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Vashon Island, WA

Vashon Storefront Studio 2012

A Collaboration Between

University of Washington CBE, Department of Architecture Vashon Island Chamber of Commerce King County Historic Preservation Program Funded by King County, and a component of it’s Historic Downtown Initiative


Table of Contents

Studio Process and Goals



North Ferry Landing South Ferry Landing Tramp Harbor Dock Dockton Seawall Island Making Portage Store

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Main Street

Farmers Market Vashon Pharmacy Station Cafe Vashon Books and Kronos Facade Corner Brick Building Blank Facade / Lumber Yard Art Deco Facade Furniture Design Main Street Micro-Forest Library Concert Bowl

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Center Garage Building K2 Factory

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Farms and Forests



Beall Greenhouses Kvisvik-Martindale Chicken House Barn Restaurant Vashon Farm Stands Island Center Forest Trail Head

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Bumper Sticker Media & Press Acknowledgements

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Northern Ferry Landing Main Street Kvisvik-Martindale Farm

Trail Heads

Farmers Market Vashon Pharmacy Station Cafe Vashon Books and v Facade Corner Brick Building Blank Facade/Lumber Yard Art Deco Facade Furniture Design Main Street Micro-Forest Library Concert Bowl

Beall Greenhouses K2 Factory Center Garage Building Tramp Harbor Dock Portage Store Dockton Seawall Island Making

Southern Ferry Landing

The Storefront Studio Process As their final studio before graduating from the University of Washington, 13 architecture students landed on Vashon Island. Their purpose was to identify the physical and cultural assets of Vashon Town and nearby areas in order to develop practical preservation and development strategies for enhancing community character and stimulating economic growth. For two months, starting on March 30, 2012 and ending June 1, 2012,

4 Photo Credit to Todd Scott

the students hosted public open houses, exhibits and information exchanges on Vashon in order to develop a comprehensive set of projects addressing the central opportunities and identity of the island. Visual tools such as before and after images of existing and proposed conditions were used to communicate and document the dialog and product. Business owners, property owners and other community members participated

in shaping and influencing the student’s work by recommending projects to tackle, and providing feedback in the course of project development. The ideas that emerged from this collaboration are contained in this book and include an array of proposals for enriching the community. King County will work to implement the vision that is illustrated in these pages in upcoming months and years.

Goals Preserve History Learning about Vashon history was key to some of the projects that were selected. The Vashon Town storefront facade projects address a variety of vernacular and period building forms

and architectural styles, while working to retain important historic facades, thus enhancing the existing, eclectic character of main street.

Photo Credit Vashon Center for the Arts

Develop Economy Long established as an agricultural and artisan community, the students looked at how to build on this heritage and increase community scale commerce on the island. A proposal for developing

a ‘brand’ identity sign for the U-Pick farm stands will help visitors find fresh produce, while a new interpretation of the K2 factory will support small scale artisan factories and businesses.

Photo Credit Joe Staiano

Enhance Community Artists, farmers, and individual entrepreneurs are among those who for the eclectic community of Vashon. The introduction of more street furniture, benches and bike racks, designed by

local artists, and an improved layout and recycled shelter structures for the farmers and craft market will support the vibrant island community. 5

Photo Credit Flickr ambika

WATERSIDE Welcome Signage

Mackenzie Sims

Tramp harbor Dock

Alexander Thomson

Dockton Seawall

Alexander Thomson

Island Making

Alexander Thomson

Portage Store

Emily Andrews


Vashon Island Ferry Welcome |

North End Landing

When arriving at the North ferry terminal there is no indication of where anything is on the island, or where you are relative to downtown or other parts of the island. The road connecting to the terminal is no different than any other island road, except it is slightly larger. The North Landing is used a lot by commuters who already know the island. There is limited space and heavy traffic flow. But there are still many visitors from Seattle, who need to wait for a ride. Design Program: Welcome - Sign created by local artist, welcoming everyone to Vashon. Directions - Clear arrows telling visitors which way town is, and how far away it is. Visible for vehicles and pedestrians. Waiting - A place to rest while waiting for a ferry or a ride, or just to enjoy the view. Information / Notification - General information about activities on the island for visitors would be located on the dock by the existing news stands. “This project needs community involvement through the design and construction of a welcoming sign.” Existing



