Laurel Street in Downtown Bellingham, WA had some new zoning details but was an ideal place for new Live/Work Studios. A design charrette with the development team, potential tenants and government officials was successful in creating a concept for the new zoning use type with unique development standards and flexible use patterns. Blossom Development Corporation, in Bellingham, WA had this to say about our services ... more
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Reclaiming former industrial land is always challenging. Often extensive clean-up is needed before new construction can commence. Desilva Group had plans for a 110 unit project on an former brownfield, oil tank farm across from a marina in Point Richmond, CA. In a 2 day charrette, working with the development team, investors, marketing experts and technical consultants, we created a concept overnight that addressed all ... more
The Kulshan Community Land Trust in Whatcom County, WA holds land in trust for permanently affordable homeownership and other community needs. They hosted a community charrette for a Planned Development Agreement for 28 affordable housing units in the Madrona and LaFayette neighborhood. Neighbors, activists, stakeholders and government officials were participants in the process to find an innovative way to provide working families with affordable housing. ... more
This charrette with business owners, investors and consultants happened in one day, to help determine alternate applications for P2 Solar Solutions Solar Panel supports and arrays. It was determined that providing unique carport designs will allow access to prime solar real estate while giving a client other economic benefits. First client was a car dealership in California.
We worked with local Architects as part of the Bellingham Planning Group for the Bellingham Public Library. A library staff charrette helped create a functional building program and site utilization analysis, as well as a cost estimate for capital planning for the city bond measure.
“A Charrette … is a powerful function-oriented, systematic team approach to problem solving that can reduce costs while maintaining or improving performance and quality requirements …” ... more
“Collaborative planning workshops are organized to encourage the participation of all. That includes everyone who is interested in the making of a development: the developer, business interests, government officials, interested residents, and activists.” ... more
“Building owners, architects, and engineers can use the collaborative planning workshop process to save time and money by identifying and solving design problems before design and construction begin. A charrette is an intensive workshop in which various stakeholders and experts are brought together to address a particular design project.” ... more
Fairhaven Highlands - casestudy
Working with the opposition to find a solution. ... more