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Dec 2017
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Barbara Swift to Give AIA Resilience Thinking Forum Closing Keynote

Barbara Swift will provide the closing keynote address for the AIA Seattle’s Resilience Thinking: Places, Spaces, Communities to occur on December 11th in Seattle. The interactive full-day forum will focus on resilience within a socio-ecological framework with the goal of building sustained capacity for action.

Nov 2017
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Swift Company receives Honor Award from WASLA for the Sound Transit Lynnwood Link Extension

Swift Company is honored to receive the 2017 WASLA Honor Award for Analysis and Planning for the preliminary corridor planning and design for the Sound Transit Lynnwood Link Light Rail Extension. The eight mile corridor extends the wildly successful light rail system north from Northgate in Seattle to Lynnwood, Washington.

Nov 2017
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Barbara Swift to Participate in NCHRP Transportation Workshop

Barbara Swift will join the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine workshop focused on Sustainable Highway Construction Practices research in Irvine California. Bringing together all players, the workshop focuses on innovative practices above and beyond the required standards.

Sep 2017
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Seattle Design Festival 2017 – Power

Barbara Swift joins panels focused on vision, policy and action. Enter the Fray: How Architects + Designers Can Be Powerful Advocates on 9.18 and Collaborative Power: Transforming Our Future on 9.20. Both focus on rapid change and advocacy. For more information, please see the attached.

Sep 2017
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ARCADE – A City to Love: Auckland’s Vision of a Public Realm

Barbara Swift and the 2015-2016 University of Washington Runstad Affiliate Fellows present spectacular and relevant findings from their research in Auckland, New Zealand in ARCADE’s Fall issue. For launch party information, please see the attached full announcement. For the issue see arcadenw.org.

May 2017
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Urban Land/ULI – Six Noteworthy Developments Changing the Face of Seattle

ULI’s Urban Land lists Stone 34 and 2+U as essential examples of where Seattle is going -  generous community and people places.  Swift Company is landscape architect and urban designer for both, reflective of our deep-seated commitment to place and a vibrant urban life.  See: Six Noteworthy Developments Changing the Face of Seattle

May 2017
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Seattle Design Commission Design Excellence Award

The Sound Transit University of Washington Station receives a design excellence award for its exceptional effort in exemplifying the values of the Design Commission – Inspired design, contextual integration, innovative sustainability, social inclusion, exemplary partnerships, effective investment and impeccable execution.  Swift Company is honored to have led site planning and design during all phases.

May 2017
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American Society of Landscape Architects 2017 Student Awards Jury

Barbara Swift will serve as the chair of the ASLA 2016 Student Awards Jury honoring the exceptional work and thinking of students in the United States and around the world. 

May 2017
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Swift Company Welcomes Rhys van Bemmel

Swift Company LLC is happy to welcome Rhys van Bemmel to our team! Rhys brings with him a passion for sustainable design and integrating wildlife habitat into the urban environment. 

Dec 2016
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Thompson Hotel Awarded NAIOP State Hospitality Development of the Year

The Thompson Hotel at 1st and Stewart is a Touchstone project, with OKA  and Swift Company. The NAIOP award honors the Thompson Hotel out of nearly 60 commercial, industrial, and residential development projects in Seattle for 2016. See the complete award nomination here.  

Dec 2016
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Sound Transit UW Light Rail Station Recognized with an AIA Seattle Award of Merit

The University of Washington Light Rail Station received a 2016 Merit Award from the Seattle AIA chapter. UW University Architect Rebecca Barnes says of the project, “The station beautifully and intricately navigates an almost unbelievably complex urban node.” See the full award submission here.

