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FEATURE

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Washington Fruit & Produce Co.
Headquarters Details
GRAHAM BABA ARCHITECTS TEAM

* Brett Baba, design principal
* Hill Pierce, project architect
* Jenn LaFreniere, project manager

DESIGN TEAM
Graham Baba Architects (architecture and interior design), Seattle

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IMA Wright LLC (structural engineer), Seattle
ARUP (M/E/P/fire protection engineer), Seattle
The Berger Partnership (landscape architect), Seattle
Brian Hood Lighting (lighting designer), Seattle
Premier SIPS (structurally insulated panel roof),
Puyallup, WA

* Selkirk Timberwrights (glulam), Priest River, ID
* Pacific Window Systems (glazing), Kent, WA
* Stusser Woodworks (custom furniture fabrication & white
oak paneling), Woodinville, WA

Spartan, daylight-filled interiors at Washington Fruit
headquarters are complemented by a warm, simple
palette of natural materials. Interior furnishings terminate well below the ceiling. The open feeling of
the structure is reinforced by keeping furnishings
low and allowing them to float within the space.

form a central, landscaped courtyard. Soil excavated for

Spartan, daylight-filled interiors are complemented by

foundation work was repurposed for the perimeter berms,

a warm, simple palette of natural materials. Private offices

eliminating the need to remove it or add more.

line the south wall, while conference spaces and back-of-

A notch through the berm provides access from the

house functions are set in wood-clad boxes. Interior fur-

parking area to the formal courtyard and building en-

nishings terminate well below the ceiling. The open feel-

trance. Crossing the courtyard on a boardwalk, the visitor

ing of the structure is reinforced by keeping furnishings

is embraced by a fully glazed facade, punctuated by a se-

low and allowing them to float within the space. Lighting

ries of wood columns that march across the building in

consists of custom-designed uplights, which keep the ceil-

regular intervals. The boardwalk aligns with an off-set

ing plane tidy. A raised flooring system further ensures

building entry, which is formed as a wood-wrapped pas-

that the clean aesthetic is preserved and free of cabling.

sageway inserted into the glazed facade.

The deep agricultural roots of the company and location

The building recalls its agricultural roots by pulling
the 18-ft.-tall scissored glulam structural columns to the

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COMMERCI A L A RCHI T EC T URE

OCTOBER 2017

throughout the project.

outside, revealing the physics of its construction and en-

The sales office is located in the short arm of the L to

abling the 175-ft.-long interior volume to be column free.

isolate noise and enhance privacy. Adjacent to the sales

Topped with 68-ft.-long exposed truss girders, the interior

office is a separately enclosed structure featuring a 30-ft.-

reaches 20 ft. at its peak. The repetitive nature of the

long table where farmers with whom the company works

structure ensured easy fabrication and assembly, saving

gather for communal meals. The exposed structural sys-

costs and resources.

tem connecting the lunchroom to the main building cre-

The north-facing courtyard facade is glazed along its
length, visually extending the interior space into the

ates a small, partially covered courtyard, nodding to a
remnant of an aging barn.

courtyard. Interior light is balanced by a long clerestory

Views throughout the thirty-acre complex are con-

dormer on the south, while the extensive use of large,

trolled, whether to the courtyard, the distant hills, or to

south-facing overhangs and high-efficiency glazing limits

the shallow private office views created between the

summer heat gain. Reclaimed barnwood siding and a

building and the berms. Everything is curated to create a

weathering steel roof round out the exterior materials.

peaceful environment in which to work. 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
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