History in the Making: Celebration of First Transfer of Development Rights Transaction in Tacoma

City of Tacoma
July 6, 2016
www.cityoftacoma.org

The City of Tacoma and Pierce County will celebrate the first Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) project in Tacoma on Monday, July 11, at the site of the Stadium Apartments (102 N. G St. in Tacoma) from 11 a.m. – noon. TDR is a tool for implementing growth and conservation through voluntary transactions between rural landowners and developers, helping cities gain additional density in areas where growth is desired while protecting family farms and working forests.

“I...Read more

DJC Project of the Week: Proctor Station

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
By: Journal Staff
June 27, 2016

Proctor Station is a mixed-used building at 3910 N. 28th St. in Tacoma's historic Proctor neighborhood.

The 181,540-square-foot complex has ground-level retail and five levels above with 151 apartments.

Units have views of Puget Sound and Mount Rainier. There is a rooftop deck, mid-level fireside lounge, courtyard gardens and a pet wash station.

The first retail tenant, Walla Walla Clothing Co., opened in March. Work is set to begin this summer on other retail spaces for Rudy's...Read more

BCRA welcomes new Landscape Architect, Civil Engineer, and Interior Designer

SEATTLE, Washington – June 16, 2016 – BCRA has recently hired three new employees; Graham Golbuff; Brenna Harrington; and Marissa Rosati.

BCRA is thrilled to welcome three new additions to their multi-disciplinary team. The talent that each individual brings will be a huge asset not only to BCRA but to their clients as well.

Graham Golbuff, a University of Washington graduate, joins BCRA’s Landscape Architecture team as a Landscape Designer in the Seattle office. Having previously interned at GGLO, Graham comes to BCRA with experience in project and program management,...Read more

Meet BCRA's Summer Interns

BCRA is pleased to welcome Avery Scott, Laurel Swaney, Nicole Remy, and Stephanie Chimonas to our 2016 intern class. These internships are designed to introduce BCRA to up and coming architects, engineers, interior designers, and landscape architects. Our purpose is to provide a great environment in which to train and develop potential staff in a truly integrated approach to design. The interns will gain hands-on experience working on projects across the company and will team on activities and trainings as a group in addition to their discipline teams.

Learn more about them...Read more

#BCRAdesign is having a great time at #recon2016! This years #ICSC conference has successfully brought together a wide-spread group of retail real estate professionals once again! #retaildesign

Enjoying the sights at the #jll reception after a long day of meetings and walking for miles to see all the different retailers at #recon16 i#bcradesign

Listening to Magic Johnson give the opening keynote address at #recon16 #bcradesign

Our talented Branded Environments designer, Michael Herbert, brings every space to life with beautiful environmental graphics. Here are just a few of examples of his inspiring work. #bcradesign #brandedenvironments #egd #designingtogether #environmentalgraphics

Tacoma’s Stadium District rising as multiple projects move forward

The News Tribune
By: Craig Sailor
May 14, 2016

In 2018, when tenants begin moving in to a brand-new apartment building soon to rise in Tacoma’s Stadium District, they’ll find a substantially different neighborhood than the one that exists now.

By then the district, long separated from downtown Tacoma by blocks of apartments, will have the eight-story Stadium Apartments, a Bavarian-style beer hall, an improved Wright Park and streets full of construction for an expanded Link light rail line.

STADIUM APARTMENTS

The most visual change to the district in...Read more

#bcradesign loves seeing our projects come to a finish. Here is a first look preview at our Landscape Architecture work at JUXT apartments in Seattle.

Check out this weeks project highlight - Yelm Community Center! #BCRAdesign provided architecture, interior design, land use planning, landscape architecture, civil engineering, and structural engineering services! Just another way we are #designingtogether. For more information on this project, visit www.bcradesign.com/projects/yelm-community-center

15 minute #bcradesign field trip!

Enjoying the sun in the office today! Hope everyone in the #pnw is enjoying the early summer! #bcradesign #sunshine #shadow #brand #architecture

It's #cincodemayo and we are celebrating by highlighting one of our favorite projects! To find out more about BCRA's work with #tacotime, visit our website at www.bcradesign.com/projects/taco-time #bcradesign #FastCasualDining #restaurants #hospitality #yum

In celebration of World Architecture Month, enjoy a montage of some of BCRA's Landscape Architecture projects! We think our team's dedication to improve public and private spaces through the use of beautiful, natural elements is pretty amazing! #bcradesign #wlam2016 #landscapearchitecture #naturalenvironment

Seattle's Andrew Tsai hosting a Design Crit on an exciting urban mixed-use project. This Crit is an opportunity hear about the progression of the project and receive constructive feedback from other team members. Just another way BCRA is #DesigningTogether! #bcradesign #designcrit #teamcollaboration

The view from Proctor Station

The News Tribune
By: Craig Sailor
April 23, 2016

Mount Rainier, sure. Puget Sound, hard to avoid it.

But there’s not many places in Tacoma where you can eyeball the Space Needle.

Proctor Station is one of them.

The rooftop deck of the new six-story apartment building in Tacom’s Proctor District affords views in all directions. Residents and visitors get a clear look at the black monolith of the Columbia Center and the saucerlike top of the needle as they rise up above Maury Island.

The 7,500-square-foot deck is one of the amenities...Read more

Friday treats. #pacificbrewery #bcradesign

From North Western Wood Co in the late 19th century to the new vibrant multifamily project, the Henry, the historic Thea Foss Waterway has transformed over time into a vibrant area in the heart of Tacoma. #tbt #thehenry #multifamilyhousing #newconstruction #tacomawa #bcradesign

In honor of #EducationAndSharingDay, take a look at BCRA's West Seattle Bee Garden. This community park not only provides a habitat for bees to flourish, but also educates the community about the lives and importance of bees! To learn more about this project, please visit www.bcradesign.com/projects/west-Seattle-bee-garden. #outdoorlearning #naturalplayenvironment #learnandplay #bcradesign

$48M Tacoma aquarium to start in July​

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
By: Journal Staff
April 15,2016

Metro Parks Tacoma plans to start construction in July on a replacement for the 53-year-old North Pacific Aquarium at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

This is one of two aquariums at the zoo. The other is South Pacific Aquarium.

Work is slated to be complete in summer 2018 on the $48 million aquarium, according to a spokeswoman for Point Defiance Zoo.

EHDD is the architect, and the local architect is BCRA. Turner Construction Co. is the general contractor/construction...Read more

BCRA was honored to submit a playing card for @notkinmechanical Architecture of the Pacific Northwest Playing Card Artwork Project. This was a chance for local architects to showcase their artistry and creativity in a unique and compelling way. BCRA was chosen to design the 9 of Clubs. To see all of the artwork done by the 52 participating architects, visit http://www.notkin.com/playingcards/ #bcradesign

BCRA welcomes four new employees

SEATTLE, Washington – April 13, 2016 – BCRA has recently hired four new employees; Andrew Tsai; Heidi Kihlman; Victoria Nizzoli; and Kori Clark.

With the growth of clientele and onset of upcoming projects, the demand for new employees was high. BCRA is excited for the opportunity to bring in additional, talented people.

Andrew Tsai brings with him 10 years of experience in mixed-use residential, retail, high rise, education, historic preservation, and single family home projects. He believes that architecture is a holistic experience that involves everything and everyone....Read more

Old & new. #BCRA was the architect on the renovated Albers Mill turning it into a multi family dwelling. Positioned next to the #museumofglass #hotshop #cone. #bcradesign #urbanrenewal #bwfilm #bw #tacoma #gritcity #nofilters #nikon #nikkor #nikkormat #film #filmphotography #albersmill

Tacoma museum opens child care space

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
By: Journal Staff
March 23, 2016

Children's Museum of Tacoma recently opened an 8,200-square-foot child care center on the lower level of the United Way Building at 1501 Pacific Ave., which also houses the museum.

“The Muse: A Children's Center” is run by the museum and University of Washington Tacoma.

BCRA Architects was the architect and Korsmo Construction was the contractor.

The Muse was...Read more

BCRA's version of March Madness is in full effect with an internal tournament. #designingtogether #bcradesign

Photo by Lara Swimmer

BCRA is the Landscape Architect for 1101 Westlake

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
By: Journal Staff
February 26, 2016

MG2 Designs 1101 Westlake

1101 Westlake, an office building in the South Lake Union neighborhood, was completed this month.

An entity related to Invesco bought the six-story building at 1101 Westlake Ave. N. for $67.4 million last year while it was under construction. The seller was an entity related to Holland Partner Group, which developed and built the project. MG2 was the architect.

The...Read more

In the White River School District supporting the schools where our children learn and grow. #bcradesign

A logo I did at my last job, finally making it on the apartment building. #tacoma #thehenry #logodesign #graphicdesign #signage #bcradesign

BCRA Continues its Ownership and Leadership Transition

January 1, 2016

BCRA has named Don Mellott, Doug Oberst, and Stuart Young as managing principals to lead the company into its next generation. BCRA’s remaining two founders, Rory Connally and Ken Rowan, stepped down on January 1, 2016, as part of the company’s long‐planned leadership transition. Since founding the company in 1989, Connally and Rowan have built a thriving organization that focuses on delivering pragmatic design solutions for complex projects with great clients.

