SMR Architects was happy to celebrate the work of HDC during the annual “Celebration” luncheon held on March 7, 2017, and SMR’s Megan Espinoza was one of three featured speakers for the event. Speaking to a crowd of more than 900 community partners, she told her story of how she decided to become an architect, how her experience building homes in Africa helped to shape her belief in accessible housing for all, and her desire to support a community-focused vision where everyone feels valued and cared for. Thanks to the generous support of attendees and sponsors, HDC raised over $240,000 during the event to support its mission of providing safe, healthy, affordable homes for all. SMR is proud to support the important work of HDC!
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SMR Architects was excited to attend the grand opening of Ronald Commons on February 17, 2017. Located in Shoreline, Ronald Commons is the result of a unique collaboration between Ronald United Methodist Church, Compass Housing Alliance, and Hopelink Emergency Services Center. The project features 60 new units of affordable housing, with 12 units designated for veterans. The building also includes space for a food bank and service center for Hopelink’s Shoreline operation. Click Here to Read More
SMR Architects once again participated in the Point In Time Count for King County. The count, which took place in the early hours of Friday, January 27, is an annual effort to count people currently living unsheltered in our community. Click Here to Read More
Plaza Roberto Maestas
Several hundred people were present on October 1 to help El Centro de la Raza celebrate the grand opening of its Plaza Roberto Maestas development, located immediately across the street from the Beacon Hill light rail station. SMR Architects, the architect-of-record, is proud to have been part of the amazing team that worked hard to make this affordable, mixed-use, community-oriented, and transit-oriented development a reality.
Plaza Roberto Maestas
Plaza Roberto Maestas was featured in Crosscut magazine, highlighting the incredible demand for family housing that is not only affordable but also conveniently located with good access to schools, jobs, and amenities. Journalist David Kroman stated, “El Centro de la Raza received more than 450 applications for affordable housing in the Plaza Maestas, which won’t even open until July. There are only 112 units available.”
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As the first Vietnamese-English dual language childcare center in the Northwest, Hoa Mai is the result of a deep and purposeful collaboration between Sound Child Care Solutions, the Vietnamese Friendship Association, and Artspace. This tenant improvement transformed over 3,500 sq. ft. of vacant commercial space into a facility that fulfills a community need by providing universal pre-kindergarten education to children under five years old. Click Here to Read More
12th Avenue Arts
12th Avenue Arts was honored as one of only ten international projects to receive the Urban Land Institute’s prestigious Global Awards for Excellence. The awards competition, now in its 37th year, recognizes real estate projects that achieve a high standard of excellence in design, construction, economics, planning, and management. The program is the centerpiece of ULI’s efforts to identify and promote best practices in all types of real estate development. Pictured from the left to right are Michael Covarrubias, ULI Fall Meeting Steering Committee Co-Chair, Dean Kralios, Principal with SMR Architects, and Chris Person, CEO of Capitol Hill Housing, the project developer.
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