interpretive Center. The new tanks will be outfitted soon, with growing anticipation of the first visitors, once the center re-opens.
This February before the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, HKP Architects saw their 13.3kW solar photovoltaic system get installed by Western Solar. The system was financed through a low-interest loan, federal tax credits, USDA REAP grant, sales tax credits, net-metering, year-one depreciation, and discount for participating in the Solarize program. HKP made other energy-savings inside like an […]
Had our first virtual Pre-Bid Meeting yesterday with Western Washington University. Great to see so many contractors in attendance. Great walk-through videos and photos of the site by WWU.
We hope that you and your family, friends and colleagues are all well and are staying healthy. We recently re-opened our office on a rolling staff schedule and are taking precautions to work safely in our office and on site. It’s nice to keep our projects moving and continue to provide services for our clients […]
While COVID-19 meant a mainly virtual-focused Earth Day, HKP Architects’ staff partook in a variety of webinars, and McKenna also did some roadside cleanup in her neighborhood a few days later when the weather cleared. A reminder for all that Every Day is Earth Day!
Today we had our first on-line public Bid Opening for a project with the State of Washington Department of Enterprise Services using YouTube. Seven bidders and four bids under HKP’s estimate. Thank you all for participating and making this work during the COVID-19 shut-down to keep projects moving.
Sustainable design principles have always been at the heart of HKP Architects’ design decisions, particularly when it comes to Passive House technology, natural ventilation, passive solar strategies, light, views and material expression in the Pacific Northwest. We also attempt to help clients understand the long-term benefits of sustainable design both to our environment and to […]
HKP has been taking a virtual coffee/tea break each afternoon with staff. This is what happens when Christine takes that break on her front porch. Tahoe (left) and Chester (right), feeling left out.
Everything good must come to an end (or at least have a sabbatical). HKP Architects recently took down the Henry Klein Homes exhibit at the Skagit County Historical Museum, after fantastic viewership and rave reviews. Stay tuned for its next opening, scheduled for a perfect Seattle location after the current health situation is behind us. […]
Yesterday HKP Architects facilitated a Pre-Bid walk-though for one of our public clients using the latest COVID-19 safety precautions and social distancing, including roof access for contractors. Working to keep everyone working, but everyone safe.
Text: HKP Architects’ Partner Brian Poppe discusses the importance of community to our practice with the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County (EDASC). Link to Article here.
Over the holiday weekend, HKP Architects’ partner Brian Poppe finished the Community Energy Challenge’s LED lighting replacement in the building, with a predicted savings of $570/year and increasing the needs met by our future solar array of building power from 27% to 39%! Thank you, CEC, for providing 135 of the 161 lamps necessary for […]
Let’s look back at some of our favorite highlights of 2019 and what the HKP team is looking forward to in the new year. The Henry Klein Homes exhibit A very special project for all of us is the Henry Klein Homes exhibit. The exhibit opened in November, highlighting our founder Henry Klein and showcasing […]
Thank you to Audio Video Resources for a great presentation on full spectrum color-correct programmable lighting Ketra Lighting last night.
HKP is thrilled to participate in the first year of @mountvernonwa Vibrance Shine program to light the historic downtown during the holidays and dark winter evenings. Come find our tree and see the other sponsors.
Mount Vernon, Washington / December 2019 – HKP Architects is pleased to announce that architect and firm partner Julie Blazek has recently earned her Passive House Certification. HKP Architects introduced its own Passive House Studio in 2016 to promote and execute Passive House projects for its clients. At the time, the firm had another CPHC […]
HKP Architects’ Partner Brian Poppe, AIA, LEED AP, embarked on an incredible summer trip to Italy in September. Once back at the office, we sat down with him to discover what he loved most about his time in Italy. Where in Italy did you visit and why? We spent 11 days in Italy, starting our […]
Don’t miss the exhibit on Henry Klein Homes on now through March 22 at the Skagit County Historical Museum. Opening night event reflections.
MOUNT VERNON, WASHINGTON, November 2019 — The team of Designs Northwest/HKP Architects earned a Citation award for the Twin Lakes Landing housing project at the 2019 AIA Northwest Washington Design Awards, held at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal on October 3. The jury, which included Chrysanthe Broikos, the curator at the National Building Museum in Washington, […]
HKP Architects’ Partner Julie Blazek, AIA, LEED AP, embarked on an incredible summer trip to Europe in June. Back at the office, we all enjoyed the photos of her travels on the HKP instagram page and once she returned, we sat down with her to discover what she loved most from her time in Europe. […]
MOUNT VERNON, WASHINGTON, October 2019 — HKP Architects is thrilled to announce that the Historical Museum of Skagit County will be presenting an exhibit of residential design works by regionally noted architect Henry Klein (1920-2013). The exhibit, entitled Henry Klein Homes: Light, Form and Materiality Through the Decades, will open November 22, 2019, and run […]
HKP Architects’ crew enjoyed a wonderful evening at the 2019 SWAN Women of the Year banquet. Congratulations to all the amazing Skagit Women!