The change of leadership has been an on‐going process for the past several years, and has allowed...Read more

BCRA wishes everyone a heartfelt Merry Christmas! We hope this holiday season brought many good tidings! #belightwithus #bcradesign

Think back on all the wonderful holiday traditions you have shared with friends and family! Remember to cherish those times and to keep the traditions alive! #bcradesign #belightwithus

Not only does it warm me up to drink my morning coffee, but it warms me to do random acts of kindness. Hope the driver behind me enjoys their free coffee! #belightwithus #bcradesign

Witnessing the kindness of others first-hand. Pictured here is Kyla, who made stockings filled with socks and toiletries for the homeless. This is her first delivery, with many more to come. Kyla is embracing the true spirit of the holidays! #belightwithus #bcradesign

One kind word can change someone's entire day! Spread the kindness this holiday season! #belightwithus #bcradesign

Donuts taste better when shared with a stranger! #belightwithus #bcradesign

"Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more." --the Grinch #belightwithus #bcradesign

What a great way to start the day! Thank you ARC for proving our employees with morning coffee and spreading good cheer! #belightwithus #bcradesign #arc

@BCRAdesign:
Thank you @ARCDocSolutions for the wonderful coffee stand this morning! What a treat! #belightwithus #bcradesign pic.twitter.com/uThZtv5uPO

@BCRAdesign:
Thank you @ARCDocSolutions for the wonderful coffee stand this morning! What a treat! #belightwithus #bcradesign pic.twitter.com/uThZtv5uPO

"The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it." -Mother Teresa #tacomarescuemission #belightwithus #bcradesign

Enjoyed a much needed family night at #zoolights #PDZA tonight! Our little #mackenziephyllis continues to shine a light on this world that brightens every corner of our lives :) #blessed #belight @accrum

With the cold winter days ahead, remember to be warm to yourself, be warm to others, and be warm in spirit this holiday season! ❄️ #belightwithus #bcradesign

@BCRAdesign:
BCRA is finding ways to be light this holiday with amazing organizations such as @BBBSA! #belightwithus #bcradesign http://video.kbtc.org/video/2365574385/

@BCRAdesign:
BCRA is finding ways to be light this holiday with amazing organizations such as @BBBSA! #belightwithus #bcradesign http://video.kbtc.org/video/2365574385/

Love finding these in my path. Love you too Syd! #belightwithus

So pretty, so fun!
#belightwithus #pdza #zoolights2015

Zoolights!

BCRA was honored to volunteer for Northwest Harvest today! Enjoyed spreading holiday cheer. #bcradesign #belightwithus #northwestharvest

Homemade gifts are made with love which often makes up for a lack of skill. #belightwithus #bcradesign

Thanks to the amazing admin team! They are making Christmas happen here! #bcradesign #belightwithus

Join us in spreading light this holiday season. #belightwithus #bcradesign

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at @bcradesign #belightwithus

@GarethvRoe:
Did you know that 73% of the millennials in Seattle are renters! #bcradesign #Multifamily pic.twitter.com/L2qiUVGETw

Petersen Aquatic Center to Continue Arlene Petersen's Legacy

The News Tribune
By: Heather Derosa
December 1, 2015

The Petersen family has called Sumner home for five generations now.

When the YMCA did its original survey of the Sumner community, Gary and Arlene Petersen were involved since that first conversation. With the Petersens raising their kids on Lake Tapps, Arlene had always stressed the importance of water safety.

“We grew up on Lake Tapps,” said Robyn DeLorm, Gary and Arlene’s daughter. “Being always around the lake, my mom was always making sure someone was watching the kids. When the number of...Read more

Chinese developer proposes $135M mixed-use complex near UW Tacoma

The Seattle DJC
November 6, 2015
By Journal Staff

A Chinese firm is working on a $135 million mixed-use project near the University of Washington Tacoma campus.

The city of Tacoma signed a development agreement in August with an entity related to Wuhan Boshengshiji Real Estate Development for a 6.4-acre site bounded by South 21st and 23rd streets, and Jefferson and Tacoma...Read more

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at #harborgeneralstore. #belightwithus

Sharing time and talent with #habitatforhumanity in Tacoma. #bcradesign #belightwithus

Emergency Food Network does great work providing food to those in need in Tacoma. #belightwithus #bcradesign #efnvolunteer

Friday lunch date with my "little sister" is a highlight of my week. Sharing time is the best gift. Check out Big Brothers Big Sisters. #belightwithus #bcradesign

Had fun helping Emergency Food Network today.
#belightwithus #bcradesign

Christmas is upon us... On-press!
#belightwithus #bcradesign

Decorating the tree is one of the best holiday traditions that we love to relive. #belightwithus

Disney on Ice Frozen with my little sister #belightwithus #bbbs

@GarethvRoe:
14 Hands Tasting Room - 2015 Retail Development of the Year. #bcradesign #naiop #nightofthestars #14hands pic.twitter.com/ix6MchhYLA

@BCRAdesign:
The Gordon Family YMCA is up and running in Sumner. Glad to see so many happy customers. #YMCA #BCRAdesign https://twitter.com/PierceCo/status/646035771548307456 â€¦

Enjoy your day on Earth. It's a pretty great place in the universe. #ig_nightphotography

@BCRAdesign:
BCRA's design of @KentStation Apartments is really coming along! Check out the progress! #bcradesign #multifamily pic.twitter.com/iWjl1FxhHD

Got to go on my first site construction tour! Fun times :) #proctorstation #bcradesign #worklife

@BCRAdesign:
Check out BCRA's featured project 'Steinway Piano Gallery' in today's DJC! https://www.djc.com/news/ae/12079235.html â€¦ #bcradesign #inthenews

Groundbreaking for the new Stanwood-Camano YMCA. #YMCA #bcradesign #buildingcommunity

Mixed-use project will be a boon to the Proctor District

The News Tribune
June 5, 2015
By Erik Bjornson

Obnoxious yellow construction paper. Swarming construction vehicles and a bizarre metal pedestrian tunnel placed right on Proctor Street.

One can understand the angst, inconvenience and growing pains some are feeling as the new Proctor Station is being erected, especially with news that another development may be on its way.

Given the chaos that comes with construction, it may be a surprise to many that Proctor Station is likely the best-designed mixed-use building constructed in Tacoma in the last 60...Read more

@BCRAdesign:
Enjoying the sun and sponsoring a hole at DBIA's golf tournament at Willows Run. #bcradesign pic.twitter.com/I7qYL3o8dW

@BCRAdesign:
A glimpse of staff at lunch in #BCRAdesign today... #PizzaParty pic.twitter.com/gS0jhxZItM

Payton Manning at #RECon15 giving the opening keynote speech. #bcradesign

@GarethvRoe:
At #RECon15 listening to Payton Manning give the opening keynote speech. #bcradesign pic.twitter.com/cefvi63hPQ

It's that 4 o'clock Friday hour at BCRA. Mmm... #bcra #bcra25 #designingtogether

@BCRAdesign:
Time for #WestSeattle #Beefestival Sat May 16th! Check out the #BeeGarden in action & enjoy a day of fun! #BCRAdesign pic.twitter.com/0jbrXfHh93

Yelm skat park concept design

City Unveils New Skatepark Design

New Park Will Almost Double in Size of Former Site
Valley Life News
May 8, 2015
By Steven Wyble

The designers of Yelm’s new skatepark on Tuesday unveiled a conceptual design to those who will be using the new facility: local skaters. The city contracted Seattle firm BCRA to design the skatepark, to be located at 203 First St. S., the site of the city’s old public works yard.

The city received a community development block grant of $39,208 for the project.

BCRA is working with a subconsultant, New Line Skate parks, that specializes in skate park...Read more

Taco Time prototyple in Issaquah

Solar-powered Taco Time opens in Tacoma

Tacoma News Tribune
May 4, 2015
By C.R. Roberts

Taco Time Northwest has opened an outlet with franchisee Neltac, Inc. at 2908 S. 38th St., and the building is the first in the international Taco Time network to be powered by sunshine.

“With the new design, Taco Time has dramatically changed the physical appearance and restaurant experience,” the company said in a release.

Features within the new “restaurant experience” include an overall look “inspired by local farmers markets and abundance of open space,” plus a new and more relaxed ordering process...Read more

Viva recieves ABC Award for Multifamily Construction

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
April 30, 2015
By Journal Staff

Architect: BCRA
Engineer: Quantum Engineers
Owner: Alliance Residential

ABC members: Ahlers & Cressman; Construction Industry Training Council of Washington: Creative Surveillance Solutions; Dexter + Chaney; Merit Mechanical; Pacific One Construction; Propel Insurance; Safety Matters; Schmitz & Associates; Sound Glass Sales

Viva is a 105-unit apartment building on a 14,000-square-foot triangular lot at the intersection of Union and Madison streets in Seattle....Read more

@BCRAdesign:
Beautiful day to take in the view! Check out #BCRAdesign multifamily development @KentStation in progress! pic.twitter.com/8HZMQYvmpJ

@BCRAdesign:
Civil Engineer? BCRA is growing! We're looking for entry & intermediate candidates right now: http://www.bcradesign.com/careers  #BCRAdesign #LOVETacoma

@BCRAdesign:
Enjoying @NAIOPWA breakfast this morning. We share the excitement, the #Seattle region is booming! #BCRAdesign pic.twitter.com/fFES5XUdYW

@BCRAdesign
Natalie Goza & Ingrid Casseday 1 yr, Eric Streeby 3 yrs, Sheila White 7 yrs @
:
April staff meeting underway! Kudos to: Natalie Goza & Ingrid Casseday 1 yr, Eric Streeby 3 yrs, Sheila White 7 yrs @ #BCRAdesign

@BCRAdesign:
#TBT to last week's groundbreaking at N. Thurston Middle School #5 http://bit.ly/1DKRMTb  @NTPSnews #BCRAdesign pic.twitter.com/g9eLtjrZZt

BCRA TGIC Rendering

Tacoma Green Infrastructure Challenge Finalists

BCRA led a design team to the finals of the inaugural Green Infrastructure Challenge for the City of Tacoma. For the Green Roadway Challenge, the team reimagined the South Tacoma Way district into a revitalized urban corridor. Their sustainable design was anchored by old-growth trees and incorporated stormwater system improvements that maximized the infiltration of run off. The expanded sidewalk provided quality spaces for community events like the Annual South Tacoma Business District Car Show. The design team included Transpo Group and Associated Earth Sciences...Read more

@BCRAdesign:
Hello Sunshine!!! Hanging @ Foss waterway between two BCRA projects; #TheHenry & #AlbersMill #loveTacoma #BCRAdesign pic.twitter.com/fMfeCe6TNO

@BCRAdesign: @CREWseasound Thanks for another fantastic luncheon event today! We're excited to complete Phase 2 of Prairie Line Trail! #BCRAdesign

Last phase of Kent Station: 154 apartments

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
March 20, 2015
By Journal Staff

Tarragon started construction in January on a 154-unit apartment building at 443 Ramsay Way in Kent.

