SPOKANE VALLEY, WASHINGTON – Appleway Court II just celebrated their Grand Opening on Friday, June 6, 2014. This is the second phase to an already successful senior affordable housing complex in Spokane Valley, adding an additional 24-units.
SANDPOINT, IDAHO – Milltown Apartments, a 51-unit complex comprised of townhomes and apartment flats for low-income families was officially certified LEED for Homes Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. Platinum Certification is the highest achievable level of certification.
Shelly Lewis, Project Architect
Shelly Lewis has joined ZBA Architecture as a project architect. She previously was with Womer & Associates.
Joey Toews, Intern
Joey Toews has joined ZBA Architecture as an intern architect. He previously was with VMG Inc., in Coeur d'Alene, and is a recent graduate of the University of Idaho, in Moscow.
Article By Mike McLean
Journal of Business
ZBA transitions to new owners
Architectural firm aims to stay in design forefront with sustainable housing
Randy Vanhoff and Mark King, the newest partners at ZBA Architecture PS, of Spokane, say they don't plan to stray from the firm's core business as they lead the firm through a rebranding effort.
ZBA, which was founded 29 years ago as Zeck Butler Architects PS, will continue to specialize in multifamily housing, serving low-income, senior, developmentally disabled, and farmworker tenants.
"Housing has always been part of the business," King says. "We enjoy being part of a larger overall mission to provide housing for people less fortunate—and decent housing at that."
Vanhoff adds, "We're returning to some of the projects (the firm) designed 25 years ago, and starting to do rehabs."
ZBA also designs shop facilities for utilities, fire districts, counties, and smaller municipalities, he says. One such project was a component of the $144 million Spokane Water Reclamation Facility, at 1004 N. Freya, in East Spokane, in which ZBA worked with the Spokane office of Colorado-based CH2M Hill to design the main office and public building at the facility.
On Wednesday, June 5th, Milltown Apartments in Sandpoint Idaho received a visit from Tammye Trevino, the National Administrator for USDA's Housing and Community Facilities Programs. Milltown is recognized as one of the leading edge projects in the nation for its approach to sustainable energy and efficiency.
“We’re always looking for best-practice approaches to hold up as a model for the rest of the nation,” Trevino said.
Milltown is designed to achieve LEED Platinum standards upon its completion this coming August. ZBA worked with the client, Whitewater Creek, to identify Energy Efficiency as a goal for the low-income, multi-family housing project. An energy efficient envelope, geothermal heat pumps and solar panels are just a few examples of the sustainable elements that ZBA has incorporated to achieve this goal.
Randy Vanhoff, AIA and Mark King, AIA have been named Principals of ZBA Architecture PS, joining Rod Butler, AIA in ownership. Both graduates of Washington State University, Vanhoff has been with the firm for 14 years and King has been with the firm for 6 years. The firm was formerly known as Zeck Butler Architects.