Architecture & Engineering

Jim Dillman, Richland architect emeritus, wants to take AIA Central Washington’s exhibit of the best of the region’s architecture to area libraries once it wraps up a yearlong exhibition at the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Architects put the spotlight on their best work

Sharp-eyed travelers with time to kill at the Tri-Cities Airport have always been bombarded with information about local sites. For...

Architecture & Engineering Briefs – January 2022

AIA Central Washington honors best of 2021 AIA Central Washington, representing the region’s architects, honored three projects with its 2021...

Tri-Cities boasts more engineers than state average

It will come as no surprise to readers that Benton and Franklin counties boast a high number of engineers. According...

Q&A with Doug Mitchell

Doug Mitchell Principal MMEC Architecture and Interiors Doug Mitchell Number of employees you oversee: We have seven partners and a...
Grandview High School received the Outstanding Project Award in Learning By Design Magazine’s Fall 2021 Architectural and Interior Design Awards of Excellence. Designed by Architects West, the 197,515-square-foot school replaced a 1970s-era building with a modern facility filled with light and innovative designs. (Courtesy Architects West)

Valley school’s design wins national accolades

A new high school in the Lower Yakima Valley has earned national recognition for its innovative design. Architects West, which...
Architect Terence “Tere” Thornhill designed the LIGO Hanford Exploration Center, or LExC, to echo the colliding black holes detected in 2016, a scientific breakthrough that netted the team a Nobel Prize for Physics. (Courtesy Terence L. Thornhill Architect)

LIGO gets visitor center worthy of its Nobel Prize-winning science

Terence L. Thornhill With nearly 27 years designing homes and other buildings in the Tri-Cities under...
Ex-Tri-City Fever players Lionell Singleton and Houston Lillard are developing Vertisee, a 24-unit apartment building as Richland’s Columbia Park Trail East stretch gets a facelift from the city. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Ex-Tri-Cities Fever duo heating up stretch of Richland waterfront

Lionell Singleton Houston Lillard Lionell Singleton and Houston Lillard were fierce competitors...
Technician Dillon Reese works with some of the tooled used by Bernardo|Wills Architecture PC in its downtown Spokane offices. Courtesy Spokane Journal of Business.

Northwest firms explore 3D, virtual reality, drones

Advanced technology helps architects better communicate with clients By Natasha Nellis The flood of technology over the past 10 years...
The Miramar Clinic in Kennewick will respect the Italian stylings of the Vista Field redevelopment plan. The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic broke ground on the $20 million project in January. It’s expected to open in 2021. Courtesy The Neenan Co.

$20 million clinic shows what’s possible at Vista Field

Architect to respect Italian stylings on exterior of Yakima Valley Farm Workers’ newest clinic The Tri-Cities’ newest health clinic will respect...
The Tri-Cities is no architectural wasteland. The Franklin County Courthouse, constructed in 1911, is a handy example, but it’s not alone. The region is dotted with architectural gems, some prominent and many not. Photo by Wendy Culverwell .

Meet the architectural gems of the Tri-Cities

Michael Marley recalls when Tri-City school officials cautioned architects to avoid anything fanciful in their designs for new buildings.  Districts need voter approval to raise taxes to build and...

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