It is the final phase of Kent Station, a transit-oriented, mixed-use project intended to revitalize downtown Kent.

BCRA designed the five-story project and Sierra Construction Co. is building it.

Also on the team are Coughlin Porter Lundeen, civil engineer; Yu & Trochalakis, structural engineer; Thomas Rengstorf and Associates, landscape architect; and subcontractors Peltram...Read more

Gordon Family YMCA begins to take shape

Puyallup Herald
March 3, 2015
By Heather DeRosa

What started in 2008 with a group of citizens asking to borrow Sumner’s City Hall building for a meeting has nearly come to fruition now that the Gordon Family YMCA is nearing completion.

The original group of Sumner citizens met to discuss bringing some sort of community center to Sumner. Each had their own vision of what they thought the city needed, but each had the common thread of wanting a place for their friends and neighbors to gather.

“They looked at different community centers around us,” said...Read more

@daratsas: Karen Povey from PDZA and SAMI delivered an inspirational call to action for meaningful wildlife conservation. #tedxtacoma. #bcradesign

@BCRAdesign: Know a stellar marketing professional? BCRA is hiring in #Seattle http://www.bcradesign.com/careers  #weloveourstaff #BCRAdesign #lifeatBCRA

@BCRAdesign: @ProctorStation Don't forget to mention the views come complete with rainbows! #NWisbest #PugetSound #loveTacoma #BCRAdesign

@BCRAdesign
Dave Seifert 17 yrs,
Rod Asa 18 yrs at
: KUDOS contd; Joe Rydman & Teresa Barnum 10 yrs, Janna Peters 15 yrs, Hank Chen 16 yrs, Dave Seifert 17 yrs, Rod Asa 18 yrs at #BCRAdesign

@BCRAdesign: Do you know how much we #loveBCRAstaff? It is that time again; Bob Beals 1 yr, Juan Romero 3 yrs, Chris Spadafore 5 yrs...#BCRAdesign (1/2)

@BCRAdesign: It's 4pm on Friday at #BCRAdesign. Do you have a drink in hand? #lifeatBCRA #4oclockFridays pic.twitter.com/nDHy4BKo5x

BCRA announces two new Directors

Daily Journal of Commerce
February 25, 2015

BCRA hired Paige Nilsen as director of marketing and business development, working out of the Seattle office, and promoted Blake Johnson to director of structural engineering in Tacoma. BCRA is a Puget Sound-based architecture and engineering firm.

View original post via the DJC

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@BCRAdesign: @lewis_ph was just one of many #BCRAdesign staff that shared fond 'Rory' memories. #60thbday #BCRAfamily #blessed pic.twitter.com/hRpGIXsbBZ

@BCRAdesign: Last week, BCRA pulled off one heck of a surprise party for our Prez, Rory Connally. His face says it all.#BCRAdesign pic.twitter.com/9WYsPcIO6z

#bcradesign

@BCRAdesign: Love kicking off the day with a view of #BCRAdesign work in action. #theHenry #loveTacoma pic.twitter.com/IQ9KDqLfL6

Tacoma opening new homeless shelter

King 5 News
December 29, 2014
Reporting by Janet Kim

Tacoma, Wash. -- As parts of Western Washington are expected to see freezing temperatures, a new homeless shelter in Tacoma is getting ready to open its doors.

The Catholic Community Services's new Nativity House was set to open Monday, but it will have to hold until Tuesday night as it awaits the arrival of beds and furniture.

On Tuesday, people will also begin moving into one of the 50 new Nativity Apartments, permanent housing for the chronically homeless.

Kathy Gurko will be one of the...Read more

@BCRAdesign

To our clients, community partners, & staff

Cheers to 2015!: 2014 = BCRA's 25th year. To our clients, community partners, & staff #thankyou #FullofGratitude #BCRA25 Cheers to 2015!

@BCRAdesign: Dec staff anniversaries: Mike Teller - 1 year, Kent McLaren - 8 years & Laura Jacobson - 11 years at BCRA! #weloveourstaff #BCRA25

BCRA designs new park for Fife

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
November 6, 2014
By Lynn Porter

Fife has started construction on the 16-acre Brookville Gardens Park on Valley Avenue just west of 70th Avenue East.

Russ Blount, the city's public works director, said the park will have pedestrian trails and two play structures for children.

Vegetation will be planted on the sides of Wapato Creek to create a wetlands corridor in the park. Visitors will be able to see the creek from a bridge over the corridor.

There will be two picnic shelters and restrooms — all with green...Read more

Pantages Theater reopens with larger stage

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
November 7, 2014
By Journal Staff

An Oct. 25 performance by the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra was the first event held on the renovated stage at the Pantages Theater in downtown Tacoma.

Korsmo Construction spent six months beefing up the theater's structure, expanding the stage, replacing structural roof supports and remodeling the backstage area. The Tacoma-based contractor did the job for about $2 million.

The larger stage allows theater operator Broadway Center for the Performing Arts to host bigger shows. The remodeled...Read more

Realizing Vision, Revamping Space

Expansion and renovation help a Washington church reach to the core of community ministry needs.
Designer Magazine
October 7, 2014
By Designer Staff

In August of 2010, a Washington state church realized its need for revamped ministry space. So Vancouver, Wash.’s Columbia Presbyterian Church staff contacted Merit Construction Northwest of Lakewood, Wash., through Arlington, Texas-based National Association of Church Design Builders (NACDB). The church needed direction on how to move forward with expansion and modifications and wanted a...Read more

Think Globally, Eat Locally

Real Estate Bisnow Newsletter
October 10,2014
By Journal Staff

Creative space isn’t just for offices: Local quick-service chain Taco Time Northwest opened its new prototype restaurant at 5611 221st Pl SE in Issaquah recently, featuring an exterior design using a shed roof and native Northwestern materials. According to Taco Time VP Chris Tonkin, local farmers' markets—with open space and natural lighting—inspired the look of the interior, which was created by Tacoma-based BCRA.

View original via...Read more

Eat that taco by the fireplace: Taco Time Northwest rolls out new prototype restaurant in Issaquah

Puget Sound Business Journal
October 6, 2014
By Glenn Drosendahl

Taco Time Northwest has in recent years distinguished itself from national fast-food chains by using local ingredients and making sauces and many dishes fresh daily.

Now it has a prototype restaurant that further sets it apart.

The new restaurant, which opened late last month in Issaquah, has an exterior design with shed roof inspired by farmers markets, indoor and outdoor fireplaces and – maybe the biggest difference with its competitors – an open kitchen that allows customers to see...Read more

Rare new apartment project begins construction on Mercer Island

*BCRA is contracted to execute Building Envelope Testing services at The Hadley Apartments.

Puget Sound Business Journal
October 3, 2014
By Marc Stiles

Construction has begun on the Hadley, a 209-unit luxury apartment in the commercial core of Mercer Island.

It will be the only big apartment project to start construction on the island, according to the development group, a joint venture of Legacy Partners Residential and Resmark Cos. The total development cost is $63 million.

Apartment development is going gang-busters in and around downtown...Read more

Legacy, Resmark starting Mercer Island apartments

*BCRA is contracted to execute Building Envelope Testing services at The Hadley Apartments.

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
October 1, 2014
By Journal Staff

Legacy Partners Residential and Resmark Apartment Living said construction will begin this week on a six-story, 209-unit apartment project on Mercer Island.

The Hadley Apartments is at the corner of Southeast 27th Street and 76th Avenue Southeast. There will be 244 underground parking spaces and 9,200 square feet of ground-floor retail.

Via Architecture designed the project and Chinn...Read more

Council chooses retail market over co-working center for old Woodinville schoolhouse

*BCRA is currently the Architect for the Woodinville Schoolhouse redevelopment.

The Woodinville Weekly
September 30, 2014
By Brianna Gerdeman

After years of discussions about renovating the old Woodinville schoolhouse on NE 175th Street, the Woodinville City Council picked a concept and a developer for a public-private partnership at last week’s meeting.

The city’s request for proposals in June turned up two proposals, both of which the council and city staff praised. Ultimately, the council voted unanimously to start negotiations with Wilcox...Read more

@BCRAdesign
Jim Wolch 10 yrs,
David Newkirk 10 yrs,
& Scott Shaw 16 yrs
at BCRA!
: And we also thank: Jim Wolch 10 yrs, David Newkirk 10 yrs, & Scott Shaw 16 yrs at BCRA! #BCRAanniversaries #loveourstaff #BCRA25

Tacoma completes part of new downtown trail; more is coming

Daily Journal of Commerce
September 25, 2014
By Journal Staff

The mile-long Prairie Line Trail in Tacoma is taking shape.

When completed, the bicycle and pedestrian trail will run between South 26th and Dock streets, following the original path of the Northern Pacific Railway through downtown Tacoma.
The University of Washington Tacoma will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony from 5-6:30 p.m. today at the Grand Staircase at 1900 Commerce St. for initial segment, called Prairie Line Trail at UWT Station.

The four-block segment runs through campus...Read more

@BCRAdesign: #throwbackthursday Eielson Fire Station Design Team + snowball fights = awesome. http://bit.ly/1CSTXkm  #BCRA25

BCRA Build Day at the Woods @ Golden Given #habitatforhumanity

BCRA's build team getting ready

Jeni giving the rebar a lesson! BAM!

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New look at Firgrove Elementary ensures achievement, inspires hope

BCRA recently completed work at Firgrove Elementary in Puyallup, WA. Scope of work included site walks, exterior finishings and miscellaneous improvements to the existing structure.

Puyallup Herald
By Andrew Fickes
September 10, 2014

Firgrove Elementary School on South Hill carries the distinction of being one of the oldest buildings in the Puyallup School District, and over the past several years, it had the physical attributes to prove it.

The tile flooring in the hallways was worn away, paint on the walls had no rhyme or reason, carpeting in the...Read more

Sounders + YMCA + BCRA = awesome

Hanging out at the Sounders game with our favorite clients from the YMCA - Bob and Judy Ecklund

Kent and Debbie McLaren at the Sounders game showing appreciation to one of our favorite clients - the YMCA. Pictured here with Loren Johnson and his son Elliot.Read more

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Because sometimes you just need to grab happy hour in #Tacoma and appreciate those you work with!

