Seattle team wins two Grand Awards and Merit Award for environmentally sensitive, mixed-use projects in Seattle
SEATTLE (Sept. 14, 2015)—Runberg Architecture Group, a regional leader of sustainable urban mixed-use, housing and adaptive, reuse projects, was recognized recently at the 52nd Annual Gold Nugget Awards, which honors excellence in architectural design and planning excellence. The Gold Nugget Awards, which draws entries from throughout the U.S. and internationally, has honored Runberg Architecture Group with more than 25 Grand and Merit Awards over the company’s 17-year history.
At the ceremony, Runberg received Grand Awards for Nine and Pine as the Best Multifamily Housing Community (30-60 du/acre) and Stack House Apartments as the Best Sustainable Residential Community. The firm’s Supply Laundry Building also earned a Merit Award in the Best Sustainable Commercial Project category.
“Our team designed buildings that were seamlessly integrated into their surrounding communities,” said Brian Runberg, AIA, principal at Seattle-based Runberg Architecture Group.
He continued, “This is done through collaboration, which ensures a concentration of experience, skill and innovation on behalf of our clients.”
The Stack House Apartments, owned and developed by Vulcan Real Estate, is located in Seattle’s dynamic, widely recognized South Lake Union neighborhood. Stack House is a LEED Platinum-certified project and includes 278 apartment homes, 14,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and a range of common areas and open space. The project combines two new mixed-use residential buildings with the restoration and adaptive reuse of the Supply Laundry Building, a historic landmark.
Built between 1906 and 1925, the Supply Laundry Building is a designated Seattle Landmark. This project was tasked with two goals: 60 percent lower energy usage than the national baseline for office space and restoring the building to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
Located at the corner of 9th Avenue and Pine Street, owned and developed by Teutsch Partners, Nine and Pine has tri-level semi-automated car parking stackers and 74 units of housing over retail space. The 13,335-square-foot project fills a gap in the downtown neighborhood’s key retail corridor that previously sat vacant due to its challenging location.
In its Grand Award designation, the project had to overcome major site restraints, the judges noted that they “appreciated the skilled design work incorporated into the building’s architecture: the use of first floor trusses that bridged over the tunnel, a stacking car system housed within the building’s footprint and a commitment to creating a modern façade.”
About Gold Nugget Awards
The Gold Nugget Awards honor design and planning achievements in community and home design, green-built housing, site planning, commercial, retail, mixed-use development and specialty housing categories. Winners were chosen from 600 entries from around the world, and were announced as a feature highlight of Pacific Coast Builder Conference (PCBC)®, the nation’s largest regional conference and trade show for the real estate development field, during an awards reception at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.
About Runberg Architecture Group
Recently named one of Washington State’s 50 greenest companies by Seattle Business magazine, Runberg Architecture Group’s mission is to design urban housing that achieves a balance between the social, economic and environmental interests of its clients and the communities. The firm represents some of the nation’s largest real estate clients in markets throughout the west coast including Vulcan Real Estate, Equity Residential, Holland Partners, Mack Urban. For more than 17 years, Runberg Architecture Group has designed award-winning projects throughout the West Coast, totaling more than 10,000 housing units and representing over $1 billion in construction. The firm’s passion for appropriate housing for all and historic preservation are evident in the studio’s body of work.