Vashon Island Ferry Welcome|South

End Landing

After sailing the short trip from Point Defiance to the Tahlequah (South end) Ferry Terminal there is a similar issue of not knowing where town is or how far away it is. There is still one main road that takes you North, but if you don’t know the island, you may not know where it is leading you. There is a lot more room at the Landing for a covered shelter, and even though the terminal is smaller, it seems more pedestrian driven than the busy North end. Design Program: Welcome - Sign created by local artist, welcoming everyone landing. Information / Notification - General information about activities on the island for visitors, as well as any posters or flyers Islanders want to post about special events or classes. Waiting - A covered shelter to wait for a ferry or a ride, or just to enjoy the view. Directions - Clear arrows telling visitors which way town is, and how far away it is. Visible for vehicles and pedestrians. Daily News - Pick up your news paper while you wait or pass by. Existing


Tramp Harbor Dock | Activation

Habitat - Rip Rap - Beach Habitat Creation - Recycle Damaged Equipment for Marine Life


- Small Craft Landing for Kayakers - Sunken Wrecks for Diving - Boat Launch - Park Area

One of the oldest surviving docks on the island, Tramp Harbor Dock has had a special role in the history of Vashon. As a stop in the Mosquito Fleet it was one of the links to the main land and surrounding area. As the ďŹ rst step in the reconnection of Vashon-Maury to its waterfront tradition, information plaques and historic photos could be displayed. Tramp Harbor Dock is also a prime location for a memorial to the marine merchants and ferry pilots who have kept Vashon-Maury connected to the mainland for more than a century.



Through Renovation

Carbon Neutral Power

- Wind Turbines for a Sustainable Vashon - Alternative Energy For Emergency Power Supply



Park Perspective Proposed


Approximately 100 yards south of Tramp Harbor Dock is a small ďŹ eld and beach. With no existing infrastructure, the space could be

turned into a pocket park. A shelter for picnics and bathrooms are needed as infrastructural improvements. Local art and sculpture could be included.

Tramp Harbor Dock needs structural work and improvement on the recreational infrastructure. A small craft landing and dock is proposed.

Seismic upgrades would allow the dock to be a place for rescue workers to land and bring supplies in case of an emergency.


Pier Perspective Proposed


Dockton Seawall |

Collapsing Embankment Shored Up by Rip-Rap


Connecting Portage & Tramp Harbor

Concrete Embankment Minimizes Habitat

Ideal Plan

Park area planted with native plants Ideal Section

Existing concrete seawall not expanded More rip-rap for beach improvements


Island Making |

Quartermaster and Tramp Harbor This project proposes to re-open the isthmus between Vashon and Maury islands for the purpose of ushing out the pollutants from Quartermaster Harbor. The dredging would be for smaller boats, kayaks and wildlife. Two bridges are proposed to link Maury and Vashon Island. The section below highlights the dredge canals. Multiple meandering routs create valuable habitats for Sea life and birds.





This perspective is looking south towards Portage Store, showing the possibility of a proposed dredging. Not sized for powerboats, its main purpose is to clean out Quartermaster Harbor and facilitate kayak connections.




To promote sea life and ďŹ sh species to use the channel, the bridge decks are made to be transparent and not create shadow on the water; which inhibits ďŹ sh from crossing under them.

Green spaces and Boardwalks along the shores of the new channel are for pedestrians and bikers to travel the shores of Vashon-Maury Island more easily.

Portage Store The Portage Store sits at the crossing between Vashon and Maury Island. Historically, it has always been a major hub for transferring goods, ferry loading and a general store for the sub community of Portage. Its location has the opportunity to connect community to the water as well as serve both islands. Our proposal is to turn the space into a small cafe/venue space to support the local musicians and give the community a place to celebrate at the waters edge. The proposed facade reestablishes the old windows seen in the left historical photo and also restores the wrap-around porch. The windows added are using existing framework to serve as mullions and open the facade to the harbor.


