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An architect from Anacortes took the highest award and a Bow architect won another top award this week when the Northwest Washington chapter of American Institute of Architects handed out their 2015 regional Design Awards.

Anacortes architect Books Middleton was awarded an Honor Award and the Sustainability Award for the Stillaguamish Natural Resources Center in Arlington and a Citation Award for a new home on Thompson Rd. in Anacortes, while architect David Hall, of StudioEdison in Bow, picked up an Honor Award for a new home on Ninth St. in Anacortes.

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Stillaguamish Natural Resources Department, Honor and Sustainability Awards
Architect: Brooks Middleton Architect

This $6.9 million project was the product of in-depth research into Northwest Native American building design, close collaboration with the Stillaguamish Tribe’s Natural Resources Department Building Committee and their requirement for a long-lasting low-maintenance building, and the parameters of construction as dictated by Snohomish County, the Authority Having Jurisdiction.

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Island Perch, Citation Award
Architect: Brooks Middleton Architect

The Owners purchased this hilltop property years ago with the idea of building a house and retiring there when they finished their careers in Eastern Washington. The location is ideal – the site includes an abundance of glacially-scraped bedrock outcrops (he’s a geologist), and it sits high on a hillside among soaring raptors (they are both avid bird watchers) and has views of Mount Baker and Padilla Bay (their sailboat is moored in Anacortes). Although the property is situated on the north side of a hill, the building site was carefully selected for year-round sun (there’s a large solar array on the roof and a sports car in the Garage that the Owners converted to all-electric).

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Anacortes Old Town House, Honor
Architect: David Hall AIA, STUDIOEDISON

A 60 by 100 foot lot in the Old Town portion of Anacortes was bought with the intention of renovating and adding second stories to an existing house and garage. However, building codes made this impractical due to existing setback infringements. It was decided to tear down and start new. The existing retaining wall and stairs remain.

These are among twelve regional design awards AIA Northwest Washington chapter announced on March 3, 2015.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,075 Confirmed Skagit Cases
430-439 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

326 Hospitalizations
72 Deaths
49,057 Fully Vaccinated
59,732 Initial Doses Given


389,882 Confirmed Cases Statewide
23,187 Hospitalizations

5,622 Deaths Statewide
2,757,234 Fully Vaccinated
3,562,750 Initial Doses Given

Updated 7 pm, May 15, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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