2007 NEWS

ORB Architects Holiday Hats-Off Campaign (Dec. 7, 2007)
Kirkland's Peter Kirk Pool Analysis (Oct. 1, 2007)
Fife Pool Project Featured as DJC Project of the Week (July 16, 2007)
ORB Completes Aquatics Project Trifecta (June 19, 2007)
Othello Pool Breaks Ground (Jan. 15, 2007)



RENTON—December 7, 2007—The staff at ORB Architects are taking their holiday hats off to support Habitat for Humanity of Seattle/South King County. Thirteen hats worn by ORB team members for their holiday card photo will be auctioned on eBay to raise money to help Habitat for Humanity’s local homebuilding efforts. ORB will match all funds raised from the auction, with 100% of the proceeds donated to the Seattle/King County chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

The auction begins December 10th and runs through December 20th. Bidders can access the auction site via www.orbarchitects.com/holidayhats. The 13 festive hats range from a fashionably chic shreddin’ snowboarder cap to a practical and warm, furry mad-bomber hat to a hand-knit, whimsical stocking cap. Bidding for each hat starts at $5.00.

"We thought the hats would make for a fun holiday photo, while enticing our colleagues and clients to get involved in our fundraising effort," said Geoff Anderson, Principal of ORB Architects. "Habitat for Humanity is a natural fit that really complements our focus on building strong and healthy communities, in part through the design of affordable housing."

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RENTON—October 1, 2007—The City of Kirkland Parks & Community Services has selected ORB Architects to provide comprehensive pool and facility investigation and analysis services at Peter Kirk Pool.

ORB will perform an analysis of life safety, code, maintenance and energy use of the existing systems and the overall facility at the pool. The evaluation report will also consider enhancements for Peter Kirk Pool that could potentially result in cost and energy savings, as well as environmental improvements.

Recommendations will be focused on structures, including the bathhouse, lifeguard building, main pool basin, wading pool, and pool deck, and on the piping and mechanical, electrical, and chemical feeding systems, ensuring all facilities and systems meet code and health requirements.

Expanding the function of the pool and incorporating a zero-beach pool, spray toys, or other features to serve the long-term desires of the community are options that will be examined.

The City of Kirkland Parks & Community Services Department operates its award-winning Aquatic Program at the Peter Kirk Pool, where community members can participate in lessons, water-safety classes, and general swimming, in addition to special-interest classes.

The Peter Kirk Pool assessment began in September, with the final report scheduled to be completed by the end of 2007.

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The Fife Swim Center reopened in June after an $840,000 renovation. The pool is at
5410 20th St. E. The renovation updated the entry and locker rooms of the 1985 building, covering 3,000 square feet.

"The primary goal was to make the facility more user-friendly," said Kurt Reuter, director of Fife Parks, Recreation and Community Services.

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RENTON June 19, 2007 — ORB Architects Inc.

ORB has recently completed three aquatic and recreation projects and is pleased to announce the openings of three new and renovated swim and recreation destinations this summer in Fife, Tacoma and Othello Washington.

Fife Swim Center

Opened Saturday, June 16, 2007
ORB worked with the City of Fife Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department to help upgrade the Fife Swim Center in time for the City's 2007 Golden Jubilee Celebration. ORB provided architectural and engineering services for renovations and updates at the facility. The project includes the reorganization and expansion of the existing locker rooms, new family changing rooms, new restrooms and remodeling and reconfiguring of the lobby and entrance areas to the Fife Swim Center.


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Tacoma Metro Parks Spray Grounds

Opened Friday, June 29, 2007
The Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma enlisted ORB to design three new spray ground conversions to replace the wading pools at Jefferson Park, McKinley Playfield and South Park. This project has established the new standard for Metro Parks Tacoma and all future spray grounds. Each is individually designed to integrate with existing playground features. ORB supported public meetings with kids and community groups to review spray park options. The project scope also includes the addition of recirculation, filtration, sanitation systems and supporting mechanical and electrical systems, asphalt paving and markings, gravel surfacing, chain link fencing, storm drainage, landscaping, irrigation and site lighting.


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Othello Community Pool

Opened Sunday, July 1, 2007
ORB provided the design-build criteria, as well as prepared designs and documentation for a new pool facility on the existing site. This included a complete demolition of the entire area to construct a 2,800 square foot zero-depth leisure pool, a 25 yard - 6 lane lap pool, a lazy river, a water slide, spray park features, a new bathhouse and dressing rooms. ORB has worked closely with Othello Park and Recreation District throughout the project to incorporate input from the community. The design-build team includes Apollo Construction and WMS Aquatics.

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OTHELLO January 15, 2007 — Othello City Council members dug their shovels in the dirt at the city pool groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning.

Although construction already began, the event was held to answer questions and display the project to the community.

"It's things like swimming pools that make a town a community," Mayor Shannon McKay said.

Apollo Inc. is working to get the pool completed by June 2007, Vice President Keith Larson said.

"We're happy as a clam to be a part of this thing," Larson said. "Come this summer, we'll be swimming in this thing together."

The city is building a 50 meter pool equipped with a wading pool entry point, similar to a beach setting, a 20-foot slide, several fountains to spray water, a padded floor and a bath house, he said.

The facility will also feature a "lazy river" ride shaped like a figure-eight. People can use inner-tubes to float along the ride.

Council was surprised by the large turnout during the cold weather. More than 30 people, including Othello High School swim team members, attended the event.

The Grand Opening of the Othello Community Pool is scheduled for July 1, 2007.

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