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September 2016
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Topic of the Month: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

Architectural Firm of the Month: Coates Design Architects

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Coates Design Architects, based in Seattle, Washington, is founded on Matthew Coates' vision of "responsible architecture." The core values of the firm are based on simple principles and strategies: do the right thing, take the long-term view, and create designs that benefit the environment, the economy, and the community.

"We believe that better design leads to better living.  We seek to create buildings that not only do no harm - but also have a positive impact on the environment and the people who use them. We're committed to regenerative design as much as is practical: buildings that produce their own power and food, bio landscapes that help the ecosystem, fight pollution, and so forth. But buildings aren't enough - we also need to consider the consequences of our choices in terms of planning, lifestyle, and culture. In this way, buildings are much more than just shelter. We seek to inspire, educate, push boundaries and lead by example."

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In June of 2013, Bainbridge Island in the Puget Sound in Washington State gained its first art museum. The striking modern building was designed by architect Matthew Coates of Coates Design Architects, based in Seattle. The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (known as BIMA) is both a collecting museum and cultural center that features art from the Pacific Northwest. It is located adjacent to the Seattle/Bainbridge Island ferry terminal and is a welcoming landmark to those who visit.
The new building, which came together thanks to a Bainbridge-based collaboration including The Island Gateway developers, Coates Design architects and PHC Construction, along with a largely locally funded $15.6 million capital campaign, is anticipating LEED Gold certification. When that status becomes official, it will be the first art museum in the state, and one of only a few nationwide, to achieve that level of Green status.
The entrance to the building, with its striking curve of tall windows that sweeps visitors toward the entrance, is warm and inviting. The translucent window between the interior and exterior spaces allows museum visitors a view of the community outside, while those who are outdoors have a glimpse into the museum to feel a connection with the art. According to Coates, the vision of the firm's design is, "to uplift the spirit, nourish the mind and contribute to the health of our bodies while respecting the environment in which it is placed." With that being said, the emphasis of the building was just as much on the photovoltaic array, the geothermal heating and cooling or the low-flow toilets as well as showcasing the thriving regional art community. A harmonious balance was achieved and the community now benefits as a result.
Coates Design Architects was awarded the 2016 Excellence in Concrete Construction Award for their work on the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. This awards program recognizes professional accomplishments in the outstanding use of Ready Mix Concrete. The Washington Aggregates & Concrete Association, the creator of the award, is dedicated to strengthening the industry and celebrating innovation. Coates Design Architects entered two projects into the 'Architectural Concrete' category: The Dorsey Residence and the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA). The Dorsey Residence was a finalist while the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art won the overall category award. Coates Design collaborated with ARW EngineersPHC Construction, Moncrieff Construction and Hard Rock Inc. to complete this beloved Bainbridge Island institution.
A physical embodiment of the art held within, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is a 20,000 square foot building that plays on the juxtaposition between concrete and glass. The main structural, concrete 'box' is broken on the south side to allow for a 28' tall curved glass façade. Concrete walls protect the artwork inside while this curved glass wall communicates a gestural invitation to enter the building. Architect Matthew Coates believes the window has "a significant presence on the corner and will serve as a metaphor for our community and the museum itself being open and transparent."

Upon arrival, visitors pass under a solid concrete lintel to find a softly day-lit stairway leading to the main gallery upstairs. Concrete and glass are combined to create maximum contrast between heavy and light structures, adding interest to the visitors' experience. The formed concrete is intentionally left exposed to provide robust visual texture next to the smooth white walls of the interiors, allowing light to wash the walls, highlighting this unique quality of the cast concrete.

Concrete is dual-purpose as it serves as a sustainable feature as well: Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) is used as thermal mass within the building walls, foundation and floor which supports the energy efficiency of the geothermal heating. ICF within the east wall, adjacent to the state highway, provides acoustical protection. Additionally, ICF was selected to maintain the pace of construction and budget restrictions.

In June of 2013, construction of the Museum was completed. Since its opening, BIMA has built an audience of passionate members and approximately 55,000 annual visitors from around the globe.
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Helpful Links for Architects

AIA Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) 

The Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN), a Knowledge Community of The American Institute of Architects, is committed to the promotion of all residential architecture based on architectural content irrespective of style. For more information visit:  

AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community

The AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community provides leadership and expertise to practitioners of interior architecture and design, working cooperatively with its members and other interiors organizations to address relevant, timely practice issues, markets, and trends, such as licensing, liability, environmental, and technological considerations. Through the Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, important links are maintained with allied professionals, service providers, and manufacturers. If you wish to become a member of the AIA Interior Architecture Knowledge Community, call AIA Member Services at 800-242-3837, or visit: 


Architect Online's Continuing Education Center

Architect Online's Online Continuing Education Center gives professionals a convenient way to earn necessary continuing education credits without having to set foot in a classroom. The courses listed, sponsored by the companies noted, are accessible from anywhere you can establish an online connection. Just register, read the required material, and then take the test, either through a downloadable mail-in form, or free via a secure online connection, depending on the course. You'll be able to maintain your professional credentials, at your pace, and at a location that works for you. Visit: 


Architectural Record Continuing Education Center

Architectural Record magazine has a free Continuing Education Center where architects can earn AIA Continuing Education Credits online. Visit:

Architectural Record Discussion Forums

The McGraw Hill Construction Community, publisher of Architectural Record, has provided architects with a forum to express ideas, opinions, suggestions, and gripes. The discussion forums are open to all, and include topics such as Green Building Projects, Virtual Design, Practice Matters and a forum for younger architects. Visit:

CORA - Congress of Residential Architecture 

CORA is a grass root organization that encourages our members to participate in the dialog of improving residential architecture in a way that suits them best. The purpose of the CORA is to provide a continuing forum for advocating and enhancing residential architecture by all individuals, both professionals and non-professionals, that share a common interest in improving the quality of the homes and communities we live in. Visit: 

The Green Meeting Industry Council

The Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) is a non profit 501(c)(6) membership-based organization. Their goal is to encourage collaboration within the meetings industry toward the development of green standards that will improve the environmental performance of meetings and events on a global basis. The GMIC is the only professional green meetings organization that is a member of the Convention Industry Council. For more information visit: 


The World Architecture Community
The World Architecture Community invites all architects to create a free profile on their website. The World Architecture Portal is a unique comprehensive international directory and catalog of contemporary architecture where all architects, scholars and institutions may submit their work and links to share with colleagues from around the world.
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Liz Benton, Editor 
Glacier Blue® Architectural Topics & News
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