Highline Heritage Museum Nominated For Sustainable Design, & You Can Vote!

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Burien’s Highline Heritage Museum building, which is planned to be built at 819 SW 152nd Street, has been nominated for an AIA “What Makes It Green” award for sustainable design.

According to one of the building’s designers, Tim Rohleder of Rohleder Borges Architecture:

“We have submitted the Highline Heritage Museum project as representative of our efforts in the world of sustainable design. The jury has already selected the “Top Eleven” projects from a pool of entries from all over the region including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, Hawaii, Japan and Guam. The “Top Ten” (or in this case eleven) are supposed to be announced the week of May 5th in coordination with juried interviews at Seattle City Hall.

Per the AIA: “2010 WMIG? program recognizes projects that demonstrate the highest accomplishment in environmentally sustainable architecture, combining inspired design, systems analysis, and performance evaluation.”

Readers can vote on the entries here – so click on over there and vote for your soon-to-be-built, innovative and sustainably-designed new museum!

Here’s more info on the museum from the Highline Historical Society’s website:

The Highline Heritage Museum (HHM) has been designed to represent the Community of Highline, the stories of their past, the legacy of their people and their responsibility to the environment. From the start of the programming process, the Board of Trustees has been engaged and committed to creating a symbol representative of their community. It is a broad stroke representing the people from five different communities. The project is proposed as a redevelopment of an existing decaying building on an urban site in the heart of the City of Burien with a promising future for pedestrian vitality. The property lies along a primary pedestrian path with bus routes as connections to all its major constituents. The site is within a few blocks of the new regional county library and the Burien City Hall. The neighborhood also includes restaurants, retail shops, a post office, a regional transit center and a recently completed multi-family, moderate density residential development. The Board of Trustees warmly embraced the opportunity to create a “green” museum. While LEED was initially not accepted as a reasonable tool to gage the success, it was later recognized as an important element. One of the goals is LEED Silver with design strategies that include multiple mechanical zones utilizing ground source heat pumps, managed day lighting, specialty glazing integrating art and energy performance, a super insulated building envelope, transparency to the neighborhood using full height glazing, articulated building forms, and strategic use of site and roof areas integrating exhibits, landscape and pedestrian gathering areas. While there is much excitement at the uniqueness of the “geothermal” systems and the associated 300 foot deep pits, the design is a total package that investigates green opportunities for a building type where there are currently few recognized built examples.

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15 Responses to “Highline Heritage Museum Nominated For Sustainable Design, & You Can Vote!”
  1. Beatrice says:

    It’s nice it’s a green design but the design itself does not fit in with the Old Burien theme of that block. (Not that the current building does either.) Too bad it isn’t being built somewhere else in Burien.

  2. Gorfsnopple says:

    This green crap is just another waste of money.

    What these people won’t tell you is the cost of building and maintaining these facilities is ridiculous. Good luck in an earthquake too.

    • We enjoy hearing different perspectives on our building. Aside from “old” we have never noticed a ‘theme’ to Old Burien. We held several meetings with the public and our almost-500 members, as well as the merchants of Old Burien. All who attended enthusiastically approved the design. The brick matches the adjacent building, the horizontal wood siding mirrors many other Old B businesses. The faces in the windows are those of Highline pioneers. However, a 15,000 sq ft building WILL look really big on that site. We did NOT go 4 stories high, as code permits, only 2. This green design will be very cost efficient. Experiences of other like buildings show that it will pay for itself in 5 years or less, and after that our costs will be much less than traditional heating and A/C. it makes it possible for the building to have 9 climate zones – for archives that must remain stable, for Smithsonian exhibits that require certain environments, for meeting rooms to be cooler, for galleries to be warmer. State of the art is the only way to build “new”. There won’t be one 300′ pit 🙂 Twenty – 12 inch holes will be drilled down to 300 feet. A liquid filled pipe will be run down each pit and come back at a stable temperature year round to heat and air condition from, rather than from varying outside air temps. Very efficient. Very cost-effective. This building might be the only one in Old B that could survive an earthquake, having been designed to meet the latest in earthquake-proof standards. You’re right. None of this is cheap, but museums, by definition, are concerned with “forever” and need to be done right.

      • citizen says:

        How many parking spaces will the new museum have?

      • Rich says:

        I’m with citizen. Where’s the parking. Is the footprint the same as the existing building? Are they planning on using the existing inadequate parking lot?

      • Really? says:

        Please, could we pay the designers just a little more to include color in the exterior shell? All muted exterior materials and 9 months of clouds make for very boring exterior elevations. Really, not that we need to go to “Experience Music Project” lengths, but look how more sucessfull the new city hall would be if it had some sort of original color or intriguing design elements. Both buildings look like they are stuck in 1965. BORING! We should expect more out of our city’s major building monuments.

  3. citizen says:

    I can just imagine the 300 hundred foot pit …..can we fit city hall under this Master piece? The location should be moved to The New Burien.

  4. Beatrice says:

    Yes, exactly that is the theme – OLD! Buildings are small, retro and fit to scale in that block. I’m sure the merchants in the area are anticipating more business with attendance so of course they are interested in having the museum built there. It IS wonderful we are going at some point to have such a museum – it’s just the design seems contrary to the what is trying to be done in that area. And as for faces on the facade – I’d rather see old structures such a the tower or the trolley displayed. Faces are everywhere. Most younger people don’t even know those things existed in the area at one time.

  5. Pauline says:

    FAR too modern a design for Old Burien and too out-of-scale for the block. Too bad. So much for the homey, small-town atmosphere… Looks more like a monument to the architect’s abilities than something that will complement the surrounding structures.

  6. Carol Vernon says:

    Please tell me why Burien needs an intrusive expensive building to house a bunch of old photos, ‘documents’ and oral histories. All these things are much better preserved and presented on line. This building and ‘museum’ are so pretentious as to be ridiculous.

  7. Seriously says:

    I’m with Beatrice and Pauline. Old Burien is called “Olde Burien” for a reason (complete with its own website), because it represents a charm that this modern monstrosity does not have. I like modern architecture and I am all for a “Green Building” however I really wish that the Museum Society would have designed their building with a little more charm and characteristic similar to what the folks down the way at The Mark Restaurant did, you can incorporate green elements into that style of architecture as well. Once this goes up I nominate we rename that part of Burien from “Olde Burien” to “Hodge Podge Burien”.

  8. It'sugly says:

    It looks like something that should be in Federal Way. Does not fit in at all. I LOVE this area and the history that sourounds it. Housing it in that monstrosity is a huge waste of money! Why would they not design it with the “look” of our little piece of paradise. Bleech…… Did Boris help with this?

  9. Rich says:

    This design definitely does not fit with the older buildings in Olde Burien. I’m mad at myself for not attending the public meetings announced on the Notice of Proposed Land Use sign that stood for quite some time at the site.

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