It’s been a busy first quarter at RMC. New projects include a facility for the Port of Bellingham in Blaine Harbor. Blaine Webhouse #1, a storage building, will be demolished and relocated closer to other storage buildings, making room for new businesses. The $2.6 million project is the port’s biggest Blaine project for 2018.
If you’ve driven down State Street recently and wondered what the construction project across from the Herald Building is all about, wonder no more: 22 North will offer 40 studio apartments to adults experiencing homelessness, thanks to of a collaboration between Northwest Youth Services (NWYS) and Opportunity Council.
As our community continues to grapple with the challenge of affordable housing for all, there are more than 100 young people on Northwest Youth Service’s housing waiting list. RMC is also providing design services for First Congregational Church’s Ground Floor project, which will be used by Northwest Youth Services as a day center for homeless youth.
Recently completed work includes Whatcom Community College’s converted Kulshan lab and the renovation of downtown’s historic Mt. Baker Apartments. Construction on a two-story, 6,100-square-foot addition to Barkley Medical Office Building begins later this month, while demolition has begun to replace Catholic Community Services’ Hope House.
Back at the office, congratulations to Robert Wright, who recently became a registered architect in Washington state and Jason Willard, AIA, for bringing home AIA Seattle’s annual Volunteer Award in January. As a member of the AIA Northwest Washington (NWWA) Section Steering Committee, Jason has been “an exemplary leader during the period of transition…His support and guidance has been critical to the success of the new NWWA Section.” (Seattle AIA). Jason spearheaded the 2017 AIA NWWA and AGC Golf Tournament, which raises money for scholarships for local students in the fields of architecture, engineering and construction. On behalf of our entire professional community, thank you Jason!