at DePape Associates have been designing commercial and religious
projects for twenty years. In that time and in locations as varied as Central
America and Hawaii as well as the Pacific Northwest, we have helped business
people and church boards realize their building dreams using the most efficient
and cost conscious methods. Multiple projects for the same clients and their
colleagues attest to the win-win relationships we encourage among owner,
architect and contractor. As community members serving on both public and
private building committees and planning commissions, we have experience with
the evolution of projects from inception through completion.
Office and Home in Central America
The owner asked for "something "elegant" and "roofy".
He requested a building with the detailing and understatement of a large
Mercedes sedan. Years later he says "I see parts of my building around town. It
is often imitated. No one has yet equaled what you have done for me." Responding
to our clients and the climatic challenges of the tropics with excellent design
is a strength at DePape Associates.
The owners of Designer's Salon were proposing to create an
extraordinarily large styling salon, yet it was important to them that the
design feel cozy. They were thinking of a Mediterranean theme. The existing
building, a former bank branch, contained a number of angular spaces which were
challenging to work with and that were arrayed around the old bank vault which
could not be removed due to its extreme cost. Our design solution provided for
26 hair styling stations and a variety of other technicians, while maintaining
an intimate atmosphere. The Mediterranean theme, is reflected in the use of
arches, the barrel vaulted entry ceiling, and the sequence of intimate spaces on
shifting axis, reminiscent of Mediterranean fishing villages. The facility was
97% leased on opening day.
This high-end childcare facility was born out of a major renovation of
an existing tavern. The design made maximum use of the size and proportions of
the existing building to allow the owner the option to license the facility for
more than 180 children. While very compact and efficient, the individual rooms
have a comfortable and cozy, not cramped feeling. The building containing
Americhild Academy is one of the oldest buildings in Bothell, Washington. DePape
Associates made full use of our extensive knowledge of the building codes and
made best use of the existing conditions to develop a design that would meet
modern life safety requirements for a highly regulated type of use, while not
requiring expensive upgrades to the existing structure.
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