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BCRA commences Landscape Architecture design at South Lake Union multifamily development

BCRA is currently working with Holland Partner Group in Seattle, WA. Scope of work includes Landscape Architecture.

Holland starting 362 apartments at 810 Dexter in South Lake Union
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
September 4, 2014
By Journal Staff

Holland Partner Group is set to begin the next phase of construction on 810 Dexter, a 362-unit apartment building in South Lake Union.

Holland Construction Management, the developer's construction division, is the general contractor.

The city issued a permit variance on Wednesday allowing a...Read more

Columbia Presbyterian Church - Seattle DJC project of the week

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
September 2, 2014
By Journal Staff

Work was recently finished on a $5.5 million expansion and renovation of Columbia Presbyterian Church at 805 Columbia Ridge Drive in Vancouver.

The 41,000-square-foot church has an expanded sanctuary and fellowship hall. Portions of the sanctuary were restored, maintaining the history of the church.

To expand the sanctuary, two 80-foot-long steel beams were installed to replace wood support columns. The reconfigured area has nearly doubled the amount of seating.

Owner:...Read more

Eielson Fire Station Design Team!

Eielson Fire Station Design Team - just north of Fairbanks at the Pipeline!

Snowball fight with Denali in the background (JBER Buckner, AK Design Team)

Team selfies?? A little photo time on the way back to Anchorage!

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BCRA night with the Tacoma Rainiers!

#annualcompanypicnic #welovebaseball #familyfriendly

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Brookville Gardens Groundbreaking

"After much planning, it is a great feeling to break ground and celebrate with our client on an exciting project ahead." - Alan McWain, Brookville Gardens, City of Fife #BCRA25 #LandscapeArchitectureRead more

COMPANY PICNIC!

#annualcompanypicnic #BCRA25 @RainiersLand

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@BCRAdesign: Thanks @RainiersLand for the fantastic company picnic last night! Kudos to Bob on the 1st pitch!! #BCRA25 pic.twitter.com/vENNsNrhmP

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@BCRAdesign: Counting to the days to see Bob Katica throw the 1st pitch next Monday night!! #annualpicnic #BCRA25 @RainiersLand pic.twitter.com/6zR1qW8Xwg

@BCRAdesign: Counting to the days to see Bob Katica throw the 1st pitch next Monday night!! #annualpicnic #BCRA25 @RainiersLand pic.twitter.com/6zR1qW8Xwg

Bear Creek School starts $14M expansion

Daily Journal of Commerce
August 15, 2014
By Journal Staff

Abbott Construction recently started a $14 million job at the Bear Creek School that will add a 52,800-square-foot Upper School and Performing Arts Center. The private school is at 8905 208th Ave. N.E. in Redmond.

The Upper School will have 21 classrooms, three music classrooms, a media center, kitchen, commons, offices and support spaces over two floors. It will serve grades 7 through 12.

The Performing Arts Center will have a 350-seat auditorium-style theater, professional lighting and sound...Read more

Vancouver church expanded, rehabbed

Daily Journal of Commerce
August 8, 2014
By Journal Staff

Merit Construction Northwest recently finished a $5.5 million expansion and renovation of Columbia Presbyterian Church at 805 Columbia Ridge Drive in Vancouver.

The three-phase project created a 41,000-square-foot church with an expanded sanctuary and fellowship hall. Portions of the existing sanctuary were restored, maintaining the history of the church.

The sanctuary expansion involved installation of two 80-foot-long steel beams to replace wood support columns. The reconfigured area is more...Read more

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Random lunch time BBQ....Thank you Ken and Hank! #bcra25

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Rush starts Proctor Square in Tacoma

Daily Journal of Commerce
August 1, 2014
By Journal Staff

Rush Commercial Construction broke ground last month on the $20 million Proctor Square project in North Tacoma for its parent, The Rush Companies. The site is adjacent to Mason Middle School, at North Proctor and 28th streets.

Crews recently started the foundation for the 151-unit apartment building that will have 11,300 square feet of street-level retail space along with a two-level garage for 169 cars. The building will be five stories of wood-frame above two stories of concrete. Six levels will be...Read more

BCRA recognized for innovative stucco system at Madison Elementary School.

Daily Journal of Commerce
May 2, 2014
By Journal Staff

Miller & Sons applied a stucco system to the exterior of Madison Elementary School.

Location: Olympia

Contractor: Miller & Sons

Architect: BCRA

Team: BASF Wall Systems; Commencement Bay Construction Products; The Supply Guy; Amico; Owens Corning; VaproShieldMiller & Sons faced a challenging project in restoring Madison Elementary School.

The school was housed in a poorly designed building that had water infiltration at the roof where there were no...Read more

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Thea Foss kayaking

"Love grabbing a beer with everyone at the Harmon after work and catching a sunset kayak under the Cable Stay Bridge!" - Heather Hocklander, Architect

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Christmas party circa 2008

"Its the most wonderful time of the year." - Hank Chen

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Christmas party circa 2007

#clientlove

"They are one of the best clients to work with and I don’t know where my career with BCRA would be without them. Thank you for all the great years of working together, Walmart!" - Lorie Limson- Cole, Architect

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oh those blueprints...

"As I reflect on the technology memory of making prints on the blueprint machine, inhaling the fumes and feeling like I was killing myself...nonetheless, I am still here!" - Julie Bell, Admin Staff #BCRA25

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Amazing clients

“The pride of working with a great client shows in the end result of our design.” - Lori Robbin, Interiors

Taco Time - Issaquah, WARead more

Boo Bash

"Good memories! Studios dressed up and there were dance offs to remember!" - Shelia White, Admin Staff

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: BCRA is celebrating its 25th year! Join our excitement, share stories via twitter or instagram via #BCRA25 http://bcradesign.com/design-channel 

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Courage Classic 2011

Great ride with a great group of people!
Fun times. - Aaron Locke, Business Development

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BCRA expands shareholder group 

TACOMA, WA (July 23, 2014) ‐ BCRA announces the addition of ten new shareholders to its
ownership group to enhance its position as a multi‐discipline design leader in the Puget
Sound area.

The expanded leadership team is a mix of studio directors and client leads and includes Alan
McWain, Heather Hocklander, Jeremy Doty, Joe Rydman, Justin Goroch, Kent McLaren, Linda
Klokow, Mat Bergman, Scott Shaw and Todd Wolf. With an average tenure of ten years, the group
reflects BCRA’s “designing together” philosophy, representing...Read more

What’s Right With Tacoma: New Nativity House fits scale of development on Yakima Avenue

Local support brings New Nativity House fundraising close to goal – now everyone can donate
Wednesday, 9 July 2014
By Kathleen Merryman, Tacoma Weekly

The New Nativity House, well into construction, has established its shape at Yakima Avenue and 14th Street, and it’s a good match for the neighborhood’s scale.

Come the new year, it will take up its mission there, helping to bring shelter and security to many of the broken people who every day trudge between meals, beds and social services.

This new mission is an expansion and a consolidation of the work...Read more

Wapato Creek work is out to bid

Tacoma Weekly
July 8, 2014
By Steve Dunkelberger

Flood control mitigation work on Wapato Creek linked to improvements on Port of Tacoma Road is out for bid on two fronts.

The City of Fife is seeking contractors for up to $3.5 million in wetland improvements along the 6500 block of Valley Avenue for what could eventually be a new park near Brookville Gardens, while Port of Tacoma has a $10 million list of work about a mile away to control flooding of the tideflats.

The Fife-funded work includes the construction of wetlands and relocation of a portion of...Read more

Open house on downtown Tacoma trail

Daily Journal of Commerce
July 15, 2014
By Journal Staff

TACOMA — Staff from the city of Tacoma are working on the final design for Prairie Line Trail connecting Pacific Avenue to the waterfront, and will hold an open house about the project from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Tacoma Art Museum at 1701 Pacific Ave.

Part of a former rail corridor is being converted into a pedestrian/bicycle trail and linear park through downtown. Conceptual ideas generated last year have been used to create engineering designs for the Pacific Avenue-Waterfront segment.

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Public invited to see final design of Prairie Line Trail segment that connects Tacoma’s Pacific Avenue to the waterfront

* BCRA is excited to serve as Landscape Architect & Civil Engineer for the Prairie Line Trail.

Tacoma News Tribune
July 8, 2014
By: Kathleen Cooper

Come check out the final design of the Prairie Line Trail segment that will connect Pacific Avenue to the waterfront.

The City of Tacoma will hold an open house Thursday (July 17) from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., the city announced in a news release Tuesday.

The Prairie Line Trail is a mile-long linear park that will run through downtown Tacoma on the site...Read more

BCRA proud to support Browns Point community

* BCRA is currently leading stakeholder discussions for the Historic Browns Point park.

Browns Point park at center of changes, agency overlaps
Tacoma Weekly
July 1, 2014
By Steve Dunkelberger

It’s not what is in this “final plan” that has raised the most concern for some people in the historical community. It’s what isn’t mentioned that has their eyebrows raised.

The Points Northeast Historical Society has restored a single-room, 8-by-12 foot real estate office that Puyallup Tribal member and council member Jerry Meeker used to sell waterfront...Read more

Costco in Lynnwood will be the start of a 40-acre mixed-use development

Daily Journal of Commerce
July 3, 2014
By: Journal Staff

Dallas-based developer Cypress Equities held a ceremony Wednesday to kick off construction of a Costco Wholesale store across the street from Alderwood in Lynnwood.

The 150,000-square-foot Costco will be on a 15.5-acre site at 3001 184th St. S.W.

The project is the first part of a 40-acre, mixed-use development called Lynnwood Place.

Long-term plans call for a total of 500 apartments, 192,000 square feet of retail, 188,000 square feet of commercial and entertainment space, and some office...Read more

BCRA commences Envelope Comissioning in Issaquah

BCRA is currently working with Rowley Properties for Envelope Commissioning in Issaquah, WA. Scope of work includes building envelope design, consulting, site inspections, as well as water penetration and air barrier testing.