Fantastic sketches by our guests!
HKP had so much fun hosting the Multi-Chamber After Hours last week. Great opportunity to visit with our friends and meet new acquaintances. Thanks to everyone who came and helped make it a special evening.
What a crew! Our staff bought and planted ornamental grasses and Quince at the office this weekend as our Holiday gift from last year. So thankful for such a nice gesture.
If you’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest for any period of time, you may know that late summer and early fall are some of the best times for outdoor activities. One of the best ways to enjoy this luscious weather is glamping at some of the wonderful locations throughout Washington State. The yurts, airstream and […]
HKP Architects welcomes Spencer Olsufka as a Project Manager. Spencer received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from Washington State University in 2011, and Master of Architecture in 2014 from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating, he joined the architecture studio at Valerio Dewalt Train Associates in Chicago, working on multiple student […]
Mount Vernon, WA | August 2019 – Christine Baldwin recently earned her professional license to practice architecture in the State of Washington and has been promoted to Project Architect at HKP Architects. Licensure requirements include holding an accredited degree, working under the supervision of a licensed architect to obtain the number of hours of experience […]
Nice article in the Skagit Valley Herald on the Children Musuem’s Grand Opening. Read more here.
Electrifying to see the Littlefield Celtic Center “Flip the Switch” on its new 13.6KW rooftop PV Array. The system will produce approximately 15,800Kwh’s a year and provide 53% of the facilities electrical energy needs. Congratulations to the Celtic Arts Foundation and its supporters for their foresight and stewardship in making this dream a reality.
Construction is continuing to progress on the addition to a private residence on the shores of Lake Cavanaugh. The original residence was designed by Henry Klein in the early 1990’s, appearing as two cabins joined by an enclosed bridge. The current owners returned to HKP to design the addition. Taking its cues from the original […]
HKP Architects welcomes McKenna Klein as an Architectural Designer. McKenna received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interiors, Architecture, and Design from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in Milwaukee, WI. Her design interest is in sustainability, contributing to the local community, and Human Centered Design (HCD) based on a particular subject’s needs, values, […]
As part of the clinics’ expansion, the tribe has also been approved to train DHATs in a program that is the first of its kind in the lower 48 states.
Designs Northwest/HKP Architects recently attended the National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders Conference in Las Vegas to receive NAHB’s Best in American Living (BALA) Silver Award for Housing Hope’s Twin Lakes Landing project in Marysville, Washington. The major design and planning objectives for Twin Lakes Landing were to create a sense of community by […]
The Progressive Design Build team of Mortenson/HKP Architects is one of three firms working on major projects at Western Washington University. Read more here.
Austin Miles has successfully completed the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Building Conditions Assessment (BCA) Training and joins the list of certified BCA consultants. Austin Is excited to put these new skills to use for all of HKP’s K-12 clients looking for professional building assessment services!
Great to see clients and new participants at this year’s Spotlight on Skagit B2B event.
HKP Architects is honored to have been part of the team that made this project come to life, which will provide the first Dental Health Aid Therapist (DHAT) training in the lower 48 states. Photographs by Theresa Trebon, Swinomish Tribal Archive
Nice article on the McIntyre Matching Pledge for the Children’s Museum of Skagit County. Phase 1 is open and Phase 2 is slated to be complete this summer! See here to read more.
The HKP crew recently took a tour of the Swinomish Dental Clinic and DHAT Training Center expansion as Pottle & Sons is closing in on the Final Completion. A big thanks to Dr. Hogan, Dr. Dailey and John Stephens and the entire tribe for being such great clients!
Through rain, sleet and snow the addition to the Lake Cavanaugh house is taking shape.
Exciting news! The Swinomish Dental Clinic Expansion is open for business while the renovations of the existing spaces are being completed.
Less than two months before the Children’s Museum of Skagit County opens Phase 1 of their new location!
Just finished a fun Master Plan for a north Seattle couple.
Attending the “Zero Net Energy School Workshop” facilitated by the State of Washington’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. It was apparent how serious they were about Zero Net Energy when the power went out for over an hour! Kudos to OSPI and the presenters before, during, and after the outage for an informative […]
So exciting to be close to starting on Phase 2 of the Children’s Museum of Skagit County.
