UW Summer Youth Program – Architecture Studies

19 Jul 2017

Meganne DesRosier at ORA and Matt Fujimoto at Hybrid are teaming it up as co-teachers of the Architectural Studies class at the University of Washington’s Summer Youth Program. A curriculum geared toward high school students, the course provides opportunities for youth to investigate the fundamentals of design with historical, cultural, social, technical, and environmental considerations. Through a carefully coordinated series of design prompts involving sketching, architectural drawing, and model-making, students explore multi-faceted design issues and are challenged to practice visual and spatial analysis as well as verbal presentation skills. ORA values involvement and leadership within the Seattle community.

Seattle Children’s Theatre Energy Efficiency Upgrades

10 Jul 2017


ORA Architects has been selected to lead the design and implementation of energy efficiency upgrades to the Seattle Children’s Theatre at Seattle Center. Founded in 1975, Seattle Children’s Theatre is one of the world’s leading theatres for youth, providing children of all ages access to professional theatre, with a focus on new works and theatre education. ORA is the architect and prime consultant. The project team includes District Energy Management, owner representative; Notkin Wood Harbinger Alliance, mechanical engineers; Stantec, lighting, electrical and acoustical; and C&N Consultants, cost estimators.

The project includes mechanical and lighting upgrades, window replacements, and related enhancements which will significantly improve energy performance and comfort throughout the facility. Schematic design will commence in late July and complete in September 2017, with implementation starting in late 2017.

The team will build on recommendations from an Energy Audit completed by Ecotope in spring 2017 and will work closely with Seattle Center and Seattle’s Office of Sustainability & Environment to identify upgrades aligned with the City of Seattle’s Energy Tune-ups program.  The Tune-up program focuses on optimizing energy and water performance by identifying no- or low-cost actions with short payback and significant energy savings. The program is a key piece of Seattle’s Climate Action Plan, Seattle’s roadmap to achieving carbon-neutrality by 2050.

The 72,000 sf Seattle Children’s Theatre complex is comprised of three interconnected buildings: the Eve Alvord Theatre and Administrative wing built in 1956, the Charlotte Martin Theatre built in 1992, and the Technical Pavilion built in 1999. The project continues ORA’s extensive work with arts organizations at Seattle Center campus. In 2012, Chihuly Garden & Glass was the first building on the campus to receive LEED Silver certification. Other ORA Seattle Center projects include SIFF Film Center completed in 2011 and Seattle Repertory Theatre Poncho Forum Upgrades, planned for completion in 2018.

Image Credit:  Seattle Children’s Theatre

Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development Open House

05 Jul 2017


We are excited to announce and celebrate the completion of the Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) Tenant Improvement. The project involved 8,446sf of office interior renovation on floor five of the Seattle City Hall. ORA coordinated rigorously with the client team, project managers, security representatives, consultants, and contractors to quickly and feasibly design and complete construction. ORA worked closely with client staff, attentive in meeting user needs while raising the bar for innovative Seattle city office design.

Along with upgrading finishes and circulation, the largest factor in the improvement was demolishing sixteen private office spaces along the north and west exterior edges of the site, allowing natural light to permeate the much-needed open space. During the Open House, City Hall officials praised the teams involved in the project delivery, commenting that the OPCD Project is one of the city’s best new work spaces and a great reflection of the importance of breaking down silos to improve collaboration and creativity.

Image Credits: Cody Cobb, Stephanie Hsie

Feral Cat Spay / Neuter Project Opening

26 Jun 2017


The Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project is a low cost, high quality, and high volume spay/neuter clinic in Lynnwood, WA. The Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project is a National Mentoring Organization, available and open to other organizations for business model replication. They have provided Mentoring Clinics for neighboring Washington communities and helped the Wenatchee Humane Society open their own clinic.

The clinic expansion and renovation designed by ORA added 1000sf of lobby, office, and storage space to the non-profit organization’s program. Additional design services for the project included improving flow within the enlarged lobby space and design for eye catching window graphics that enhanced the strip mall storefront while making the clinic more visible from the street. Construction began at the end of December and completed by the end of February. The clinic held their Open House on June 11th, once additional finishing touches were complete.

New to the Art Walk!

04 May 2017


Creative co-working space open house featuring a mixed media installation by James Thompson, Untitled (Contour). This composition of form and fluidity is a continuous network of intersecting lines, distributed throughout ORA’s space. Located on the 3rd floor of the Elysian Brewery building. [Capitol Hill Art Walk]

Coworking Open House

01 May 2017


Please join us and our office mates to celebrate! May 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. Entry on 13th Ave. Party on third floor.

Volunteer Park Trust Open House

20 Mar 2017


The Volunteer Park Trust is hosting an open house 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in the Volunteer Park Conservatory. Planned to replace the 1971 brick and concrete structure at the park and excite more performance companies to use the venue, the new amphitheater is the first major project undertaking by the Volunteer Park Trust. [Capitol Hill Times]

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