StoreFront Studio

January 28, 2010

Morton – Introduction

SUMMER 2009 Introduction The Morton Washington Main Streets Enhancement Strategies involves the direct collaboration between the community, the UW Storefront Studio, and the Washington State Department of Transportation.  The format of this study is based on a series of public meetings and exchanges between the University of Washington architecture students, the Washington State Department of…

Morton – Introduction 2

Morton – Analysis

SUMMER 2009 Analysis Historic analysis and existing community assets were examined.  Through meeting with community memebers and the Morton Action Committee the Storefront Studio identified key physical assets within Morton.  In categorizing and mapping the response, a series of graphic icons were developed to represent these important features of Morton.

Morton – Historical Analysis

Historical Analysis

Morton – Existing Community Assets

Gus Baxtrom Park The park is a large open green space providing access to the Tilton River, camping, picnicking and many other outdoor activities. Historic Train Depot Located on the east side of town, the depot acts as an entrance, anchor and engine for community activity downtown. Loggers/Veterans Memorial This memorial is currently a gateway…

Morton – Existing Community Assets 2

Commercial Main Street The Wheel Tavern is in a part of downtown that generates consistent activity at various times of the day – activating it. Jubilee Park This park is nestled on the east side of town and acts as the central grounds for the loggers Jubilee every summer. Natural Setting Located within close proximity…

Morton – Intersections as Gateways

SUMMER 2009 Intersections as Gateways State Route 7 at the northern and southern entries into Morton compose two opportunities to mark entry into town, and connect visitors and residents alike to downtown.  Both locations illustrate opportunities to increase pedestrian safety while making a gateway.  The southern gateway poses a more significant priority currently because of…

Morton – Traffic Analysis

Left Narrow Paths and Islands Center Varied Bump Outs Right Bump Outs and Roundabout

Morton – Roundabout Proposal

Roundabout Proposal

Morton – Existing


Morton – Proposed


Morton – Main Street Analysis

SUMMER 2009 Main Street Analysis The following illustrated examples display strategies that respond to issues specific to downtown and Main Avenue.  These represent the factors that drive design decisions illustrated throughout this book and act as core values for future design decisions.

Morton – Icons A

Repairs and Renovation (left) Opportunities to repair and replace degrading structural elements and deteriorating facade treatments can encourage more activity along the street.  This strategy addresses issues of general up-keep, as well as the preservation and restoration of the historic building inventory. Signage (center) This strategy addresses the importance of business identity and what a particular…

Morton – Icons B

Recycling (left) Waste receptacles and recycling containers located strategically throughout downtown help to keep the street clean.  When repeated at strategic locations, this street amenity reinforces Goldendale’s commitment to taking care of its public space. Seating (center) This strategy addresses the importance of providing places to sit down, rest, and observe what else is going…

Morton – Icons C

Lighting (left) Pedestrian scale lighting in addition to street lighting provides a sense character in both day and night that helps to give cohesiveness to the street.  This strategy also seeks to give life to the street after dark and illustrate opportunities to use light on buildings that calls attention to specific things like signage…

Morton – City Hall Existing


Morton – City Hall Proposed


Morton – Existing A


Morton – Proposed A


Morton – Existing B


Morton – Proposed B


Morton – Existing C


Morton – Proposed C


Morton – Existing D


Morton – Proposed D


Morton – Existing E


Morton – Proposed E


Morton – Existing F


Morton – Proposed F


Morton – Existing G


Morton – Proposed G


Morton – Existing H


Morton – Proposed H


Morton – Color Study

SUMMER 2009 Color Study Although complimentary to the street by being well maintained and freshly painted, the color platette of the existing street favors blues, greens, and yellows, which is reinforced by the surrounding landscape.  The color options shown reinforce this palette.

Morton – Color Study B

Left Existing Color Right Color Study

Morton – PDF

SUMMER 2009 Project Book Please click here to view the complete Morton document.

January 26, 2010

Puyallup – History

SPRING 2008 History Existing street facade conditions were documented, and archives were researched for images of local historic streetscapes.  Restoration proposals brought back lost architectural features.

