Designing for Human Health: USGBC Magazine Interviews ZGF’s Kathy Berg and Marty Brennan

For an article featured in the spring issue of its member magazine, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently interviewed ZGF partner Kathy Berg about how design can inspire greater physical activity in the workplace.

ZGF project architect and daylighting specialist Marty Brennan also described how the use of circadian lighting indoors can complement natural daylight, improving occupant wellness. At a ZGF-designed behavioral-health facility in Seattle, circadian lighting helps synchronize patients’ natural sleep-wake rhythms, marking the passage of time and providing a sense of calm as the day winds down.

Berg was also featured on a recent episode of USGBC’s “Built for Health” podcast series, where she discussed the impact of design on how people move within the built environment. The full issue can be read here.

VIDEO: The Future of Post Occupancy Evaluations

ZGF’s Chris Chatto recently presented at Building Design + Construction’s Accelerate Live Conference on the next frontier of pre- and post-occupancy evaluations. Examining best practices from ZGF’s own experience in developing pre- and post-occupancy evaluations of the spaces we design, Chatto shared the following insights with attendees from across the design and construction industry.

  1. Start small, think big: Don’t try to do it all on the first try (or survey). Grow an internal culture of POEs through tools and processes designed to be scalable within the firm.
  2. Create vs. contract: Resources, both people and technical, vary at each firm. Developing your own POE vs. contracting with an outside organization should be an individual choice for each firm. At ZGF, we’re already seeing benefits and synergies from the effort of developing our own.
  3. Pre-occupancy informs post-occupancy: Utilizing pre-occupancy surveys at the outset of projects can demonstrate its value in design and help define issues and metrics that may be best assessed and compared by a post-occupancy survey.
  4. Successful POEs benefit the entire integrated design team: In high performance buildings, resource use, occupant comfort and experience, and their productivity and satisfaction are intimately tied together. Post-occupancy process should reflect that. Recognizing and advocating for this builds support of designers and project managers, consultants, and most importantly clients.

To watch the full presentation, click the link above.

ENR California Names ZGF 2018 Design Firm of the Year

ENR California has named ZGF the 2018 Design Firm of the Year, noting that since it was founded our firm has “consistently delivered large, innovative designs” across multiple sectors, from healthcare to higher education and beyond. The accompanying feature article, titled “ZGF Seeks the Right Solution for Every Project,” acknowledges that our designs “embrace [California’s] commitment to sustainability and often accommodate multiple purposes within a single structure.”

When asked about the experience of working with ZGF on the Warren J. Baker Center for Science and Mathematics at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Phil Bailey, Director of Frost Endowment at the University, shared that “ZGF listened and asked questions to be sure they understood our vision, values, and goals. They came back with innovative ideas and brought in the consultants needed to build the best building.”

Abel Gonzales, Southern California business unit leader for DPR Construction, has worked with ZGF on projects including the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion, as well as the currently under-construction LA BioMed. He describes ZGF’s leadership and project teams as collaborative, and noted that the firm always demonstrates “tremendous integrity and character while working with [DPR] and others to find the right solution for the project.”

Undark Magazine Spotlights ZGF’s Use of Circadian Lighting

While nothing beats natural light, the use of circadian lighting indoors is catching on in schools, offices, hospitals and even sports stadiums. A new piece from Undark Magazine — a digital science publication funded by the prestigious Knight Science Journalism program at MIT — explores the implications on human health and productivity. The piece highlights the ZGF-designed Swedish Medical Center’s Ballard behavioral health unit’s use of the lighting technology.

To see how it works, watch the video below:

Architect Magazine Highlights ZGF’s Approach to Pre- and Post-Occupancy Evaluations

Pre- and post-occupancy evaluations of the spaces we design can provide the data to not only validate our design decisions, but inform our own teams about how well these buildings serve their intended occupants.

In a new article from Architect magazine hitting newsstands this month, ZGF’s Dane Stokes, Tim Deak and Paul Diaz were interviewed about how emerging digital tools can unearth more insights than ever before, while enabling us to make the most informed choices possible.

These assessments also help us optimize the interaction between people and the built environment, make recommendations for future design interventions, and show our commitment to our clients and the success of their projects.

ZGF Designs Bike & Rides for Portland Light Rail

As more commuters elect multi-modal community options, TriMet, Portland’s transit agency, has broken ground on ZGF-designed Bike & Rides at two Portland, Ore. light rail stations. The secure bike parking storage facilities will allow commuters who combine bike trips with transit an alternative option to bringing a bike onboard crowded MAX trains.

Constructed of galvanized steel and enclosed with stainless steel mesh and glass, the two custom shelters will add 30 and 64 bike parking spaces, respectively, including spaces inside an enclosed area and open bike parking spaces monitored by security cameras.

Project completion is slated for summer 2018. Read more here.