Historical Photos Courtesy of Vashon Museum

Proposed View


Current Elevation

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Proposed Elevation

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MAIN STREET Farmers Market Vashon Pharmacy Station Cafe

Nishant Jacob | Vy Nguyen Nishant Jacob David Kim

Vashon Bookstore

Brandon Weyrick

Corner Brick Building

Brandon Weyrick

Blank Facade/Lumber Yard

Brandon Weyrick

Art Deco Facade

Michael Avellone

Furniture Design Micro-Forests Library Concert Bowl

Lisa Healy | Coby Vardy Cory Nestor David Kim

Farmers Market





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Carnation Farmer’s market

Carnation Farmer’s market

Eau-Claire, Downtown Farmer’s market

Windsor Farmer’s market, NC

Covington Farmer’s market, VA


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OPTION A covered space, and also opening up the center of the market site. An additional new structure with recycled trusses from the McFeed’s building is situated on the west side and anchors the site.

Vashon Highway

The existing farmers market structure is recycled into pieces and used to construct a long narrow structure along the south side of the market, allowing more light and air into the



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OPTION B The new structure with trusses from the McFeed’s building is situated on the west side and anchors the site.

Vashon Highway

In this proposal, the existing structure is kept intact, creating a central lawn space on the right and aisles of tents on the left.



Vashon Pharmacy |


Facade Renovation

The proposal for the Vashon Pharmacy gives the facade a more identiďŹ able character. A stepped parapet, similar to the local typology of commercial false fronts, creates a new proďŹ le that completes and compliments the existing streetscape. Colors and a new logo are also used to create a more inviting facade.


Station Cafe The Station Cafe proposal restores the original character of the gas station building. Garage doors The Station Cafe Proposal restores the recall the original work allow theStation. cafe to orginal character of bays this and former Gas open up to the sidewalk. Theorignal cafe’s take out window Garage doors recall the structure and isallow now covered like the original gas station pumps. the cafe to open up to the sidewalk. The Cafe’s drive through take-out window is now covered like the original gas stationpumps.

Historical Photo



Existing Structure

Existing Plan

Proposed Exterior


Proposed Interior


Vashon Books and Kronos |

Facade Renovation

Bakery with Tile

courtesy of Clare Dohna

Bob’s Bakery

The proposal for Vashon Books is to allow it to become a canvas for local mosaic artists from the Vashon Island Tile Guild. Pictured above is a similar proposal for Bob’s Bakery done by the guild.


Current Condition

Modifications include removal of the shingle awning, addition of a new awning and new signs for businesses, and expansion of the entryway. The facade will be restored, painted and accented with mosaic artwork.

Proposed Facade with Tile

Proposed Restoration

Corner Brick Building |

Historic Restoration

Historical Photograph

The proposal for this building is to restore it to a state similar to the historic photo at top left.

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this building is to restore it to a

The shingles will be removed in order to expose the original brick facade as well as a row of original The shingles w illby b e the removed order toAexpose windows covered existinginawning. new the original brick facade a s well a s a row of origiawning and new signs for businesses housed glazing covered by the current awning. A new innal the building are also part of the proposed modiďŹ cations. awning and new s igns for businesses housed in


cations. Current Condition


Lumber Yard

courtesy of Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum

Blank Facade |

Current Photograph

Parade Photograph

This 110 ft. long facade is located on Vashon Highway SW The building does not interact with or engage the public on in the downtown district. Currently the inside serves as a the street side, and is located in a prime location for use by storage area for the lumberyard in the back of the building. the community. There are two proposals for future utilization of the space.


courtesy of Michelle Stearns

Bacchus Lumber 1992


The short term solution is an outdoor art gallery which would showcase different local Vashon artists, and could serve as a localized spot to advertise galleries and art walks. The longer term solution is to convert the building into a kind of garage retail space, where the farmer’s market could occur during the winter. The space would open to the street via sliding glass doors, and the sidewalk area covered with a new awning for better weather protection for pedestrians. 47

110 ft. blank lumberyard fasad

Outdoor Art Gallery

woodworker’s market / winter market

Winter/Wood turner Market

Art Deco Facade |

9919 sw Bank Street



Existing This neglected Art Deco building sits near The Hardware Store and Red Bicycle Bistro; two island precedents for Art Deco Architecture. With the proposed program of an ice cream parlor and improvements to the adjoining alleyways, 9919 SW Bank Road can retain its character and add vitality to Vashon.


