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.

Transforming Downtown Seattle’s Public Realm

Amid an employment boom and an influx of new residents, Seattleites are shifting their trip choices away from drive-alone commuting to public transit, walking, cycling and carpooling.

As a result, the impetus for vibrant, inviting and safe downtown pedestrian experiences has never been greater. In the Feb. 22 issue of the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, ZGF urban planners Heidi Bullinga and Brian McCarter share their vision for enlivening downtown’s Pike-Pine corridor alongside the City of Seattle, Waterfront Seattle and the Downtown Seattle Association.

Construction of these Pike Pine Renaissance: Act One public realm improvements could begin in 2020.

VIDEO: PSBJ Highlights ZGF’s Approach to Circadian Lighting

This week, the Puget Sound Business Journal features ZGF architect Marty Brennan as its Innovator of the Month. In the below video profile, Marty describes how circadian lighting can have positive health and performance impacts in a variety of indoor settings to supplement daylight.

As Marty describes in the video, patients and staff in the ZGF-design Swedish Medical Center Ballard Medical Behavioral Health Unit are benefitting from circadian lighting.

New Net Zero State Office Building in Sacramento Awarded to ZGF, Design-Build Partners

The California Department of General Services (DGS) has selected the design-build team of ZGF Architects, Rudolph and Sletten and Lionakis for the design and construction of the new 1215 O Street office building in downtown Sacramento. The finalization of the project’s design begins immediately, with site work expected to begin this summer.

Employee wellness is at the forefront of the project’s design, as is sustainability. The building will be net zero energy as designed, targeting LEED platinum® certification. When complete, it will use 60 percent less water than similarly-sized office buildings. PVs on the roof will provide solar power to maximize on-site renewable energy, supplemented by off-site solar energy sources through the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). This energy program is part of a first-of-its-kind agreement with SMUD in which DGS’ entire Sacramento portfolio will move to solar power.

The 11-story, 360,000-square-foot project will accommodate up to 1,150 state employees as part of DGS’ plans to modernize its facilities and infrastructure. Once built, it will include office space, meeting space, storage, parking and an employee gym. A pedestrian plaza and retail space will help integrate the project with the neighborhood and foster a sense of community.

The project is slated for completion in 2021.

Kashiwa-No-Ha Wins 2017/2018 ULI Global Awards for Excellence

We are excited to share that ZGF has been recognized as the recipient of a ULI 2017/2018 Global Awards for Excellence for our work on Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City. In partnership with Mitsui Fudosan, ZGF applied smart city placemaking and community stakeholder engagement techniques to pioneer a new urban planning approach for Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City in Japan. The project, recently named the largest LEED® Neighborhood Development Platinum-certified smart city in the world, pioneers an advanced and highly integrated urban planning approach to create a resilient, economically robust and humanized district at the city’s core. The master plan focuses on smart city placemaking and community stakeholder engagement, resulting in a collectively embraced vision.

Considered the development community’s most prestigious honor, ULI’s Global Awards for Excellence are bestowed on just 13 projects annually, with ZGF’s work recognized in what the judges noted as a particularly competitive year.

Smart Cities & Ecodistricts: Resiliency is the Key to Future-Proofing Our Communities and Increasing ROI

“It’s the architect’s responsibility to speak holistically,” said ZGF’s Otto Condon to Diana Budds of Fast Company’s Co.Design. “We can’t just speak about beauty and amenity; it has to be about equity, social justice, economics, and good return on investment.”

Stewardship of the natural and built environment is at the heart of our work at ZGF, and it informs our holistic approach to regenerative and resilient urban planning. Our work in regenerative urbanism ranges from large and complex district-scale initiatives, such as master planning new regenerative and Smart Cities around the world; to ecodistricts within existing major global cities; and occupant-level initiatives, such as high-performance, low-impact buildings.

ZGF was an early innovator and adopter of the ecodistrict concept that was, in part, founded on ZGF’s design of Portland’s Pearl District and the SW Ecodistrict in Washington D.C., the first Government Agency approved ecodistrict in the U.S.. Both projects employed serial stakeholder engagement, valued use of storm water, green infrastructure, and district energy best practices in the service of creating the next generation of Smart City design.

These and other advanced strategies developed through our planning and urban design work in the world’s largest LEED® ND Plan Platinum-certified Smart City, Kashiwa-no-ha, Japan are being translated to ZGF projects at a district scale in Wakaba District, Japan’s Makuhari New City, San Francisco’s Central SoMa Ecodistrict, and in new mixed-use neighborhoods in Tbilisi, Georgia and Kiev, Ukraine. At an occupant scale they are applied across ZGF projects including the Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center, the U.S. General Services Administration, Federal Center South Building 1202, and the Caltech Bechtel Residence, Caltech’s first new student dormitory in over 50 years, designed to be net zero water and net zero energy.

A city designed and managed to be both regenerative and resilient can be a win for everyone. It can be a catalyst to occupant health and happiness, an effective foil for climate change, and can lower operating and real estate costs. This holistic approach to our cities and ecodistricts represents a win at every level of the urban environment, and strengthens cities and citizens in preparation for future growth and crises alike.

Green Building Design Magazine Features Surrey’s Landmark 3 Civic Plaza

ZGF’s Patrick Cotter, Managing Partner, discussed the innovative design solutions “focused on sustainability and improving human comfort” for the new 3 Civic Plaza, and its pivotal impact on the role of placemaking in this feature story by Green Building Design Magazine’s Julia Stone. The 54-storey mixed-use tower sits adjacent to Surrey’s new Civic Plaza and boasts an advanced structural system designed for a truly unique program of hospitality, higher education, commercial and residential in a single building.