Rowley to start hotel in Issaquah June 26 May 6, 2014 By: Journal Staff

Rowley Properties said it will start construction June 26 on an eight-story, 123-room extended-stay hotel in Issaquah.

The building will be a Homewood Suites by Hilton and is off state Route 900 and Interstate 90, near a Hilton Garden Inn owned by Rowley Properties.

The new...Read more

BCRA presenting High Performance Building Envelope at Annual EFC

The 10th Annual Energy/Facilities Connections Conference will be held at the Enzian Inn, in Leavenworth, WA on May 6-8th. The conference brings together schools, higher education facilities, municipalities, state and provincial agencies, hospitals, utilities, tribes and non-profits to share best practices and lessons-learned and discover cutting-edge technologies for facilities maintenance and operations.

Dave Seifert, Senior Building Envelope Specialist at BCRA will be speaking at this conference on the topic of High Performance Building Envelope.

Learn more or register...Read more

$35M Sumner YMCA will open in June 2015

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce April 30th, 2014 By: Journal staff

The YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties broke ground on Monday for its $35 million Gordon Family YMCA in Sumner.

Crews from the Tacoma office of Adolfson & Peterson Construction have started work on the 10-acre site at the corner of 160th Avenue East and 64th Street East. They will be using tilt-up concrete walls to save money and time.

Tacoma architect BCRA designed the building with sloped roofs to reduce its overall scale and help it fit into the neighborhood of single-family homes. The building was...Read more

Construction starts on Sumner YMCA

Business Examiner Blog Apr 28, 2014 By: Journal Staff

Adolfson & Peterson Construction joined the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties in a groundbreaking ceremony today to kick off construction on a new YMCA for the community of Sumner.

This 110,000 square foot recreation center, which will serve nearly 22,000 users annually, includes a natatorium, gymnasium, climbing wall, running track, multipurpose rooms, racquetball courts and administrative offices. The new building is expected to open by June 2015.

The Gordon Family YMCA will have tilt-up concrete walls as the...Read more

Ste. Michelle’s 14 Hands Winery to open April 12 in Prosser

Great Northwest Wine March 21, 2014 By: Eric Degerman

PROSSER, Wash. — The Pacific Northwest’s hottest brand, 14 Hands Winery, is set to open its tasting room Saturday, April 12, with a well-worn, historic feel of the Old West.

14 HandsSte. Michelle Wine Estates announced Thursday that the public can get tickets to the grand opening of 14 Hands via the winery website. Part of the year-long transformation from Snoqualmie Vineyards to 14 Hands includes the use of reclaimed wood from old barns in the Horse Heaven Hills.

“We really felt that we needed a winery and a tasting...Read more

14 Hands opens new winery in Horse Heaven Hills

Tri-City Herald April 10, 2014 By: Kristi Pihl

14 Hands has become the fastest growing of the top 25 U.S. premium wine brands, Baseler said. Its wines have scored high, including 90 and 93, on the 100-point scale used by wine aficionados.

"They are truly world-class wines," Baseler said.

The wine is being poured worldwide, representing Washington in other countries, he said. It's also the official wine of the Kentucky Derby.

14 Hands sold 1.4 million cases last year, and Jeriann LeBlanc, the winery's guest service manager, expects they will exceed that this year....Read more

BCRA participates in APWA Spring 2014 conference

BCRA will be at the upcoming APWA – WA Chapter’s Spring 2014 Conference. The conference is hosted at the Tacoma Convention Center, April 15th - 18th. It features 30 technical sessions, networking social events, an exhibit hall with 100 vendors and a public outreach event to give back to the local community.

Visit BCRA at the exhibit hall, vendor space #23.

For more information check out www.apwawaconf.com

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Foss Waterway apartment groundbreaking set

Tacoma News Tribune Feburary 7th 2014 By: John Gille

Construction on the first major building on downtown Tacoma's Thea Foss Waterway since 2008 is set to begin Monday with formal groundbreaking ceremonies now scheduled for Feb. 20.

Preparatory pile-driving will start Monday morning, said Scott Carino, one of a group of Tacoma investors building the 161-unit, $32-million building. The structure won't begin rising out of the ground until after the Feb. 20 formal ceremonies.

The building site is located between Dock Street and the Foss Waterway on the north side of the cable-...Read more

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$4.9M expansion for Vancouver church

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce December 20, 2013 By Journal Staff

Merit Construction Northwest is working on the final two phases of a three-phase expansion and renovation to Columbia Presbyterian Church in Vancouver at 805 Columbia Ridge Drive. The overall project value is $4.9 million.

The project should be finished in April 2014. It is adding 9,000 square feet and renovating 32,000 square feet.

Second phase work involves expansion of the sanctuary and fellowship hall, and construction of a new gathering area and site improvements. Old wood...Read more

Developers say Tacoma's Proctor District is ready for more apartments and retail

Seattle Daily of Commerce December 12, 2013 By Lynn Porter

For the past 15 years, Bill Evans and real estate broker Erling Kuester have been assembling properties near Evans' Pacific Northwest Shop, a gift store in the Proctor District of Tacoma.

Next summer the two friends and business partners expect to start seeing the results of that work.

Evans, Kuester, The Rush Companies of Gig Harbor and Rick Moses of Los Angeles-based development firm RM/d plan to start construction of a 147-unit mixed-use apartment complex called The Proctor next summer. It will be at the...Read more

Local development team announces The Proctor

Business Examiner Blog Dec 11, 2013

The Proctor, a mixed-use center in one of Tacoma’s most unique business districts, got an official go-ahead this morning, with a roster of local residents and companies working toward the new building’s completion.

Plans were announced today to build on the 39,000-square-foot property on the southwest corner of North 28th and Proctor Streets, calling for 147 market rate apartments (mostly one-bedroom units, with a smaller mix of studio and two-bedroom) over 12,000 square feet of retail space. The early plans also show 150 stalls of parking within...Read more

Carter Lake and Hillside Elementary Schools

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce December 9, 2013 By Journal Staff

Work finished this fall at Carter Lake and Hillside Elementary schools. Clover Park School District rebuilt the two schools on their old sites at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Lakewood.

The schools were designed using a standardized prototype based on four core functions: classroom, administration, multi-purpose and resource center. The block can be repositioned to accommodate the site while maintaining function and efficiency.

As a result, the designs were completed in six months. Planning and coordination...Read more

Two JBLM schools use new prototype design

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce November 29, 2013 By: Journal Staff

Clover Park School District rebuilt two schools on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Lakewood: Carter Lake and Hillside Elementary.

Both were completed in time for classes this fall.

The district operates six elementary schools on the military base that were originally built in the 1950s. Since then, the schools have received only cosmetic upgrades.

A program was developed in 2007 with the help of architect BCRA and the district to develop what is called the Military Child Education Initiative. The...Read more

New Foss apartment project groundbreaking could happen early next year

Tacoma News Tribune November 25, 2013 By John Gillie

The Foss Waterway Development Authority has granted developers of a 161-unit apartment project planned for Dock Street on the waterway a 60-day extension to close the purchase of the building site.

That extension, approved last week, isn't a sign the project, announced last spring, is in trouble, said Tony Carino, one of the project developers.

"We expect to have a groundbreaking in January or February at the latest," said Carino.

The extension was necessary because of the extensive paperwork needed these days to...Read more

Photos courtesy of Korsmo Construction

PLU Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Daily Journal of Commerce November 12, 2013 By Journal Staff

After completing a $12 million renovation, Pacific Lutheran University's historic Eastvold Hall in Tacoma has been renamed the Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

The building was restored within the existing footprint, and space was added to expand the lobby, bringing the center to 46,000 square feet. Gallery spaces were expanded, and classrooms, music practice rooms and offices for the theater department were added.

Extensive seismic and ADA...Read more

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Korsmo sets the stage for PLU theater

Daily Journal of Commerce September 20, 2013 By Journal Staff

Korsmo Construction recently completed $12 million in renovation work to historic Eastvold Hall at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.

The 46,000-square-foot project restored the building within its existing footprint, made a small addition to expand the lobby, and installed extensive seismic and ADA access upgrades.

Crews also expanded gallery spaces, made elevator access to all floors, and built classrooms, music practice rooms and offices for the theater department.

A big part of the project was...Read more

Students learn all about new schools at JBLM

First day of school on JBLM Students learn all about new schools Two state-of-the-art facilities open for the first day of school Northwest Guardian September 5th, 2013 By Julie Smith

It was back to school Tuesday for military children living on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Doors opened for the first time in the 2013-14 school year at two new installation elementary schools.

Students at Carter Lake Elementary School on McChord Field and Hillside Elementary School on Lewis Main were welcomed to state-of-the-art two-story buildings that included larger classrooms with smart board...Read more

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Shipping Containers + Vegas = Flaming Praying Mantis?

Repurposed design with shipping containers is well, not all that new. Then again, if you mix panoramic views with renderings and club music…. you may be on track for shipping containers that just got ‘vegas-ized.’ Insert…

The thought of slapping cargo containers in the Las Vegas strip is intriguing, perhaps demonstrative of a city on steroids yearning for a hippy-do-gooder-urban-revitalization note. The Downtown Container Park says identifies the need well; "Most urban revitalization efforts start with crumbling buildings that can be repurposed....Read more

The Pixel Painter

Intense meeting going on judging by the amount of post-it notes. #BCRA #designingtogether

Cladding and wall system creates fast result for military justice facility

Building Design + Construction Products at Work blog By C.C. Sullivan, Contribution Editor

Several innovations in sustainable, lean construction techniques have been gaining broad adoption. One of those is a hybrid enclosure system combining lightweight, architectural precast cladding with a highly insulated inner barrier wall of closed-cell foam and metal studs. Replacing the work of four separate trades, this composite product has been credited with reducing project schedules and costs, sometimes by two months or more. Yet it also offers aesthetic flexibility while ensuring proper...Read more

Resmark to build 7-story Redmond apartment project

Daily Journal of Commerce July 12, 2013 By Journal Staff

Resmark Apartment Living bought a 1.2-acre site in Redmond on Northeast 83rd Street between 164th and 165th avenues northeast for nearly $4.8 million.