Furniture Design |


A Call For Artists

Vashon Island has a rich variety of furniture located in its city center. Constructed mainly of wood and steel, and designed in a myriad of styles from Art Nouveau to crafted wood techniques. In moving forward to provide more furniture where it

is needed, we identify the need for local artisan produced bike racks and bike locking stations. Tying together the tradition of the front porch and the craftsmanship of the existing benches, we are proposing new installations of porch swings.


We would like to ask artists around the community to design bike racks and porch swing installations to add to the beautiful collection of street furniture the island already has.





Main Street Micro-Forest Between Canopy and Ground What is a micro forest? A micro forest is the beginnings of a fully integrated town and country ecosystem. Micro forest starts small, building off of existing trees around main street. Incorporated with a pedestrian network, the forest

grows as the pedestrian network grows. Opportunities throughout the downtown to extend the pedestrian network include unused parking lot left overs, existing street planters, pedestrian bulb outs, 30 foot setbacks from intersections, no drive

zones and, selectively, individual parking spots. Looking at historic photos, and current technology, we can implement strategies to reincorporate the forest ground and the canopy.

“The Simple social intercourse created when people rub shoulders in public is one of the most essential kinds of social ‘glue’ in society.” 56

(A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander).

A. Existing sidewalks provide a harsh landscape for the pedestrians and could provide for an active and natural street life.






B. The parking lot interrupts the human scale of main street, and contributes to storm water management problems and non point source pollution. Looking at integrating the sidewalk and parking into one system to collect and ďŹ lter water, the ground can act as a tool of habitat repair. C. Existing street planters do not act as an connected habitat, and provide little ground water replenishment. Growing these spaces can provide for a micro forest and beginnings of a full ecosystem. D. Buildings are not set within landscape, instead they are surrounded by pavement. E. Crossing between sidewalk and street is unpredictable. 57

Connecting pedestrians and ecosystems brings beauty and variety to the town.






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Vashon Highway




Catering to the pedestrians and the local ecosystems will help to activate Vashon’s Main Street and rehabilitate a car oriented landscape.

1. Town Village The town village spans Vashon highway, connecting an enhanced farmers market park with a pedestrian oriented plaza, where current storefronts can work together to make a lively shopping and leisure space sheltered by the surrounding buildings and later, a large tree canopy, in direct contrast to the softscape, farmers market

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Bank Street

2. Bridge Giving a designated space for pedestrians to cross the highway is necessary for making an accessible public main street. 3. Island The island provides an archetype for current uninhabitable small parking lots, and acts as land recclamation for micro forest through the downtown. 4. Shore Bulb outs allow pedestrians to occupy space by the road while still feeling safe. This space also provides for ground cover.

5. Sea The sea manages the scale of the large commercial parking lot. Integrating pavers with the asphalt parking lot allows storm water management and creates pedestrian scale ground cover, scaling down the space down, and slowing the car down. 6. Dock Cars and buses connect to the pedestrian walkways, the one highlighted in yellow allows buses to move out of the way of trafďŹ c. 59

The town can act as a natural shelter for all island species.


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Vashon Highway





Ecology must play a role in the managing of our towns. Incorporating as many systems as possible adds to the complexity and vibrancy the main street. Canopy and ground restoration brings Vashon back into the landscape. 7. Craft Vashon’s vibrant artist community provides public art pieces as both community identity and to help delineate between street and sidewalk. 8. Pedestrian and Habitat The pedestrian islands act as ground

Bank Street

point for beginning habitat repair. Expanded upon over time, parking spaces could be selectively removed, and small parks and outdoor space could be grown.


and allow more of a ground habitat, as well as provide for repatriate drainage systems.

