• @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.

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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

  • #hApPyHoUr

    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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  • #BCRAfamily

    #weLOVEkids @RainersLand #baseball #annualcompanypicnic #BCRA25Read more

  • 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


    #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

  • #bcra25

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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

  • Twinsies!

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

  • Designed or engineered?

  • #bcra25 #relayforlife

  • 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

  • #bcra25

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

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

  • 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.

    ...Read more

  • 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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  • #designingtogether

  • #puddlesofsunshine #ballard #designingtogether

  • #designingtogether #bikefixtures #peddlerbrewery

  • #buildingbridges and connecting the dots.

  • 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

  • #portlandoregon #streetscapes #urbanplaces #albertschweitzer #designingtogether

  • #oldandnew #portlandoregon #streetscapes #urbanplaces #designingtogether

  • #BCRA #creativecollaborative #designingtogether

  • $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

  • image iva Korsmo Construction

    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.

    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:

    Read the full article dezeen Read more

  • 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


    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.

    ...Read more

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    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.


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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?


    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?

    http://bit.ly/xOlz1B Read more

  • 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


    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

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  • 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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