Behind the Scenes

Kitsap Horizons

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The battle between winter and summer gives the PNW its feisty spring season. Warm sunbreaks through the grey clouds remind us that summer is inevitable, but the rain and occasional blistery gust quickly pull the last threads of winter forward into the new year. 

One of the most spectacular places to see this battle unfold is on the Kitsap Peninsula. About this time of year in 2014, I had the opportunity to travel to the Kitsap for the first time. What I discovered was a place tucked between mountains and the misty din of Puget Sound. 

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As a pro bono project, Schemata Workshop was working with Camp Indianola to re-envision their Campus. Originally built in 1957, some of the structures don’t recognize themselves as a place of retreat between prospect and refuge, literally and figuratively--city and nature, land and sea.

I had never heard of Camp Indianola, but their mission resonated: Camp Indianola is a part of the United Methodist Church and offers multi use facilities for groups and individuals regardless of religion, gender, or sexual orientation, (or any of the other qualities that so often separate people from each other.)

We were tasked with providing concept designs to help with their fundraising efforts. To begin these efforts, a co-worker and I went on a site visit. What a rough day :) 

We look forward to continuing our work with Camp Indianola, but in the meantime, we will enjoy the spring view!

- Roma 

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Notes From the Field: CHUC

Last week, Guy and I did a walk-through of CHUC: Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing. Some quick background--this is a mixed use building with ground level commercial space to become Schemata Workshop’s new home and nine residential units above. But don’t be fooled: this isn’t your average four-over-one. Nine families joined together to self-develop CHUC as a vertical, or “stacked,” neighborhood. These families wanted an urban neighborhood that reflects their goals and values. Over the course of eight years, members worked together and, through a participatory process with non-hierarchical structure and decision making, CHUC was born

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The saw dust settled long ago, and now the smell of freshly dried paint, and the low hum of heaters draws you through the spaces. All the units have floor to ceiling windows, but today the familiar views are hidden. The painters have sheathed the windows with craft paper to protect them from any over spray. The color of the paper lends the units a warm glow. 

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From the exterior CHUC is dressed in its Sunday best. On the 12th Ave elevation, painting and storefront installation are complete. 

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At Schemata, we're looking forward to moving into our new home later this spring!

- Roma

Fun with Clients

Here at Schemata, we are fortunate to have developed some long-term client relationships. One is with ET Environmental, who is the GC/CM for our Waste Management projects.

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Copyright 2012 John M. Feit

Troy, Sherri, and Jeff of ET Environmental

Last week, Emiko (my partner) and I were hosted by Jeff and Troy of ET, at their offices in Ketchum, Idaho. This being the Northwest, we haveadditional options to the typical golf or tennis business outing – ours was a back-country tour of the Titus Lake Basin, just south of the Sawtooth Mountains.

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Copyright 2012 John M. Feit

Jeff Picking a Line

Un-tracked powder and sunny skies kept the smiles on our face from mid-morning until late afternoon.

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Copyright 2012 John M. Feit

Our Tracks . . .

New to tree skiing and Rocky Mountain powder, the tour had me wondering if this was yet another test of the architect-client relationship?

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Copyright 2012 John M. Feit

Me and Emiko

Fortunately, the expert guiding by my client hosts quickly convinced me and I no longer worried if this was some sinister way of further breaking in a consultant.

Copyright 2012 John M. Feit
Copyright 2012 John M. Feit

What a Day!