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In a bit of a surprise, Schemata Workshop was recognized by @seaarchitecture in February. Sarah graciously accepted the Community Partner award on behalf of the office and shared these kind words with us:
“I'm so proud to have been able to accept this award for the office tonight. Stacy at SAF mentioned how involved and supportive we are with the many SAF programs - youth and & family programs, the design soirees, etc. She also highlighted our commitment to empowering diverse communities through design, our leadership in community engagement, our work with multiple design guidelines, and especially how encouraging the office is of staff to be really civically involved. It was really impressive to hear all of our accomplishments listed out the way Stacy had - we are doing great things together!
Thank you all for showing up the way you do - it's inspiring and nourishing. And thank you to Mike and Grace for creating this infectious culture.”
In preparing for our annual retreat, we did a recap of 2018. We did quite a lot so we thought we’d share.
Things we finished:
Sunset Court was the final project of an eight-year contract with the Renton Housing Authority. This 50-home community offers modern housing to veterans and a mix of low to moderate-income households. Designed around a central green space and a small grove of existing trees, this project embodies many aspects of community-oriented design principles of cohousing. The homes are a mix of flats and townhomes, ranging in size from 1 to 4 bedrooms. The project was designed to the Evergreen Sustainable Development Standards (ESDS) and incorporates sustainable features such as low VOC and locally sourced materials, edible landscaping, low-flow fixtures, and natural ventilation.
Phase 1 of Mount Angeles View, a 63-home community in Port Angeles, WA. Located on a beautiful site at the base of the Olympic Mountains with views north to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, this site provides stable housing for low- and moderate- income households, so they can find success at work and school. The Peninsula Housing Authority has received many positive comments from the community at large about the catalytic nature of these homes – not just as affordable housing, but as a benchmark of future market rate development as well. The project was designed to the Evergreen Sustainable Development Standards (ESDS) and incorporates sustainable features such as low VOC and locally sourced materials, low-flow fixtures, and natural ventilation.
ISRD Design Guidelines. Finished writing design guidelines for new development (particularly at larger scales) for the historic cultural district.
Vision Meeker: City of Kent had recently established urban design guidelines for future development along Meeker Street – the main arterial through town. However, they knew the portion fronting Kent Elementary School would not likely be developed since the School District did not have plans for redeveloping the school. Schemata Workshop worked with the students, parents, and teacher at Kent Elementary to develop ideas for how to improve their playground experience and provide a better and safer buffer along Meeker Street.
Kaiser Permanente WA Rebrand: Schemata Workshop partnered with NBBJ to implement a new design strategy at 5 sites for KP WA’s rebranding as they took over the Group Health facilities across the state. Schemata lead the effort for 4 sites in Kent, Lynnwood, and Spokane.
Things we started:
Construction at Queen Anne Bungalows in lower Queen Anne. This was supposed to be a 3rd story addition but turned into a major renovation project.
Construction at the TOD sites on Capitol Hill is well underway! Schemata team is working on two buildings B-North (a.k.a. Station House) & B-South. The projects have two different owners, Capitol Hill Housing and Gerdin Edlen, and are being constructed by two separate contractors, Walsh and Lease Crutcher Lewis. The Station House will provide 110 homes, made up of a mix of studios, 1-bdr, 2-bdr and 3-bdr dwelling units which will serve people making up to 60% of the AMI. The building also includes a Community Room that will be available for rent / use by the public. The B-South project is comprised of 74 high-end apartments, 20% of which will serve people making up to 80% of the AMI. This project also includes more than 3000 sq ft of commercial space. Both projects are scheduled to be completed in March 2020.
Masterplanning for a renovation at Kappa Delta sorority house at WSU in preparation for their Centennial.
We also started 3 new cohousing projects.
Skagit Cohousing selected Schemata to design a new community in Anacortes for 30 families. Their site contains a wetland and has distant views to the water and mountains. While this group is mostly seniors, they look forward to welcoming families. They have members who are currently living in Arizona, Hawaii, and Massachusetts.
Located in Hood River, Adams Creek Cohousing selected Schemata to design a new community of 26 homes. This group is very local with only a few households currently living in Portland. They have a number of young families as well as boomers. Their site is wooded with an active creek and a lot of topography.
Marysville will be home to Sunnyside Village Cohousing. Their site has been previously cleared which makes it suitable for the significant gardens that they have already started planting. This community has a strong value towards living lightly on the earth and environmental stewardship so their future generations can live sustainably on the site. This community is multigenerational.
Things that we were recognized for:
Historic Seattle Award for Neighborhood Investment – Parsonage Apartments
DRT AIA Committee Award
Things Froggers did:
Marge got married and took 7 week honeymoon
Sarah led the Seattle Design Festival and was a juror for the AIA Seattle Honor Awards Young Voices Selection
Marge, Joann, Marijana and Grace led SAF workshop for Rainier Beach High School.
Marge was voted on to the Board of Directors for AIA Seattle.
Grace was Chair of the Seattle Planning Commission
Sarah got licensed.
Mira had baby Felix.
Tegan and Emma started at Schemata.
Guy and Mira celebrated 5 years at Schemata.
SAF Model Workshop
This past January, our new development for the Peninsula Housing Authority completed construction. Located at the northern edge of the Olympic National Park in Port Angeles, Mount Angeles View consists of 63 townhome and flat apartment homes distributed over seven different buildings, and is the first phase of a 232-home master plan. Surrounded and inspired by the beauty of the Olympic Peninsula, each building is named after a nearby mountain; Ellinor, Constance, Bogachiel, Anderson, Mystery, Olympus, and Hurricane.
The site design nestles the buildings into the surrounding community, and creates its own sense of place with many walkways connecting these new neighbors together, and anchors them around a small pocket park at the center of the site. Each home, whether townhome style or flat, provides its future tenant with outdoor space of their own.
A phased building delivery approach kept things interesting throughout construction with the first building being turned over for move-in August of last year, and construction continuing for an additional six months with the last building completed this past January. Not long after construction completed, the Peninsula Housing Authority hosted a block party celebration to thank all of the residents and community partners that came together to make this project a possibility.
This much needed affordable housing development has been a long time coming for the Port Angeles community. From schematic design through construction, Schemata has been a part of the effort for the past 6 years. Now that the project is complete, we are excited to see how this development evolves over the coming months as residents continue to move in and make these houses their homes.