Do you think it’s a good idea to let students design their own school? We do. In fact, we did just that for The Evergreen State College. This was a fun and exciting project for Henry Klein Partnership (HKP); one that confirmed how important it is to include student voices when designing spaces for them […]
Poppe Joins a Growing Industry of Design-Build Professionals Redefining Project Delivery throughout the United States. Brian Poppe, Partner with HKP Architects, has successfully completed the Design-Build Institute of America’s comprehensive education, training and certification testing program to achieve the design-build industry’s designation as a nationally certified Associate Design-Build Professional.™ The Design-Build process is an expedited […]
Housing Hope’s Twin Lakes Landing project in Marysville, Washington, has won an award for the Affordable Housing category in the 2018 Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Award levels, including platinum, gold, silver and Home of the Year, will be announced during the NAHB International Builders’ Show […]
Great progress continues at the Swinomish Dental Clinic with Opening scheduled for January of 2019!
The @skagitcountyhistoricalmuseum recently sent these photos of our building under construction. What a fabulous resource, for not only us, but for the County for such amazing detailed information about how this 1935 Post Office building was built – in addition to the drawings that we have.
From time to time a Henry Klein home comes on the market. Owning a Henry Klein home is very special. Most of the homes designed by our firm’s founder have only had a single owner over the years. The design of these homes express the character of the northwest, particularly the Skagit Valley. “For inspiration […]
One year ago today, this is what we came to work to. Unbelievable to think that in one short year so much change would occur. Thankful for all of our good fortune and bright future and for all who have been a part of it.
HKP was honored at the Children’s Museum of Skagit County Chair-ity Auction as “Greatest Friends of the Museum” for helping with all three museum locations. Thank you to Cate, the Board, the staff and Kevin Paul for the beautiful carving. Can’t wait for V3.0 to open soon!
Thanks to Marjorie and company @LundOpsahl hosting WildLife last night. The topic was licensing for female architects, engineers and landscape architects. Great group and great conversation.
Quick study models of building massing for a new project in the works. Stay tuned.
More progress on the Swinomish Dental Clinic and DHAT Training Expansion. Looking great!
A rare opportunity to tour Henry Klein’s house this week with our staff. Thanks to the owners for allowing us a peek back in after a few years. What a gem.
Great care by Pottle and Sons to erect the cedar posts and glu lam beams for the Swinomish Dental Clinic expansion. Beautiful.
Many thanks to North Cascades Institute for hosting us at the Learning Center for our firm retreat. So wonderful to be on campus 14 years after its’ opening to do a really meaningful post-occupancy evalua tion.
HKP welcomed the Orcas Island Community to a workshop Tuesday night to discuss our new Moran State Park Interpretive Center to be located at the top of Mount Constitution. HKP is honored to be working on this incredible project.
Couldn’t have been a nicer day for our team meeting at Mount Constitution project site. Kicking off the project with State Parks and CREO/edx interpretive team. Stay tuned.
The new sculpture installation at Lakedale Resort “Embark/Embrace“ is so beautiful. So neat to see the artists at work while this was being installed. Embark/Embrace (2018) The work begins as a red cedar log felled on its side at the edge of a large body of water. As it extends out from the water, […]
Excited to be part of the development of plans for Northwest Innovation Resource Center’s The Lab at Everett. Read more here.
The Yurts at Lakedale Lodge are open! Enjoyed this Open House Thursday for everyone who helped on the project ahead of the first guests that arrived on Friday. Book yours now!
Construction progressing nicely at the Swinomish Dental Clinic Expansion. Great working with the team at Pottle and Sons Construction, Inc.
HKP Architects representatives Christine Baldwin and Julie Blazek recently participated in the Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build Week at the Summerlynd Neighborhood in Mount Vernon. So thrilled to participate in this incredible effort.
Twin Lakes Landing wins Pyramid Award for Excellence in Construction at last week’s ABC Awards banquet. Congratulations Synergy Construction, HKP Architects, Designs Northwest, and the entire team. Check it out at http://www.djc.com/news/co/12110953.html
The one-year anniversary is fast approaching for the Orcas Island Library Addition! Did you know that the designer of the original Library was Henry Klein, the founder of HKP? We are honored to have been selected to work with the Library and Community on the addition that honors the original design and provides more opportunities for the […]
Thanks to everyone who attended our Open House! If you couldn’t make it, here are some of the event photos from Carmylee Photography. We hope you’ll feel like you were there. We truly appreciate working in a space that supports many of the same ideas we encourage for our clients; sustainability, natural light, and collaboration. […]
Congratulations to the Town Of Friday Harbor for their recent award for community planning with the Breezeway Pocket Park. Part of their on-going efforts to revitalize Sunshine Alley. See here for more.
Early Childhood Learning: The Business Case, put on by The Association of Washington Business yesterday was fantastic. So great to see so much focus on this subject from all facets of our c ommunities and legislation.
Photos by Mike Penney of a recent HKP Architects kitchen addition/remodel in Mount Vernon.
