Bellingham, Wash.

As Bellingham prepares to redevelop 220 acres of waterfront property, a debate rages over whether to grow denser (and taller) or to spread the city outward.

ANVIL CORP. BUILDING Architect: Zervas Group Architects, Bellingham Developer: Anvil Corp., Bellingham Planned Completion: 2008 Cost: $13 million Because the engineering firm's new headquarters by the airport will be home to more than 200 new high-paying jobs, the city allowed sewer and water extensions for the 50,000- square-foot project, despite a long-running moratorium.

CORNERSTONE Architect: RMC Architects, Bellingham Developer: The Barkley Co., Bellingham Planned Completion: 2008 Cost: $16 million This 149,000-square-foot commercial-residential building will have a roof garden and mark the transition between a retail/mixed-use district and Barkley Village, a masterplanned, new urbanist residential area.

BELLINGHAM ART AND CHILDREN'S MUSEUM Architect: Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects, Seattle Developer: City of Bellingham Planned Completion: 2008 Cost: $11 million Containing two new museums and situated in the heart of downtown Bellingham, the 41,720-square-foot building is expected to receive a LEED Silver rating.

DEPOT MARKET SQUARE Architect: Stewart King Architects, Bellingham Developer: City of Bellingham (plus private funding) Completed: 2006 Cost: $2.5 million This 5,200-square-foot downtown market uses reclaimed steel from a historic Skagit River bridge in nearby Mount Vernon, Wash. The open-air market won a 2006 Citation Award from the AIA's Northwest Washington chapter.

WHATCOM EDUCATIONAL CREDIT UNION LOAN CENTER Architect: Zervas Group Architects, Bellingham Developer: Whatcom Educational Credit Union, Bellingham Completed: 2007 Cost: $3.2 million LEED Gold certification for the 9,000-square-foot building is pending and would make the center Whatcom County's first building to achieve the standard.

WADE KING STUDENT RECREATION CENTER Architects: Opsis Architecture, Portland, Ore. (design architect); BJSS Duarte Bryant, Seattle (architect of record) Developer: Western Washington University, Bellingham Completed: 2003 Cost: $18.3 million The 98,000-square-foot building is the first university rec center with a pool to receive LEED certification. In 2004, it earned a national merit award from Athletic Business magazine and won the Outstanding Sports Facilities Award from the National Intramural Recreation Sports Association.

Join the Discussion

Please read our Content Guidelines before posting

Close X