The land is permitted for a seven-story, 208-unit apartment complex.

Resmark already started demolition of Valley Furniture and Interiors on the site. Once demolition is complete, construction of the building will begin. Completion is expected in early 2015.

BCRA is designing the building and AP Rushforth is the general contractor....Read more

Foss Waterway development approved

Business Examiner - Daily Briefs Jul 9, 2013

The Tacoma City Council gave the go-ahead on July 9 to the Henry Foss Group, in conjunction with the Foss Waterway Development Authority, to begin development on the Foss Waterway property at 1933 Dock Street.

Specifically, the Council approved the building of a five-story, mixed-use site that includes mixed retail and a 167-unit multifamily housing. The site is between the existing Albers Mill and the Interstate 509 cable-stayed bridge over the waterway.

"This helps us fulfill the potential for developing our waterway," said...Read more

The Fifty United Plates

When I'm feeling a little stale at work... I often find myself lost on Kickstarter. Inspiration abounds from all over the globe.

Today, I didn't have to stray too far from home... check out Kaitlyn and Ryan Lawless of Corbé Company. Transplants to Orcas Island from the Midwest, this duo is passionate about travel, food and ceramics. Combine those into one and you get ceramics that can hold food from places you traveled. The down to earth design inspiration is best told via their Kickstarter video, check it out.

So make your...Read more

Skate park takes flight

Kitsap Week June 20, 2013 By Michelle Beahm

Leslie Reynolds-Taylor can remember a time when the only places skaters like her son could do what they love in town was in parking lots and on streets. From that reality, an idea was born.

More than seven years and $100,000 in fundraising later, the South Kitsap Skate Park will be opened to the public June 22.

The skate park, designed by New Line Skateparks, includes a 7,000-square-foot bowl, a 7,700-square-foot plaza and a 16-foot full pipe. It’s one of only a few skateparks in Kitsap County, and it’s the only skatepark in South...Read more

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BCRA is a 2013 Webby Honoree

In early 2012, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) was tasked by the EPA to lead a wood smoke reduction program to help areas in Pierce County get pollution levels back into legal levels. BCRA was contracted by PSCAA to run the communication side of that program. A significant portion of the work was strategic public outreach to raise awareness of the issue and encourage participation in two key calls to action; sign up for burn ban alerts and obey bans when they are called and trade in an old, uncertified wood stove for a cleaner technology or for cash. A significant focus of our...Read more

BCRA and YMCA work to find new location in Sumner

YMCA targets new location north of highway in Sumner Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald Reporter APRIL 26, 2013 By Daniel Nash

Representatives from the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties announced Thursday they are pursuing a new location in Sumner, according to a press release . The location being examined is a 10-acre lot immediately east of the intersection of 64th Street East and 160th Avenue East.

...Read more

Children's Museum of Tacoma accepts national honor

Tacoma museum nets national honor Business Examiner Blog Apr 25, 2013

The Children’s Museum of Tacoma will be one of four Association of Children’s Museums members celebrated as 2013 Promising Practice Award recipients.

The Promising Practice Award program, according to ACM, is sponsored through a "honors excellence and provides recognition for innovative and creative practices in U.S. children's museums." The Children’s Museum of Tacoma received acclaim for its "Pay As You Will" admission policy, adopted in January of 2012 by museum leadership to respect many families' struggle to...Read more

GoldieBlox: The Engineering Toy for Girls

Bob the Builder. Jimmy Neutron. Lego Man. Sid the Science Kid. Handy Manny.

The science-loving, tower-building cartoon heroes popular among kids today are all boys, or -- I suppose, in the case of Lego Man -- men.

Incidentally, so are about 90 percent of America's engineers....

San Francisco-based entrepreneur Debbie Sterling wants to change that statistic. Sterling was trained as an engineer at Stanford, where she was one of 181 women in a program that graduated nearly 700 people in all. To even out the score, she decided to begin with an early intervention in a...Read more

After remodel, Sprinker center cuts energy use in half

Pierce County Press Release April 9, 2013 By Ryan Dicks

Sprinker Recreation Center, which serves thousands of visitors every year, has won Pierce County’s “Biggest Energy Loser” award for 2012 by cutting its energy use in half.

The 35-year-old ice rink was remodeled in 2011. The remodel consisted of upgrading mechanical systems, improving the building envelope and changing out the lighting, which led to a 49.8 percent reduction in energy used last year.

The result: the facility is saving more than $98,000 per year in energy, water and sewer costs.

“The Sprinker...Read more

Plans for new Foss development start taking shape

Tacoma News Tribune March 28, 2013 By John Gillie

A decade after they built the first major residential structure on Tacoma’s redeveloping Thea Foss Waterway, a Tacoma-area group is proposing a $31 million project to restart the waterway’s transformation.

The Henry Group told the Thea Foss Waterway Development Authority Wednesday evening it wants to build a mixed-use, residential and commercial structure on a vacant parcel just north of the cable-suspended bridge over the waterway.

The Dock Street building would include 161 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, 286...Read more

A Chicago Bridge Gets A Complicated Overhaul

If you have ever walked the streets of the Windy City - you may have noticed a bridge or two. If you've had a chance to sail down the Chicago and Calumet rivers you may have noticed - well, a few more. They City of Chicago DOT are responsible for more than 300 bridge and viaduct structures, including 37 operable movable bridges along these waterways. Currently, the Wells Street drawbridge is under some creative construction, read the full NPR transcript of this engineering feat below.

NPR
March 6, 2013
By David Schaper

A major artery that feeds Chicago's...Read more

BCRA Seattle selected as architect for 14 Hands Winery in Prosser

Tacoma News Tribune February 4, 2013 By Herald Staff

The Woodinville-based Ste. Michelle Wine Estates plans to open a 14 Hands winery in Prosser this fall.

The winery will have a tasting bar, lounge and barrel room, and barn wood, stone and earth tones will be incorporated in the interior and exterior design “to reflect the winery’s location at the base of the Horse Heaven Hills appellation,” a Ste. Michelle news release said.

The architect is BCRA Design in Seattle.

Ted Baseler, president and CEO of Ste. Michelle, said in the release that “the performance of 14...Read more

Cathedral restoration found in your kitchen cabinet

The British have some stunning cathedrals, and York Minster, in the north of England, is one of the most magnificent of all.

Construction on it began 800 years ago, and a mere 2 1/2 centuries later, work was complete.

The result was one of Europe's largest Gothic cathedrals and one that's had a rough ride through history: It's been pillaged and looted, and damaged by devastating fires and lightning strikes.

Today, there's another threat: acid rain. As a result, the cathedral's stones are decaying.

British scientists and archeologists have teamed up to try to...Read more

NewspaperWood

Typically, paper is made from wood.

Now, imagine wood made from paper.

Dutch designer Mieke Meijer and Dutch design studio Vij5 presented a wood-like material made from recycled newspapers at Ventura Lambrate in Milan last month. Check out this video to learn how:

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Pagoda in Tacoma reopens Saturday

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce January 9, 2013 By Journal Staff

The historic pagoda at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma will reopen with a celebration from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The park is at 5400 N. Pearl. Luther Twitchell was the architect for the original pagoda, which has an Asian influenced design. It opened as a streetcar station in 1914 and was used for events in the 1960s. The last significant renovation was in the 1980s. A fire started by an arsonist in 2011 damaged the infrastructure and roof. Repairs cost $7 million and included adding multipurpose space and a catering...Read more

BCRA adds shareholders and enhances leadership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: Rory Connally, Interim President 253.627.4367 rconnally@bcradesign.com

To mark the beginning of a new path for BCRA, the 24-year-old design company is expanding its ownership with the addition of four shareholders. This builds on a well-established foundation as a multi-disciplinary design firm and leaves BCRA poised to serve clients better.

The firm’s new shareholders are:

Stuart Young is an architect and principal who joined BCRA in 1998. He is a creative visionary...Read more

BCRA highlighted in NAIOP's December newsletter

On December 13, BCRA recently sponsored the South Sound NAIOP annual holiday fundraising and networking event. The fundraising supported Bridges, a non-profit grief and loss support program offered through Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center for grieving children.

Also in NAIOP news, BCRA's long time partnership with YMCA helped establish a vision for a new dining center at Camp Seymour. As the signature building on the camp, it will serve as a place to gather and feed over the nearly 13,000 visitors. Construction commenced in July 2012, and is currently underway....Read more

BCRA featured by YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties

“It’s an awesome benefit,” says Jennifer Matney of her employer BCRA’s corporate membership. “It’s one of those things that, for me at least, I don’t know I’d spend the money to do. I would probably say I’d do something outside, but it would rarely happen.”

BCRA has valued a long standing relationship with YMCA's all over the South Puget Sound and the Y’s Corporate Membership program is designed to enhance the health of a company’s most important asset — its employees. Corporate members enjoy all the benefits of Y membership like unlimited access to all branches, free 12 Week...Read more

Investigative Science Saves a Valued Community Ice Arena

Featured in Washington Parks and Recreation Today; BCRA's Lee Durston and Kent McClaren share the process that led Sprinker Ice Arena's transformation.

"With lack of funding available for a project of this size, the building was scheduled for closure. Public outcry in the press led the county to seek alternative ideas to save Sprinker. Tacoma Design firm BCRA, along with PCS Structural Solutions, offered a “second opinion” of the facility, to see what could be done. BCRA’s team conducted testing using modern investigative techniques, highlighted by infrared scanning. They found a...Read more

Modern JBLM homes on Lewis North resemble those found in cities

The Tacoma News Tribune Oct. 7, 2012 By Adam Ashton

Master Sgt. John Lingenfelter’s life turned upside down a month ago when his 2-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia. Suddenly, the soldier faced an uncertain struggle at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He knew he’d have to provide Savannah with around-the-clock care for the long haul. This would not be the kind of fight he could control. One obstacle fell away surprisingly easily, though. The base housing office offered him a newer, larger home that would help the Lingenfelters give Savannah the attention she needs without disrupting...Read more

BCRA expands office in Seattle

Published by: Daily Journal of Commerce

October 17, 2012

BCRA has moved its Seattle office to 414 Stewart St., Suite 200, to accommodate growth. The 4,500-square-foot space is nearly triple what BCRA previously occupied downtown.
The office has desks for 30 staff members and “hoteling” spaces where employees from Tacoma, Seattle and Wenatchee can work as needed.

