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Washington Fruit Headquarters and Chophouse Row Win AIA Awards

The Washington Fruit and Produce Company Corporate Headquarters in Yakima, WA, recently received two AIA Awards. The AIA Northwest and Pacific Region presented the project with an Honor Award while AIA Seattle bestowed an Award of Merit. Designed by Graham Baba Architects and inspired by an abandoned wood barn, the new open framing system incorporates long-span timber and steel king post trusses.

AIA Seattle also awarded Honorable Mention to Chophouse Row on Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA, a blending of existing buildings and new structures to create a vibrant live/work space. Designed by Sundberg Kennedy Ly Au Young Architects, in collaboration with Graham Baba Architects, the new steel and concrete structure of the addition threads through and braces the existing non-ductile concrete frame in the original building. In addition to the recognition by the AIA, Chophouse Row was named as a finalist in ULI’s Global Awards for Excellence.

While he was owner of his own firm, Degenkolb Principal, Michael Wright designed the structural system for both projects. Michael joined Degenkolb in the fall of 2015, bringing 34 years of structural, seismic, and project management experience with adaptive reuse projects. For questions about his award-winning work or to discuss adaptive reuse, please contact Michael at 206-340-8109 or

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Posted by tinabarni on December 9, 2016 3:56 PM
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