“The Greatest Award is Doing Something You’re Proud of.”

So much of the work we do hides behind walls or underground; our commitment to quality has carried us much further than visibility. But choosing challenging projects means the industry often recognizes projects we’ve contributed to, and we love seeing our clients’ hard work celebrated.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle chapter recently hosted the 67th annual Honor Awards celebrating excellence in design. The event recognizes projects that “go above and beyond in terms of overall design while also contributing to a better world.” Our team is proud to have contributed to two projects that received the esteemed Award of Honor: Renton Library by Miller Hull Partnership and University of Idaho’s Integrated Research and Innovation Center (IRIC) by NBBJ.

Renton Library – Award of Honor
How wonderful does it sound to cozy up with a book, the river flowing below you? A distinctive community Landmark spanning the Cedar River, the Renton Library was overdue for seismic and structural upgrades. Our team set out to accommodate one of the most challenging (and fun!) locations we’ve ever faced, allowing this cherished amenity to remain in its above-the-river home.

Project Team:
Architect: Miller Hull Partnership / Owner: King County Library System / General Contractor: CE&C / Civil & Structural Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen / Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: PAE Consulting Engineers / Geotechnical Engineer: GeoEngineers / Landscape Designer: SPVV Landscape Architects


Integrated Research and Innovation Center – Award of Honor
The Integrated Research and Innovation Center is a campus centerpiece and a case study for the imaginative and untraditional. Like The Allen Institute, the project embraces an interdisciplinary learning model, housing multiple disciplines under one roof. Rooted in collaboration, IRIC subscribes to the notion that distinct fields can inspire and inform one another. Read the Q&A with Coughlin Porter Lundeen Principal, Bryan Zagers, to learn more about what makes this project so special.

Project Team:
Architect: NBBJ / Owner: University of Idaho / General Contractor: Hoffman Construction Civil Engineer: Taylor Engineering, Inc. / Structural Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen / Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: MW Consulting Engineers / Geotechnical Engineer: STRATA / Landscape Designer: SPVV Landscape Architects  

NAIOP’s annual Night of the Stars Awards Gala celebrates outstanding projects that demonstrate creative, sustainable and community-oriented solutions in Puget Sound’s growing market. The awards honor whole teams, identifying projects standouts in a variety of market types and the individuals who contributed them. We are honored to have played a role in four of the projects that were recognized this year:

Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport – Hospitality Development of the Year
The new 12-story, 347-room waterfront luxury hotel opened in July – just in time for guests to soak up some Seattle sunshine. An idyllic setting, the new Hyatt Regency offers panoramic views of the Seattle skyline, the Olympic Mountains, Mount Rainier, and the surrounding Lake Washington. The four-star hotel is part of the 17-acre Southport mixed-use community (which our team has been involved with since 1999!) It’s been a rewarding and exciting experience to watch the development progress.

Project Team:
Architect: MG2 / Owner: SECO Development / General Contractor: Sellen / Civil & Structural Engineers: Coughlin Porter Lundeen / Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: WSP Flack + Kurtz Seattle / Geotechnical Engineer: Hart Crowser / Landscape Designer: Berger Partnership


Marion West – Judges Innovation Award
Developed through a partnership between Low Income Housing Institute, YouthCare and the University District Food Bank, this mixed-use project offers 29 affordable housing units and 20 supportive housing units for homeless young adults ages 18-24. The project provides multiple community benefits including a new space for the University District Food Bank, a street-side café, community space, classrooms for employment training, counseling offices, and an expansive rooftop garden. It was an honor to contribute to the civil design of this innovative, community-rooted development.

Project Team:
Architect: Runberg Architecture Group / Owner: Low Income Housing Institute / General Contractor: BNBuilders / Civil Engineers: Coughlin Porter Lundeen / Structural Engineers: Quantum Consulting Engineers / Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Rushing Co. / Geotechnical Engineer: Geotech Consultants / Landscape Designer: Susan Black & Associates


Eleanor – Multi-Family Development of the Year
This two-building complex in the Roosevelt district features 267 units with floor-to-ceiling windows, open floor plans, and plenty of indoor/outdoor residential amenity space. Units range from studios to three bedrooms, with 59 of the units reserved for workforce housing under the city’s Multifamily Property Tax Exemption program. Outside, a boardwalk and expansive greenscape separate the structures while creating a unique community gathering area. The design expressly celebrates the motion of water with the integration of stormwater systems. Rainwater collected from the roof runs through exposed downspouts and open runnels that surround the buildings and courtyards, irrigating a stream that runs beneath the boardwalk. Discover more about urban stormwater systems in Ed. 2 of the Red Line.

Project Team:
Architect: Runberg Architecture Group / Owner: Mack Urban / General Contractor: Compass General Construction / Civil & Structural Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen / Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Rushing Co. / Geotechnical Engineer: PanGeo / Landscape Designer: HEWITT  


The Publix – Redevelopment/Renovation of the Year
Built in 1927, the Publix hotel served as a home for migrant workers coming to Seattle from around the world. After being closed for more than a decade, the historic building underwent a full rehabilitation, transforming the once single-room occupancy, 8×10-room hotel, into a trendy multi-family apartment complex. Thoughtful touches like the restoration of its original doors and wood paneling honor the building’s past, while more modern amenities like a high-design lobby space, roof-top deck, dog run and bike storage attract modem tenants. Our team is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the restoration and modernization of The Publix, guaranteeing stability for years to come while instilling a new vitality to the surrounding neighborhoods. Read more about The Publix renovation in our latest edition of The Red Line.

Project Team:
Architect: Clark|Barnes / Owner: Uwajimya Inc. / Developer & Owner’s Rep: Spectrum Development Solutions / General Contractor: Marpac Construction / Civil Engineer: KPFF Consulting / Structural Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen / Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: GLUMAC / Geotechnical Engineer: GeoEngineers / Landscape Designer: HEWITT