BCRA provides architecture, interior design, building science, engineering, planning, and resource management.

Full press release for the event may be downloaded below.Read more

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Viva via di il ponte

In southern Italy, a bridge still stands in Salerno-Reggio Calabria. It is currently facing possible destruction, and a team of architects took charge to create a way to not only save the site but make the most of it. Samuel Nageotte, OFF Architecture, and PR Architects joined forces to propose a set of vertical villages stacked on top of one another under the bridge.

Inspired by the antique roadway, Solar Park South consists of a system of bridges and tunnels. The public bridge areas would connect public spaces such as cultural centers, lounge decks, and indoor and...Read more

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Push-pull bike just might just go 100 miles per hour

Although the egg resonates a Lady Gaga's Grammys capsule...it is a bike.

Enter pop-culture flashback here:

Instead of pedaling around in a circle, the rider of this bike uses a push-pull pedal system, which, according to Obree, gives the bike part of its aerodynamic magic: "The push pull arrangement means that the knees do not dip as far as would be the case with a circular movement, again reducing the frontal area and air resistance."

Wired also caught up on this article and took it a step...Read more

We're all ears...

Dutch creative agency Souverein took advantage of an as-yet entirely underutilized artistic medium: earphones. Although the portraits seem to be computer generated (the shine and shadows on the cords are just too otherworldly perfect) that doesn’t take away from their ingenuity.

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QR code overload at the Russian Pavilion

"Every surface inside the top floor of the Russian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale is covered in QR codes, which visitors decode using tablet computers to explore ideas for a new Russian city dedicated to science. Downstairs, visitors can peer through lenses to catch a glimpse of the gated and secretive science towns established under the Soviet Union, intended to provide a contrast with the open and collaborative vision presented upstairs.

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image via Design Taxi/Samsung

Window to the future

At CES earlier this year, Samsung's Smart Window made its debut. The window works like a touch screen, allowing users to select a variety of apps and functions with a touch of their fingers. Users can even ‘draw’ the windows blinds by simply sliding their fingers down the screen. From the videos below, the window demonstrates the ability to surf the web, watch videos and even give presentations.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tE06ELPwrH4&feature=player_embedded

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Public Radio Redesigned

If you haven't already heard a podcast at 99% Invisible, you're missing out.

99% Invisible is a popular radio show and podcast about design, architecture and all the thought that goes into the things most people don’t even think about. The stories are engaging and conversational, but have a precise sound design that is multilayered and tightly edited. They’re produced to stand up to multiple listens and reveal more each time they’re heard. The ultimate goal of 99% Invisible is to make radio...Read more

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Coca-Cola Unveils A Building That Can Be Played Like A Musical Instrument

"As part of the Olympic Park for London Olympics 2012, Coca-Cola has unveiled a building that can be played like a musical instrument.

Called the ‘Coca-Cola Beatbox’, the crystalline structure—designed by London-based architectural duo Pernilla Ohrstedt and Asif Khan—features more than 200 plastic air cushions that contain different sounds.

When visitors touch parts of the structure—as they travel up the building on a 200-meter journey to the roof top—sounds are made, and music collages can be created."

More images at...Read more

"Common Ground" at 13th Venice Architecture Biennale

With the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale underway, let's revisit Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs's interview with architect and director of this year's event, David Chipperfield. The interview shares the thinking behind year’s theme, "Common Ground" and Chipperfield speaks candidly about Architects involvement in how we work with and approach the common needs of architecture and society. Chipperfield stresses the need for the profession to address “the 99.99% of the rest of the world which architects are not dealing with.” Otherwise he says, architects risk being relegated to being “...Read more

Secret Stash

Missing keys? Want to protect your nutritious snacks at work?

http://vimeo.com/12850662

Via Secret Stash Project by Yi-Ting Cheng, filmed and edited by Juriaan Booij

"This project is about concealing valuables, secrets, bad habits and personal information in our workplaces. Here, hidden spaces/ messages were created within 8 general objects such as wood boards, lamps and disposable coffee cups.

Why are...Read more

Environmental graphics installation in stop motion

Check out our latest environmental graphics installation at the Center for Urban Waters in this stop motion video.

Center for Urban Waters 2nd floor art installation from BCRA on Vimeo .Read more

3rd quarter newsletter: HARVEST

Read up on the latest at BCRA! Reflecting on our hard work over the exciting (and busy) past six months, Relay for Life recap, and details on the expansion of our new Seattle office at 4th and Stewart!Read more

BCRA joins JBLM & CPSD for groundbreaking event

This Monday, July 30 at 10 a.m, Clover Park School District (CPSD) and Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) will host a ground breaking ceremony for the new Carter Lake and Hillside Elementary Schools Monday. As the selected Architect for the project, BCRA shares excitement to commence construction on both schools. Both will be rebuilt at their current locations-Carter Lake will have a capacity of 500 students and Hillside will accommodate 650 students. The upcoming event was also featured on

The ground breaking will take place at the Hillside Youth Center, 6396 Garcia Blvd (near...Read more

Playgrounds for parents

A concept borrowed from China and parts of Europe, New York City is testing a playground built for adults. Macombs Dam Park in the Bronx opened about two years ago to set the stage for future adult outdoor fitness facilities to come. The goal is to lure people off their couches and into the outdoors with specially designed playground equipment to exercise in a community driven, simplistic way that conjures up the nostalgic of child-like fun with physical activity.

It is working… the city plans to bring as many as two dozen more to neighborhoods across the five boroughs in the next...Read more

Design for London

With the Olympic games looming, we can't help but appreciate all the city planning and preparation it takes to host such a momentous occasion. We recently stumbled upon a awesome site to check out: Design for London . The establishment is "a design resource for London. A small team within the Greater London Authority, we work on behalf of the Mayor of London. The main focus of our work is supporting boroughs, other local players, and project deliverers to shape a better city. We help them think about the future and make...Read more

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French Press in a pinch

With many coffee lovers in the office, and the select few that even bring thier own brewing gear to work... we had to share this coffee packaging that lets you brew gourmet coffee within it, and dispose of it easily.

via DesignTaxi , the "‘Coffeebrewer’ is described by the company as a hybrid between a filter dripmaker and French press. It contains a filter with 26 grams of ground specialty coffee that lets you brew up to 3 cups of coffee.All you need to do it open it, pour 500 ml of hot water, and let it brew for 5...Read more

Photo by Mike Chino for Inhabita

Dwell on Design 2012...

...just wrapped!

We had to see what the latest designers created and discovered. With summer pending in the NW - we can't help by dream about spending some time under the stars in a Casa Bubble (above) or a versatile Cricket Trailer (below).

Check out the exhibitors and award winners at Dwell on Design...Read more

Digital Citizen Planning

Trending to our recent post regarding Chicago schools involving their students in design - we are intrigued with this new perspective to involve the greater public in the planning process! Gothenburg, Sweden is getting locals involved with a interactive and photorealistic 3D map that residents can use to drop in suggestions and ideas for improving their city. What a way to really know how residents currently utilize communities and involve them as a stakeholder in the process! Via...Read more

BCRA's landscape architects designing garden hatchery for local park

From the minds of BCRA's landscape architects and environmental graphic designers, the design for Brookville Gardens Community Park in the City of Fife includes rain gardens, green roofs, educational signage and branding, and now - a fish hatchery. Full concepts will be ready for review later this summer, but word is getting out in the press about this exciting environmental effort for Fife and the Puyallup River. http://bit.ly/LiSeIM Read more

BCRA featured in the June issue of Building Design + Construction

The June issue of Building Design + Construction features an article on "Military Construction: 5 Trends That Could Spell Success For Your Firm." BCRA's BRAC 132 Headquarters in Fort Belvoir, VA was highlighted.

Read the full article: http://bit.ly/MAwYAD

Learn more about BRAC 132 US Army Legal Services Agency HQ and Parking Structure: http://bit.ly/MoTQ6I Read more

The Right Way to Engage Residents in a Neighborhood Redesign

Via the Atlantic Cities, check out the latest thoughts on how to involve residents in the development of their communities. We applaud the holistic, systems approach to how this neighborhood project is being designed and implemented in Denver. Check it out at www.theatlanticcities.com

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Schools redesigned by students

When we reminisce about roaming the hallways of our old Ala Mater, most of us don’t recall the amazing locker system or killer cafeteria design. What if we did? Better yet, what if we asked today’s students how they would design their very own schools? See how Chicago’s Architecture Foundation created DiscoverDesign and are elevating design to the forefront of Educational curriculum. Read more at Mind/Shift. Read more

Peep Invasion

Expressing your worst fears in a creative environment never ends well. We could not resist surprising our Senior Graphic and Environmental Designer today with an invasion of sugar-loaded peeps once we learned they just drive him a little crazy... good luck at your desk today Michael! : )

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Wood stove design challenge

The Alliance for Green Heat recently announced a wood stove design challenge. The Design Challenge will culminate in a Wood Stove Decathlon, modeled after the Solar Decathlon, which will take place on the National Mall in November 2013. The Challenge grew from discussions between the Alliance for Green Heat and editors at Popular Mechanics magazine who believe innovation can overcome some of the problems inherent in the wood stove and that a "smart" wood stove may be on the horizon.

The Challenge is sponsored by the Alliance for Green Heat with a number partner institutions:...Read more

You are where you eat...

As seen in the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, save the best conversation pieces at your dinner table for your raw food. Via Architizer , Landscape architect Dagný Bjarnadóttir brought together Plexiglass and some creativity to create Furnibloom.

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Air Barrier 101

Did you know that BCRA has completed 200 tests on structures for the US Army Corps of Engineers? As seen in May's issue for the Center for Design + Construction, learn from BCRA's Dale Anderson and Lee Durston the multiple benefits of air barrier testing and how to include this energy saving test in your next design or construction scope of work.

Page 55: http://bit.ly/JyYhL0

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Kevin Costner was onto something...

