2009 NEWS

Ft. Wainwright Housing Project Honored With SAME Award (October 26, 2009)
Yong Sun Lee Hired by ORB Architects as BIM Lead (August 1, 2009)
Two ORB Architects Aquatic Projects Named "Dream Designs" (July 15, 2009)
Spokane Valley Pools Reopen Following ORB-Designed Renovations (June 21, 2009)
ORB's Army Housing Project Makes Northwest Construction "Top Start" List (June 19, 2009)
ORB Architects is Moving into New Offices (May 27, 2009)
Pasco Memorial Pool to be Renovated (Feb. 5, 2009)


Housing for Army Families Wins Design Excellence Silver Award

Siku Basin Army Family Housing
RENTON, Washington—October 26, 2009—The Society
of American Military Engineers awarded ORB Architects'
Siku Basin Army Family Replacement Housing Project
at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, with a Design Excellence
Silver Award in the Small Business Design-Build category.

The winning projects were selected based on their
contribution to the Federal Agency's mission, degree of complexity, sustainability elements, innovation, and cooperation between the Agency and firm.

ORB Architects worked with Osborne Construction Company on this design-build project,
which was designed and built to SPiRiT Gold standards under the U.S. Corps of Engineers' rating system.

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Designer Will Serve as Building Information Modeling Lead

Yong Sun Lee
RENTON, Washington—August 1, 2009—ORB Architects has hired Yong Sun Lee as Designer and Building Information Modeling (BIM) Lead. A graduate of University of Washington's Master of Architecture Program, Yong has 8 years of architectural design experience.

Yong's hiring represents a step forward in ORB Architects' use of BIM as a design tool. "Until recently, BIM has served a limited purpose for us, mostly as a massing tool and rendering application. But we recognize its potential to be much more, as technology moves closer to allowing for Integrated Project Delivery," says Geoff Anderson, Principal of ORB Architects. "Yong's expertise and our BIM progression allow us to communicate our designs in a way that is easier to visualize and can facilitate constructive collaboration with our consultants, clients, and the community members we serve."

In addition to her design responsibilities, Yong will provide staff technical training and support, and will be responsible for the development of the firm's BIM standards and updating the Working-Drawings Manual.

Yong is carrying out her first BIM project for ORB Architects - new housing for military families at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska.

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Aquatics International Honors Othello Community Pool and Tacoma Sprayparks

RENTON, Washington—July 15, 2009—In the annual "Dream Designs" issue, Aquatics International featured two new aquatic projects designed by ORB Architects. One project is a new competition pool, lazy river, and zero-depth entry leisure pool to replace an outdated pool in Othello, Washington. The other project consists of three sprayparks at Jefferson Park, McKinley Playfield, and South Park for Metro Parks Tacoma.

Othello Community Pool
Tacoma Sprayparks

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Valley Mission, Park Road, and Terrace View Pools Tout New Features

Park Road Pool Ribbon Cutting
RENTON, Washington—June 21, 2009—Spokane Valley Parks & Recreation opened Valley Mission Pool, Park Road Pool, and Terrace View Pool for the 2009 swim season following renovations at each location. The upgrades involved the bathhouses and dressing rooms, lap/competition pools, pool deck, and lawn areas.

Additionally, each pool received a new aquatic feature aimed at
Terrace View Pool Lazy River
increasing the popularity of the pools. A zero-depth entry leisure pool with spray toy features was added to Valley Mission to give visitors a more interactive water experience. The Terrace View Pool has a lazy river, where swimmers can float along propelled by a gentle current. A bright-yellow three-story water slide is the new feature at Park Road Pool.

The City held a naming contest for the new Park Road slide.
Park Road Pool First Slide
Seven-year-old Nicole Livingston proposed the winning name—The Park Pool Plunge—and consequently won the privilege of taking the first plunge (left).

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Spokane Valley Aquatics
Valley Mission Tumble Buckets Video

Valley Mission Pool Tumble Buckets
Spokesman-Review: "Refurbished Pools Make Big Splash"
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Denali Village at Fort Wainright Will House Army Families

RENTON, Washington—June 19, 2009—Northwest Construction compiles an annual list of top construction starts. ORB Architects' Army Family Housing project in Alaska was included in the 2008 list for public projects.

According to the publication, the focus of the list is projects that broke ground in 2008, but it also includes a few significant ongoing projects.

The replacement housing for Army families is being built in the Denali Village area of Fort Wainwright. The 200 units are comprised of two-story quad-plexes with 3 and 5 bedrooms. They will serve as Junior and Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Housing.

As part of a design-build collaboration with Osborne Construction of Kirkland, Wash., ORB Architects is involved in all aspects of the project, including providing full architectural design services and conducting site visits, site planning services, and construction administration.

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Business Closed for Move on Friday, May 29th

ORB Architects New Office Building
RENTON, Washington—May 27, 2009—ORB Architects is moving into a new office building on Friday, May 29th, and consequently will be closed that day to facilitate the move.
The new address is 350 South 38th Court, Suite 210,
Renton, WA 98055. The phone number will remain the same—425.226.3522.

As designer of both the office building and the tenant space that will serve as their offices, ORB Architects feels this space is a perfect fit. "Our new location will offer expanded room to better accommodate growth and enhance collaboration opportunities. Plus, it reflects who we are as a firm: it's an energy-efficient, environmentally conscious building designed to qualify for LEED® certification," says Geoff E. Anderson, AIA, Principal of
ORB Architects.

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ORB Architects Will Design the Updates

RENTON, Washington—February 5, 2009—Memorial Pool in Pasco, Washington, which was built in 1948, is ready for a makeover, and ORB Architects will be designing the renovation. The upgrades conceived by the Renton firm will modernize the pool facility to capitalize on trends in aquatic facility design.

Memorial Pool in Pasco
The City's goal is to invest in the facility in a manner that increases the number of swimmers at the facility, while reducing its subsidy for pool operations.

Upon evaluating the pool and its current amenities, ORB Architects concluded that inserting a new modern Myrtha pool system into the existing 50-meter pool shell, building a new bathhouse, and replacing a small wading pool with a new pool that incorporates contemporary features will ensure the viability of the existing facility and help the City achieve its goal.

The plan is to complete improvements by opening day of the 2010 swim season.

About ORB Architects
Established in 1964, ORB Architects is a full-service architectural Small Business/Minority Business Enterprise firm. With a focus on community recreation and aquatic facilities, affordable housing, and military projects, ORB is committed to making a positive impact on our communities through design innovation and management expertise. For nearly 50 years ORB has provided architectural services to communities in the greater Northwest, working with municipal, state and federal agencies on a variety of people-oriented buildings that benefit communities and respect the environment.

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