Hilltop Lofts

Tacoma Housing Authority
Tacoma, Washington

BLRB Architects was contracted by Tacoma Housing Authority for a feasibility study to provide early conceptual design ideas and a preliminary cost estimate for a mixed-use (retail and residential) building in the Hilltop neighborhood of Downtown Tacoma. BLRB was tasked with designing a six-story building that was a mix of retail and live/work units at ground level and residential on five floors above. The residential portion will consist of a mix of 1- and 2-bedroom units with shared indoor and outdoor amenities. Sustainable design is a focus, with the requirement of meeting Evergreen Sustainable Design Standards. The design acknowledges and responds to proportion, scale and the historic character of surrounding neighborhood. Following the feasibility study and concept design, BLRB was selected to continue with design.

Loyal Heights Elementary School

Seattle Public Schools
Seattle, Washington

BLRB is currently collaborating with Seattle Public Schools on the rehabilitation and addition to the historic Loyal Heights Elementary School in the Ballard neighborhood. BLRB’s design seeks to preserve and honor the character of the historic building while transforming the school into a contemporary learning environment. Located on a small, 2.8-acre site, the Loyal Heights project presents the unique challenge of effectively doubling the school’s square footage while maintaining site space for fields, a covered play area, delivery access and student gardens.

Monto Vido - Tetherow

BLRB's Bend office and Neil Kelly are collaborating on the design of this new luxury residence in the highly popular and expanding adventure resort in the Bend, Oregon, area. The home is perfectly sited to capitalize on the magnificent Cascade views down the 15th fairway of the championship links-style course.

Neil Kelly and BLRB Architects align their passion for sustainable design to advance this high performance LEED® Platinum (goal) residence. Energy-efficient amenities include SIP roof panels,advanced framing, energy-efficient appliances, snow melt/rain water collection for irrigation, xeriscape landscaping, and solar PV and solar hot water panels. The envelope will be insulated to the highest of standards, and will be cladded with reclaimed barn wood and locally sourced juniper siding.

Design features of this 3,800 square-foot home include four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a bonus viewing loft-style room, spacious viewing patios and a roof deck.

Barnes Butte Elementary School

Crook County School District
Prineville, Oregon

BLRB was engaged by the Crook County School District in August 2013 when voters approved a $33.5 million capital school construction bond that will support multiple facility improvements – and a brand new K-5 elementary school in Prineville, Oregon.   When complete in September 2015, the 78,750-square-foot elementary school will support 700 students in a flexible, personalized and responsive school tailored to the unique elements of their educational program.  Our work has encompassed master site planning, educational specifications development, planning and design for this exciting new facility.  We are also serving the district for planning, design and completion of their capital bond projects at several other district facilities.

Genesee Hill Elementary School Replacement

Seattle Public Schools
Seattle, Washington

Following a collaborative design process which included a school and community-based design advisory team, the replacement of Genesee Hill Elementary School is under construction.  Addressing the challenges of a significant elevation difference across the six-acre site, the new, 90,000 SF, two-story school will allow for better supervision and usage of playfields and outdoor space, provide a contemporary learning environment for 600 students and offer shared use amenities that invites the participation of West Seattle neighbors in the life of the school.  Completion scheduled for Fall 2015.