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Designs Northwest/HKP Architects recently attended the National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders Conference in Las Vegas to receive NAHB’s Best in American Living (BALA) Silver Award for Housing Hope’s Twin Lakes Landing project in Marysville, Washington.

The major design and planning objectives for Twin Lakes Landing were to create a sense of community by providing moments where residents can interact with each other and thrive. This modular project built on the shores of Twin Lakes in Marysville is home to 50 families who were previously homeless.

Housing Hope, founded in 1987, combines affordable housing with tailored services such as life-skills training, childcare, case management, and employment services.  They also offer homeownership opportunities for low-income individuals.  For this project, the team of Designs Northwest/HKP Architects created a new community for families to secure transitional housing and take advantage of Housing Hope’s educational and childcare programs. The site includes a community garden, children’s play area, interior courtyards and lawn space. Views of the water are emphasized in the communal areas as well as the southern facing units. Built to Evergreen Sustainable Design Standards, this project is energy efficient and utilizes sustainable materials throughout.

Team members include:

  • Housing Hope, Owner
  • Designs Northwest/HKP Architects, Architects
  • Geotest, Hydrology & Stormwater
  • Harmsen & Associates, Civil Engineering
  • MIG/SvR Design Company, Landscape
  • Lund Opsahl, Structural Engineering
  • Interface, Electrical Engineering
  • Harris Group (formerly The Rice Group), Mechanical Engineering
  • Synergy Construction, General Contractor
  • Guerdon Modular Buildings, Modular Construction

The project consists of six two-story buildings on a 2.5-acre site overlooking the serene Gissberg Twin Lakes, which is a County Park with walking trails. Modular construction was used to gain economic efficiencies and reduce the construction timeline. Residents enjoy views of the lake from south facing apartments and the two open spaces designed for children’s play and quiet contemplation. There are sixteen one-bedroom units and thirty-four two-bedroom units for a total of 42,100 square feet.

“We are thrilled that Twin Lakes Landing is recognized in this national                                             program specifically for the owner, Housing Hope, as it provides much warranted acknowledgement of their dedication to and success in serving families in need. It is our hope that this will help funders see how well their projects are executed and provide for many more projects like this for our community,” said Julie Blazek, Partner at HKP Architects.

Now in its 35th year, BALA recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential housing industry including single-family production, custom, multifamily, affordable, remodeling, community and interiors. BALA is built on the principle that all great projects start with great design, no matter the cost or size.

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HKP Architects is a full-service architectural design firm with offices in Mount Vernon and Seattle, Washington, serving public and private clients throughout Washington State since 1952. Our portfolio includes civic buildings and spaces, educational facility planning, non-profit and community-oriented projects, and private homes. All of our projects emphasize long-term value for the client through efficient use of space, appropriate use of materials, sustainability, and the benefits of natural light throughout our buildings. 

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