11. Prospect The farmers market park acts as a 9. Trees place of relief, with open space and Meant to provide shelter for both access to direct sun. animals and pedestrians, trees help 12. Refuge mitigate ground pollutants, and The second part of the main street naturally help to percolate water down pedestrian village allows refuge into the soil, acting as a source of from the street, and shelter from the ground water replacement. rain, while providing security and a 10. Planter hardscape pedestrian/car mixed use Existing planters can be expanded plaza. 61

Growing a Micro-forest within Main Street is a generational process.




Vashon Highway



13. Pavers Like plants, pavers allow ground water ďŹ ltration and percolation. Drainage is a major infrastructure issue within heavily paved areas, and an implementation of a gradient of pavers allows for a variety of ground



Bank Street

conditions, from heavy trafďŹ c parking lots, to open space for local plants creating a more sustainable condition.

14. Canopy Grown over time, the canopy can provide shelter from weather and result in beneďŹ ts to island sustainability.


15. Gravel A self bounding gravel paving alternative, which when lightly compacted, becomes much more sturdy under foot than loose gravel, but still allows rain to percolate through to the ground.


Proposed Design

Library Concert Bowl |

Performance Stage

Existing Site

Aerial View

Library Addition Existing Building Existing Stage Viewing opportunities Proposed Stage Existing Berm Vashon Stage is oriented to take advantage of the existing berm, maximize the audience’s viewing angles, and allow for additional viewing from the library reading room addition.

Site Diagram



Center Garage Building K2 Factory

Alexander Thomson Calvin Tandi | Coby Vardy

Center Garage Building |

Center Garage Building At the uniquely historical convergence of Vashon Hwy and Cemetery road, this garage building is currently surrounded by structures of similar building types and styles. A false storefront and horizontal siding helps to give this functional building type its identity. With an open plan and a good location, the center garage building has the opportunity to re-establish the identity of Center. Located directly across the street from the new Performing Arts Center, this modest structure has the ability to become a new use complimenting the PAC. Or it could return to its roots as a more industrial building type, servicing cars, boats or both. 68


Adaptive Reuse


Future Phase 1 - Restore large garage doors - Paint and ďŹ x siding - Landscape surrounding area - Replace windows on south side

Future Phase 2 - Install glass in door opening - Change use in response to surrounding area


K2 Factory | The K2 factory was built in a series of additions starting in 1961.

A current proposal called the K2 Commons converts the former K2 ski factory into a mixed use facility with a program centered on community health, recreation, and job creation.


From Factory to Campus



Possible Uses:

Artisan arc Nursery

Athletic Cl Center

Restauran product

Communit K2 Commons plan


Existing Photographs


South Entrance Perspective


Plan Diagram Proposal Make strategic cuts in the roof while allowing the existing structure to run through. Create “internal� pedestrian streets, oriented to address the primary parking areas.

Subdivide the one large building into a campus of linked smaller buildings.




Possible Uses: Atisan Business Artisan Arcade arcade / /Businesses Nursery Nursery

Athletic Club / Community / Community Athletic Club Center Center

Restaurant Restaurantand andLocal LocalFood. food


Community Health CommunityService service/ health

K2 Commons plan 0’ 20’ 50’ 0



100’ 100'

Watercistern cistern Water






Beall Greenhouse

Jayson Marley | Lisa Healy | Emily Andrews

Kviskik-Martindale Chicken House Barn Restaurant Vashon Farm Stands Island Center Forests Trail Head

Coby Vardy Michael Avellone Vy Nguyen Mackenzie Sims

Beall Greenhouses |

The Beall Company started on Vashon in 1880, and grew mostly roses and orchids until 1980 when it closed down due to high oil prices. Over its 100 years of business the family built 59 greenhouses, all of which used heat generated by oil burner to stay warm throughout the year.