Designing Healthcare Facilities for Climate Resilience

Healthcare industry leaders are increasingly turning to a model of resilience to ensure that their facilities can stay operational during natural-disaster events in a changing climate.

In the March/April issue of Medical Construction & Design magazine (page 20-23), we’ve co-authored an article with Affiliated Engineers outlining our approach to designing for resiliency. The projects discussed include the ZGF-designed Teck Acute Care Center (TACC) in British Columbia and Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Building Hope expansion.

At TACC, the design equation includes nature-inspired elements – like patient and staff-accessible gardens – to provide a sense of normalcy during a prolonged event.

Additionally, this month’s Health Facilities Management magazine cover story on resiliency includes background on Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash., also designed by ZGF.

AMLI Arc Named Building of the Year by Seattle DJC

The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce has named the ZGF-designed AMLI Arc Residential tower its 2017 Building of the Year. An initial call for nominations narrowed the field to 11 finalists in January, while a three-week voting period – open to the public – determined the winner. Another ZGF-designed project, the University of Washington’s Nanoengineering and Sciences building, was also among the finalists.

“Winning this award is a testament to the collaborative approach embraced by the entire project team,” said Camilla Watson, ZGF’s interior designer for the project. “At the outset, our aim was to provide a fresh, deconstructed take on the luxury residential tower model. Differentiators would include honest materiality, craftsmanship and exceptional detailing – without being too serious. Amenity spaces spread across four floors, from top to bottom, would serve as an extension of each home while promoting a sense of community and healthy lifestyles. With the building now open to residents, it’s been exciting to see this vision realized.”

Named for the shape of its top-floor amenity space, the 393-unit AMLI Arc was co-developed by Mortenson Development and AMLI Residential and built by Mortenson Construction. It was originally entitled as part of the Tilt49 mixed-used development – sharing the same block with an 11-story tower, also designed by ZGF.

At the sidewalk level, a colonnade around the project along Boren Avenue, Stewart and Howell streets offer expanded sidewalk widths and overhead weather protection to pedestrians. These streetscape elements create an identity for Boren Avenue at the nexus of the Denny Triangle, South Lake Union and Capitol Hill neighborhoods, and emphasize the corner at Stewart and Boren as a gateway to the city.

With the wellbeing of residents in mind, social interaction and a connection to the outdoors are prioritized throughout the building’s amenity spaces, which are spread across four floors. Informal lounge areas feature heavily-landscaped outdoor amenity spaces. Included is a Zen Den with a yoga studio, a large fitness center and a cyclist’s lounge that allows residents to tune up their bicycles and connect with other members of the cycling community.

Other features include a media room, co-working space, a music studio, a maker space, a community kitchen, private meeting rooms and lockers for tents and other outdoor gear. A below-grade parking structure accommodates 509 cars and is shared with Tilt49.

The interior design of the units is inspired by an ‘industrial warehouse’ theme as a tribute to the once-gritty character of the Denny Triangle neighborhood. The project mixes an assortment of textures with raw details and a rich palette drawn from the natural environment of the Pacific Northwest.

To appeal to a variety of lifestyles, AMLI Arc offers residences ranging in size from studios to three-bedroom units. Floors two through 12 include a unique deconstructed design expression. Moving upward, levels 14 through 27 feature the same appliances as the first stack, but with MEP systems concealed. Levels 28 through the level-40 penthouse units feature higher-end finishes and material, and higher ceilings.

The top-floor amenity space was designed as a “warehouse in the sky.” The entire floor is divided into a series of vignettes without walls or barriers to create an activated social space. Level 41 amenities include a terrace with fire pits, a community kitchen, a party room, game room, media room, work room and private meeting rooms.

AMLI Arc is LEED Gold certified.

ZGF projects used to teach sustainable design in new “Sustainaspeak” book

Florida A&M University School of Architecture assistant professor Elizabeth Lewis has written a new book on sustainable design — and we’re in it! Out this month, peruse “Sustainaspeak” to see four familiar ZGF projects and grow your sustainable design vocabulary. King Street Station is featured as a model for sustainable preservation, earning LEED Platinum certification and consuming 68 percent less energy than the original structure. Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Headquarters, Phase 1 is used to explain solar chimneys and Stanford University, Central Energy Facility helps demonstrate energy recovery. Finally the GSA Federal Center South Building is used to define high-performing buildings, and is described as belonging to a category of “whole building designs that balance both passive design features with the highly efficient equipment, glazing, and materials needed to maintain peak performance.”

GB&D Magazine Features ZGF’s Circadian Lighting Approach

In the March/April 2018 issue of Green Building & Design magazine, ZGF project architect Marty Brennan describes the role of circadian lighting as a healthy complement to natural daylight in buildings.

Marty traces his interest in circadian lighting to his graduate school studies at the University of Washington, and explains how ZGF incorporated circadian lighting at Swedish Medical Center-Ballard’s Medical Behavioral Health Unit to maximize patient wellness.