Or James Earl Jones. Or was it Kevin Costner's father's ghost? Anyhow - startling evidence shows if bikes get some share on the road, they'll use it. As well as the other bikes that will flock to that space thereafter. As Good point out, the work required to create new roadways to support such a change in road infrastructure - will also employ more jobs then general resurfacing/road construction alone. Just in case you need the evidence on hand for your next planning meeting read the full article at Good ...Read more

Design build time lapse

Before we jump into the week, let's savor Dwell's upcoming issue. Our Art Director came across a design-build time lapse that was share worthy (and feel-good) worthy . Kudos to TYIN Tegnestue!

"TYIN Tegnestue, the Norwegian architecture firm founded by Andreas Gjertsen and Yashar Hanstad in 2007, has made it their work and passion to build locally inspired, cleverly designed structures for communities in need around the world, from Bangkok to Sumatra to the Thailand-Burma border. One architectural typology they keep returning to is that of libraries. They built the Safe Haven...Read more

It pays to be liked.

As read in the Atlantic Cities , the Urban Land Institute knows “a community’s appeal drives economic prosperity." Through America's growth over the past half century, many of the world’s cities and towns have gone from “the unique to the uniform, and from the stylized to the standardized." The article goes on to indicate traditional American suburbs are near carbon-copies of each other; due to a streamlined process of building materials, architectural styles, corporate standards, and outdoor media presence.

Call this the 'goodness' effect... an individual's call to action...Read more

Walmart continues commitment to clean energy

Applause to big-box shops like Walmart for continued commitment to clean energy. By 2013, 130 stores, 75 percent of the company’s locations, will run solar. As inhabitat indicates, this could have a very positive ripple effect in a call to action for corporations to come. Read the full article via inhabitat.com Read more

BCRA launches new site for military partnership

BCRA recently launched a new website for the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (SSMCP). The Partnership, formed in 2011, is a regional collaboration of the public and private sector dedicated to building thriving military communities. Like any new organization, raising awareness and providing clarity to the mission was an important objective of the Partnership during its first full year of operation.

As the lead design and communication consultant supporting SSMCP, BCRA designed a new website, www.jblm-growth.com , to...Read more

UX design for augmented reality

We all knew the future involves leather jackets... and maybe some of us hoped someday for a world like Minority Report. Technology and design not only go hand-in-hand, but high-performance technology inherently requires well-meditated design. With the recent buzz this month on Google's augmented reality glasses (known as Project Glass) - we started talking in the office... how will design enhance or influence the augmented reality experience? What role will we play as designers and how might our our developed designs in real life be one day influenced by the design needs of augmented...Read more

2nd quarter newsletter released

Check out the latest updates from BCRA offices, our thriving recreation market, as well as more babies, birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate!Read more

BCRA quarterly newsletter now available

Enjoyed by our staff, we decided it was time to share more about the inner workings of BCRA through our existing quarterly newsletter. Check out our Q1 released in January 2012 and stay tuned for more!Read more

Code Changes Respond to Healthcare Flow and Operational Cost

In this article, BCRA's Healthcare Studio comments on critical code changes for 2012 that are having multiple ramifications to healthcare design. http://bit.ly/LsXsjE Read more

Floating 'drive in' Theater

Maybe we're dreaming of summer in the Pacific Northwest today...but check out this concept where a drive-in theater becomes a 'float-up' experience in Thailand. http://bit.ly/H1FoPL Read more

Historic preservation becomes art

Call it art or printmaking...imagine the ability 'undo' a fresco?

Via philagrafika

"Spanish artists María Jesús González and Patricia Gómez have created large-scale prints, photographs and related videos during their artist residency at the now decommissioned Holmesburg Prison in Northeast Philadelphia. The artists, have a collaborative practice grounded in art conservation; utilizing a modified version of a technique known as strappo, they work primarily to preserve the surfaces of buildings—the veritable “skin of...Read more

Channel BCRA

Happy Friday - the weekend is upon us! Take a 5 minute break and check out BCRA's new Vimeo channel .Read more

Printed in solid stone, from thin air.

Discussion is building about the upcoming film, " The Man Who Prints Houses ." Part documentary and an true insight into this innovator's passion (and sacrifice) - Enrico Dini dreams to one day see houses printed.

Robotically, in solid stone, from thin air.

Based upon his discovery to mimic the process of how rock forms under seabed - he has created a new construction technique with of 3-D printing. Check out the link to the movie trailer below. What would you create?...Read more

How Colleges Can Foster Development Zones

Tacoma has done a great job of utilizing a public educational institution as catalyst for economic revitalization. UW-T has provided the city with a much needed influx of people and money for redevelopment efforts that are attracting other private development interests. This article discusses another development zone success story at Brown University in Rhode Island. Have you experienced others?

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Do you wake up feeling a bit nervous?

You might just be on the 'creative edge' according to Brent Toderian, Vancouver’s recent Planning Director. Despite his abrupt departure - he shares his love for the city and how the principles as a city planner "take your time and make sure you think through all your options" will guide him through his next steps from here. Check out the full exit interview via the Atlantic Cities.Read more

5o Ideas for the New City

http://bit.ly/f27YXf

BCRA's Director of Planning & Resource Management shared this blog from Urban Omnibus. Some very exciting and progressive ideas here. Which ones strike a chord with you, and why?Read more

The PLU 'Imaginarium"

Currently on the boards with BCRA's Learning + Culture team, Pacific Lutheran University's Eastvold Auditorium is taking shape as the premier theater venue in the South Sound area. Read more about the progress with PLU Read more

A table for one... or six?

Spanish designer Mr. Simon created the solution for those guests that always show up sans-RSVP... a bench that pulls apart to reveal six hidden chairs. We love when they sit together as one unit, the beautiful attention to detail is shown in the artwork on the wood. Cóm-oda by Mr. Simon: http://bit.ly/ynzDaN Read more

i-Vintage

With many iPhone users around, we develop a crush on well-designed accessories like the Gizmon iCA iPhone Case. Vintage and simplicity brought to life, the camera is a sleek case for the iPhone, and functions with interchangeable lenses - optimizing the iPhone's image capabilities. This could sure de-clutter my next carry on! Get yours at: http://bit.ly/zksNjv Read more

Building Science + Architecture work together to save Sprinker Recreation Center

BCRA's integrated Building Science and Architecture worked together to preserve a much-loved community asset. Pierce County Parks & Recreation celebrated the re-opening of Sprinker Recreation Center on 01.28.12.Read more

Infographic of the day: the magic and madness of the creative process

Fast Company says it well, "everyone starts the creative process from the same place, with an idea." Check out this infographic by Virus Comix that demonstrates where the road can lead from that idea... http://bit.ly/yQPM8N Read more

City’s greatness can come from doing a lot of little things right

Take a moment to read this article from The News Tribune written by BCRA's Stuart Young. We would love your thoughts as we open the dialogue: what can we do to help make Tacoma great? http://bit.ly/xKHTAe Read more

APA ranks Tacoma's own Point Defiance Park

The American Planning Association (APA), in its annual “Great Places in America” program, has declared Point Defiance Park as one of 10 “Great Spaces” in the United States. View the publication's pdf.

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Our Wikileaks

Our own Gareth Roe is hiding on Wikipedia. We know he rocks Land Use Planning... but did you know he's been riding a skateboard since 72'? http://bit.ly/znK6q6 Read more

Designed for Disaster

Applause to some top-notch students at New York City College of Technology - (CUNY). Student researchers Erik Jester, Hiba Nafe, Long Ruan know "the current global ecological crisis is at the forefront of architecture." Check out their exploration of a deployable first response shelter: http://bit.ly/zpB1ZD Read more

BCRA designs new space for Pacific Northwest Eye

Designed by the architects and engineers leading BCRA's Healthcare team, Pacific Northwest Eye recently moved into their newly designed 21,300 sf building.Read more

Preserving local history, BCRA looks to future

When a fire destroyed the nearly 100-year old pagoda in Tacoma's Point Defiance Park, BCRA stepped in to renovate and improve the landmark.Read more

Bringing the kitchen sink to the table

Using everything from new technology, disparate ideas, and marketing strategies to design a better space.Read more

Updating design for an updated practice

Successful healthcare design doesn't simply follow trends; it must anticipate and respond to the changing nature of patients and medical professionals.Read more

BCRA receives Department of Defense recognition

The Department of Defense has honored BCRA for their work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Air Leakage Test Protocol. BCRA worked to develop and implement the protocol, which will optimize energy usage in military buildings.

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Central Washington University Receives first LEED Gold Certification

Incorporating a host of green features, CWU's Dean Hall stands as the first LEED certified building on the campus.Read more

Boundless Flexibility at an Independent School

Designed by BCRA Learning + Culture, a new performing arts space featuring a black box theater solved complex production and acoustical challenges at Charles Wright Academy in University Place, WA.Read more

MarketWatch: VIMtrek

As seen in the Wall Street Journal, the VIMtrek application rapidly converts Autodesk Revit® designs into rendered, and interactive environments, and easily be shared. Is VIMtrek is bridging the gap between slick gaming software graphics and architectural rendering programs? http://bit.ly/wx1SyD Read more

Djiloriann? A bench made of pencils?

A padded hoodie to nap at your desk? We're enjoying some eye candy on Design Milk's 2011 Year in Review. http://bit.ly/xUMGjJ Read more

Digital Fabrication = stellar jigsaw staircase

As seen on treehugger.com, we're digging this sculptural approach a staircase. UK-based Atmos Studio achieved this design with digital fabrication. All elements were cut and flat packed that perfectly slot together like an architectural jigsaw. http://bit.ly/AvI5Dj

Photography © Alex Haw / Atmos StudioRead more

Rooftop garden

Hydroponic rooftop garden

Kudos to New York restaurateur John Mooney. He is the first chef in the U.S. to grow all of his produce on a rooftop farm. Cubeme.com shares the farm "uses a pH balanced ionic mineral based water solution that is pumped through a central tower that comes in contact with the plants’ roots. The Tower Garden™ uses a closed system technology to recycle 100% of the nutrients and water minimizing waste." Via bit.ly/yaCxzz Read more

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