Puyallup – History A

Puyallup – Awning Analysis

Awning Analysis

Puyallup – Masterplan

SPRING 2008 Elevation Analysis A reiterative process of client consultations and design revisions resulted in final projects that included new paint, siding, cornices, awnings, signs, and restored windows and entrances.

Puyallup – Existing A


Puyallup – Proposed A


Puyallup – Completed A


Puyallup – Existing B


Puyallup – Proposed B


Puyallup – Existing C


Puyallup – Proposed C


Puyallup – Completed C


Puyallup – Existing D


Puyallup – Proposed D


Puyallup – Existing E


Puyallup – Proposed E


Puyallup – PDF

SPRING 2008 Project Book Please click here to view the complete Puyallup document.

Puyallup – Media

SPRING 2008 Media Project Gives Downtown Exteriors A Second Look: The Herald – December 6, 2007 A New Old Look For Puyallup?: The News Tribune – April 7, 2008

January 25, 2010

Kent – Masterplan

AUTUMN 2006 Masterplan While operating out of a Meeker Street storefront, Storefront Studio created goals that linked design ideas for economic growth to the existing community assets.  After Community and City input, archive research, and extensive fieldwork, the Studio identified a list of Kent’s physical and social assets.  By studying potentials of individual opportunities, a…

Kent – Library Block

AUTUMN 2006 Library Block Master Plan The Kent Library, an important community structure, is positioned between First and Second Avenue.  The Studio sought to provide stronger connections between the two main axis by reinforcing street edges, creating pedestrian bridge between relocated depot and new transit system, reorganizing library parking and increasing visibility of library.

Kent – Proposed


Kent – Depot Proposed I


Kent – Depot Proposed


Kent – Post Office Block

AUTUMN 2006 Post Office Block Master Plan The overall scheme for the Post Office block is to enhance greenspace, reinforce existing downtown assests along First Avenue, connect existing green spaces and find dual-use for parking lots and increase the number of residential units and maintain commercial storefronts and public parking.

Kent – Rose Garden Proposal

Rose Garden Park Site Proposals

Kent – Rose Garden Rendering


Kent – Market Existing


Kent – Market Proposed


Kent – Corner Existing


Kent – Corner Proposed


Kent – Order Existing


Kent – Order Rendering


Kent – Seed Project 1

Seed Project

Kent – Seed Project 2

Seed Project

Kent – Seed Project 3

Seed Project

Kent – Post Office Block Site Study

Kent – Permeable Pavers

Permeable Pavers

Kent – Permeable Surface Trees

Tree Planting

Kent – Existing


Kent – Proposed


Kent – Bookshop Existing


Kent – Bookshop Color Study

Color Study

Kent – Bookshop Proposed


Kent – Meeker Plan

Proposed Plan

Kent – Meeker Existing


Kent – Meeker Proposed


Kent – Meeker Night

Proposed – Night

Kent – Meeker Green Passage

Green Passage

Kent – Color Study

AUTUMN 2006 Color Study The RGB (red, green, blue) lighting system is capable of producing millions of color variations.  The light in the passage cycles through all of these colors as it changes slowly from one main color to the next.  The color sequence and effects are controlled by a simple driver unit which connects…

Kent – Color Image

Kent – PDF

AUTUMN 2006 Project Book Please click here to view the complete Kent document.

Kent – Media Page

AUTUMN 2006 Media Page Jim Nicholls Interview with Mayor, Suzette Cooke

January 21, 2010

Carnation – History

AUTUMN 2007 History Historical analysis was done to understand the roots of the site.  Proposals realize the history while planning for the future of Carnation.

Carnation – History Image

Carnation – Masterplan

AUTUMN 2007 Masterplan The masterplan calls for reinforcing the downtown core with pedestrian lighting, banners and planters.  The plan also strives to reinforce neighborhood links with street trees.

Carnation – Plan 1

Carnation – Elevation Analysis

AUTUMN 2007 Elevation Analysis The studio examined the existing elevations to locate areas for enhancement.

Carnation – Elevation Existing A


Carnation – Elevation Proposed A


Carnation – Elevation Existing B


Carnation – Elevation Proposed B


Carnation – Elevation Existing C


Carnation – Proposed Existing C


Carnation – Elevation Existing D


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