Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 10

FEATURE

mixed use

Shaping New
Neighborhoods
Mixed-use developments are more ambitious
and diverse than ever.
Kenneth W. Betz, Senior Editor

M

ixed-use buildings and neighborhoods are not a new thing. In cities and small towns, retail has long been located on the ground
floor while offices or residences were above. After all, those work-

ers and residents were a built-in market for the businesses at their foot. But today,
expectations for mixed-use developments are higher, more specific, and more
inclusive.
Customers and tenants of mixed-use developments are looking for more
than just a coffee shop, run-of-the-mill office space, or a mundane apartment.
"It is a race to provide every individual amenity in the market in this current
building cycle. These sorts of amenities are becoming standard. Being pet
friendly, for example, is becoming standard. Sports-related facilities and areas
within the building [i.e., bike (or gear) wash stations as well as dog-wash areas]
are common, as are shared kitchen and lounge areas for entertaining friends and
that serve as an extension to small apartments," observed Jim Graham, co-founder, Graham Baba Architects, Seattle.
Even features such as green roofs shouldn't be ruled out, Graham said. "In
Seattle, much of this is a code-required minimum. Locally, green amenities have
become a required point of entry in order to compete in the marketplace," he
continued.
Millennials and older, retired couples are generally the demographics targeted by developers. Family-oriented offerings, so far, seem to be few and far between, Graham noted.
In addition, mixed-use developments have evolved to include more uses
than the traditional office/retail or residential/retail model. "University Village
in Seattle recently expanded with a mixed-use parking, retail, and medical office/clinic building that works very well. We have done several buildings in
town that integrate office/retail/residential," Graham commented.
While adaptive-reuse projects have flourished in older cities, Graham thinks
new construction is far less expensive and results in a better ROI. "In some cases,
the fa├žade of an existing character structure is retained and a new structure built
behind and above. This gives thin presence to the past, but only from the exterior. Inserting and threading a new structure through and above the older building results in the most character and better experience, but is more complex and
costly," he said.
Mixed-use is longer just for cities, either. "We should be focusing development energies to infilling our urban realm as well as existing low-to-mediumdensity suburban areas. Densifying already settled areas enables us to preserve
rural or undeveloped settings that are that much closer to areas that are built
up," Graham said.
Clearly, mixed-use development is influenced by social and economic changes that impact most areas of the built environment today. Following are a few
examples of recent built or planned projects. CA

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Commercial Architecture October 2017

The Architects
Shaping Neighborhoods
Local Atmosphere
Concrete Tile Roof Caps Renovation
Decking Provides Venue Views
Exteriors Products
After The Storm
Lofty Windows
Glass Spans Mixed-Use Development
Smart Glass Delivers Airport Comfort
Windows & Doors Products
Solar-Thermal/Tankless Water Heating Is LEED Platinum
UV Technology Fights Infection
Co-Gen Delivers Comfort At Ronald McDonald House
HVAC & Plumbing Products
Contemporary Lighting, Outdoor Dining
Low Voltage, LEDs Meet Sustainable Goals
Lighting & Electrical Products
Polished-Concrete Floor Reveals Natural Beauty
Interiors Products
Building Technology Products
Showcase
Index
Portfolio
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Cover1
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Cover2
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 1
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 2
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 3
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 4
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 5
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 6
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 7
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - The Architects
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 9
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Shaping Neighborhoods
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 11
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 12
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 13
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 14
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 15
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 16
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 17
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Local Atmosphere
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 19
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 20
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 21
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 22
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 23
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Concrete Tile Roof Caps Renovation
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 25
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 26
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Decking Provides Venue Views
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Exteriors Products
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 29
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - After The Storm
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 31
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Lofty Windows
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Glass Spans Mixed-Use Development
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Smart Glass Delivers Airport Comfort
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 37
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Windows & Doors Products
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 39
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Solar-Thermal/Tankless Water Heating Is LEED Platinum
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 41
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 42
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - UV Technology Fights Infection
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 44
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Co-Gen Delivers Comfort At Ronald McDonald House
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 46
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 47
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 48
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 49
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - HVAC & Plumbing Products
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 51
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 52
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Contemporary Lighting, Outdoor Dining
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Low Voltage, LEDs Meet Sustainable Goals
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Lighting & Electrical Products
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 56
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Polished-Concrete Floor Reveals Natural Beauty
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 58
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 59
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Interiors Products
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 61
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Building Technology Products
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 63
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Showcase
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Index
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Portfolio
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Cover3
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Cover4
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