Check out the start of excavation for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Dental Clinic Expansion. Underway with this exciting project with Pottle and Sons Construction, Inc. to add clinic space and DHAT Training.
HKP Architects had fun participating in the second annual “CanStruction” competition sponsored by the Skagit County Rotary Club. HKP was the Team Architect for Team Canned Response “In honor of the professional first respondents of Skagit County.” See the video here. for more on the event.
Omar received his Bachelor of Architectural Design from University of Washington in June of 2016. As a student, he studied abroad in Rome for 3 months focusing on water and its dwindling importance in Roman society today. In his last quarter at UW, he enrolled in a Scandinavian Design Furniture Studio with a study abroad […]
Excited to see our clients, consultants, partners and friends at our upcoming Open House. Please note the time change from 5:00pm-8:00pm. See you there!
The United States Green Building Council (USGBC), the agency that oversees the certification of LEED projects nationwide, recently announced its annual list of the Top 10 States for LEED. The competition was so close that they also released the next five ranking states to recognize the significant strides that have been made in these local markets. […]
HKP Architects had fun participating in the second annual “CanStruction” competition sponsored by the Skagit County Rotary Club. HKP was the Team Architect for Team Canned Response “In honor of the professional first respondents of Skagit County.” To read more about the event see here.
HKP Architects announces the purchase of the Mount Vernon Post Office Building, establishing the firm’s new headquarters. HKP has been located in downtown Mount Vernon since 1952, but always as a tenant. The building, built in 1935, has been previously owned by the Federal Government, the Mount Vernon School District and most recently, Skagit Valley […]
It’s Official! The new home of HKP Architects. We’re excited to preserve and protect this historic gem and call EDASC, Leadership Skagit and Congresswoman DelBene our tenants.
HKP Architects and BrandQuery designed kiosks have just been installed for the City of Mount Vernon in Pine Square and Waterfront Park. Changeable directories will feature walking and biking trails, downtown business locations and current events.
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce Reports on Housing Hope’s Twin Lakes Landing. See here for more. Housing director Bobby Thompson said lessons were learned on Twin Lakes Landing, but the nonprofit would use modular again because it gets units open sooner.
HKP Architects and Designs Northwest teamed up to design this six building campus in the city of Marysville with 50 one and two bedroom apartments units for Housing Hope. Housing Hope’s mission is to promote and provide affordable housing and tailored services to reduce homelessness and poverty for residents of Snohomish County and Camano Island. […]
A very special gift to Brian and Julie from the HKP team, a painted portrait of Henry Klein. Incredibly touching.
Having a great time with the HKP crew at our holiday party. Thank you Farmstrong Brewery for the space to celebrate a great year!
HKP’s Twin Lakes Landing for Housing Hope was featured in a local news special. See here for more.
HKP toured the A-dec manufacturing campus this week with Swinomish dentists and staff to review dental equipment for the Dental Clinic and DHAT Training Addition.
HKP’s Twin Lakes Landing for Housing Hope is the largest modular affordable housing project in Washington State. Fifty units will welcome previously homeless families starting this week. To read more, see here.
Ribbon cutting for Housing Hope’s Twin Lakes Landing is set for December 8th – can’t wait to see the families at play in their new, safe place to call home. See the full story here.
So thrilled to be helping expand the existing clinic to bring DHAT training and greater access to the Swinomish Indian Tribal Nation.
The formwork has started for seven yurts at the beautiful Lakedale Resort on San Juan Island. Can’t wait to see them rise up out of the forest (and book an overnight!).
HKP Architects Habitat Build Day at the Summerlynd Development in Mount Vernon last Saturday. Great weather and great progress made – thanks to Paublo and Christi from Habitat for making it a great day!
Painting to begin on Twin Lakes Landing affordable housing in Marysville – to be open to previously homeless families in November!
HKP included in local architect’s choices for favorite Seattle buildings, Seattle Times Pacific Magazine. See here for the full article. HKP’s, Julie Blazek selected the Daily Journal of Commerce Building as viewed from south end of Western Avenue.
The Bellingham Technical College’s Campus Center was recently awarded LEED Gold Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The building, designed by HKP Architects, incorporates a number of sustainable features to reduce its impact on the environment, improve indoor environmental quality and reduce operating costs. The Campus Center building provides a sustainable campus core for […]
One of HKP Architects’ Raúl Hirsch’s sketches from a trip to the Architectural Biennale in Venice, Italy.
The Bellingham Technical College’s Perry Center for Fisheries and Aquacultural Science was recently awarded LEED Silver Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The new building designed by HKP Architects incorporates a number of sustainable features to reduce its impact on the environment, improve indoor environmental quality and reduce operating costs. Until the new building […]
Thanks to Guemes Island Market and Sue Roberts Sculpture for helping HKP Architects enjoy a wonderful Retreat on the island!
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 […]