Dec 2016
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Seattle Public Utilities South Transfer Station honored with 2016 WASLA Merit Award

The SPU South Transfer Station received a 2016 merit award from the WASLA. The project is celebrated for its thoughtful integration of program, circulation, and its showcase of reclaimed treasures—bringing new recognition to a long-standing facility employee practice. See the award submission here

Sep 2016
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Grand Tetons National Park Craig Thomas Visitor Center Awarded 2016 ASLA Honor Award

We are honored to announce Swift Company’s project Grand Teton National Park Craig Thomas Discover + Visitor Center has been awarded a 2016 ASLA Honor Award. The 2016 Awards Jury praised the project as, “Beautiful, awe-inspiring,” and that it, “doesn’t compete with the wilderness.” To see the full award, please visit here. To read about the project, please visit here

Sep 2016
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UW Station Receives a Fast Company Innovation by Design Award

We are excited to announce that the Sound Transit University of Washington Station has received an honorable mention in the Spaces, Places, Cities category in Fast Company’s 2016 Innovation by Design Awards! To view the full award, please visit here

Sep 2016
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Runstad Fellows Present “A City to Love: Visions of a Public Realm”

The 2016 Runstad Center Affiliate Fellow will be presenting their work “A City of Love: Visions of a Public Realm.” The event will take place at the Impact HUB Seattle in Pioneer Square on September 27th at 6pm. We hope to see you there! To RSVP, please visit here

Sep 2016
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Women Shaping Seattle: An Interview with Barbara Swift

Coinciding with this year’s Seattle Design Festival theme of Design Change, The Urbanist is publishing a series exploring the way women are changing Seattle’s built environment. Barbara Swift was interviewed for the series for her leadership in the Seattle design community. The full article can be read here

Aug 2016
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University of Washington Station written up in The Stranger

The University of Washington Station was written up in The Stranger on August 12th by Charles Mudede. Calling the area “a paradise of multi-modal transportation”, Mudede praises all aspects of the landscape and architectural design of the station. He describes the station as, “the best looking train station on the line.” To read the full article, please visit here

May 2016
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UW College of the Built Environments 2016 Commencement Address

Barbara Swift is honored to be speaking to the graduating students and their families and friends at the University of Washington College of the Built Environments graduation celebration and reception honoring graduates from all college departments and interdisciplinary programs. 

May 2016
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American Society of Landscape Architects 2016 Student Awards Jury

Barbara Swift will serve as a member of the ASLA 2016 Student Awards Jury honoring the exceptional work and thinking of students in the United States and around the world. 

May 2016
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University of Washington Link Station wins AIA Washington Award

The Sound Transit University of Washington Station has been awarded an Honorable Mention from the AIA Washington 2016 Civic Design Awards. The station building was designed by LMN Architects and the extensive site by Swift Company. Located at a transportation nexus at the toe of Rainier Vista, the station abuts Husky Stadium and University grounds. On March 19th, the station opened to capacity crowds. Ridership stays high today, changing regional transportation options for the future. 

Apr 2016
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Nathan Brightbill

On March 31st, 2016 we experienced the unexpected terrible loss of our great colleague and friend, Nathan Brightbill. He was a vital and cherished part of our Swift Company family and he will be sorely missed. While our loss is significant, it pales in comparison with that of his wife Leah and two young sons. Nathan is survived by his wife Leah, young sons Rylan and Levi, and his family. Please see the links below for more information and ways to help. 

http://www.welovenathanbrightbill.com/

https://www.youcaring.com/leah-briney-548968

Mar 2016
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400 Fairview Open for Business

400 Fairview, Swift Company’s recently completed collaboration with Skanska USA, is open for business and exhibits and exceptional blurring of public and private. Following a rigorous evaluation of market strategies, Skanska and the design team pushed typical assumptions to create a growing vibrant environment. Swift Company was influential in the design decisions that led to the strong interior/exterior relationship bringing in urban life with multiple paths, natural light and views deep into the building. The intentional generosity of seating, stages, and stoops with meticulous attention to detail invites use by all.

Feb 2016
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Skyway Library is Now Open

Swift Company project Skyway Library is now open to the public! Sitting at the intersection of Renton Ave S and 76th Ave S, the library is the main focal point of Skyway’s civic infrastructure. The multi-functional entry plazas can be combined with the parking area to create a larger space that can host a weekly farmer’s market, annual car show or other local community events. Artist Jenny Heishman joined the team and created magic with her Sky Stones. (photograph by Robert Wade)

Feb 2016
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Swift Company Project U Link to open in March

The University of Washington Sound Transit Station is schedule to open 6 months early and $150 million under budget. Along with the Capitol Hill station, the stations are the first of 5 current Sound Transit station projects for Swift Company. The UDistrict, Roosevelt, and Northgate Stations are in the final stages of construction documents with early phases of construction under way. Additionally, the Lynnwood Link Extension Preliminary Engineering is wrapping up. 

Aug 2015
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2016 Affiliate Fellow at University of Washington Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies

Barbara Swift to join selected industry leaders, faculty, and students for a program examining real estate issues in the built environment. The Affiliate Fellows program fosters deep interactions between students, the academic community, and the business community, provides mentorship to students, and explores new ideas relevant to the Northwest real estate community. 

Jul 2015
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Federal Way 320th Library Recognized with an AIA Washington Civic Design Award

The Federal Way 320th Library received an AIA Washington Council Civic Design Merit Award, acclaimed by the jury for its uplifting community presence and remarkable attention to detail. The Civic Design Awards recognize public projects which represent Washington’s highest standards in sustainability, innovation, building performance, and community engagement. 

Mar 2015
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Stone34 – LEED Platinum!

Stone 34, with Skanska Commercial Development, has been awarded LEED Platinum. The Brooks headquarters project followed extensive efforts with the City of Seattle Deep Green Pilot Program and developed a market driven, sustainable commercial development in a neighborhood undergoing rapid growth.

Nov 2014
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2014 NAIOP Award

The Stone 34 development with Skanska has been honored with an award for the “Office Development of the Year” by NAIOP. The local chapter of the national organization recognizes local real estate projects and companies for their impact on the community, market adaptability, ingenuity, and local contributions. The award acknowledges the exceptional integration of a “deep green” project with Fremont community identity, housing Brooks Sports headquarters and flagship retail store on the Burke Gilman Trail. Click here for more info on NAIOP.

Jul 2014
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University of Washington Paccar Hall Foster School of Business Awarded the 2014 Green GOOD DESIGN

The Chicago Athenaeum/Europe awarded the Paccar Hall Foster School of Business the Green GOOD DESIGN award as an example of the world’s most important examples of sustainable design.

 

Jun 2014
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South Transfer Station Awarded Seattle Design Commission Design Excellence Award

The Commission nominated the Transfer Station to receive one of four design excellence awards for exceptional integration of building landscape and function, stating the beautifully integrated project created a landmark in the city.

May 2014
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South Transfer Station Awarded 2014 AIA/WA Civic Design Award

The City of Seattle South Transfer Station, a vigorous collaboration with URS, Miller Hull, Mortenson and WPA, received an honor award for its contribution to public design, representing the finest standards of design excellence, innovation and integration into the surrounding community.

 

Apr 2014
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Peace Arch Land Port of Entry Awarded GSA 2014 Design Excellence Honor Award

The jury found the Peace Arch Land Port of Entry exemplifies the highest level of civic design in response to a changing world, through the insertion of a complex facility into the topography, subservient to the historic Peace Park and the expansive coastal landscape.

 

Nov 2013
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Barbara Swift ASLA Fellowship Honors

The American Society of Landscape Architects is elevating Barbara Swift to the ASLA Council of Fellows for her work. The designation of Fellow is conferred on individuals in recognition of exceptional accomplishments over a sustained period of time. 

Mar 2013
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Landscape Architecture Magazine Features Craig Thomas Visitor Center

LAM features the Craig Thomas Visitor Center in an article titled, “Scary Enough.” Read the article on our website.