History and Current Conditions

After the 1970’s oil crisis, oil prices skyrocketed and the Beall Greenhouses slowly closed down. Today the greenhouses have almost returned to their natural state as a forest. The current owners have renovated a barn, moved onto the site and have converted one building into artist studios.

Historical photos credited to Vashon-Maury Heritage Association


Timeline of Growth 2015

The ďŹ rst expansion to the site would include completely renovating the original greenhouses on the North East corner, and a building modern sustainable greenhouse on the adjacent spot. A solar farm in the center of the site would provide power. The artist studios would expand and an “Interpretive Pathâ€? would be built.



The second expansion would include 8 additional modern greenhouses for growing food for the market, as well as 2 more to supply those who live on the site. The interpretive path would be moved to areas that have not yet received renovations.


Agrarian Living Plots Solar Farms Modern Greenhouses Community Spaces Art Studios (Renovated) Water Treatment Farm Residence

The ďŹ nal expansion would include a larger solar farm to support the new agrarian living plots that outline the foundations of the old greenhouses. A grey water treatment plant would supply all the water for the site. A new community site would be built by restoring the old boiler house and turning it into a historical museum and park


Sustainable Growth Solar Energy Systems

Solar Energy, either solar thermal or solar voltaic, are viable options for heating the greenhouses or to supply electricity to the art studios and agrarian homes Solar Farms


Water Systems



3 1) Wastewater is collected from the surrounding site and put into a holding tank, where the black water is ďŹ ltered from solid waste 2) The grey water is ďŹ ltered through a series of natural wetlands, where carbon can restored and plants naturally clean the water 3) Recycled water can then be stored and used for irrigation of the plots and greenhouses, as well as drinking water Wetland filter Tanks UV Greenhouse Filter


Sustainable Greenhouses Insulated Glass, Plastic, or ETFE Foil Glazing

Extendable Thermal Blankets

Aero and Hydroponics Growing Beds

Thermal Mass (Water Tanks) Thermal Mass (Concrete Floor and Foundation)

Methods for Creating a Self Sustaining Greenhouse - Harness alternative energies, such as solar power or wind power - Use modern insulating glazing - Include thermal mass to absorb solar radiation 86

- Instead of soil, use aeroponics or hydroponics - Extendable thermal “blankets� can be used to keep in solar radiation

Operable Panels for Venting


Agrarian Living Agrarian Living allows residents to both live on their land as well as grow their own food. The cultivation patchwork of live/work gardens and micro farms each support a minimal footprint residence. For the Beall Greenhouses site, individual plots would be designated outlining the locations of the original greenhouses that once stood there preserving the historic layout of the site. Those who live on the site would farm their lot with small orchards, gardens, greenhouses, or even animal farms are all viable options. Agrarian living is a good option for the retired, people looking to live sustainably, or small scale artisan farmers.


Agrarian Living Plots


Interpretive Path and Art

After clearing some of the site with herds of goats, a movable Interpretive Path would be added to the site to allow visitors to experience the Greenhouses as they are now, as well learn the history, planned expansions, local art, and artifacts that remain from the original Beall Company


Artifact images thanks to Chuck and Nancy Hooper


Kvisvik-Martindale Farm |

Chicken House + Barn

Egg Farming was a signiďŹ cant agricultural activity in the early 20th century on Vashon Island. The KvisvikMartindale ranch contains one of the last remaining farmsteads from this time period. Noted for the length of its chicken house and the adjacent barn constructed in 1938. The two structures embody the Island’s agrarian culture and provide insight into the agriculture industry of the early 20th century. Site measurements, photographic surveys and archive research have been used to create drawings detailing their construction. Proposals to restore and re-purpose the two structures have been made, with the hope of assisting in the preservation of their place in history by revitalizing the present farmstead with feasible uses respectful of its history.



Kvisvik-Martindale Farm |


Chicken House






is 9.25 acres located in Vashon’s pastoral lands, an area historically settled by immigrants of Scandinavian ancestry. The poultry house was built in two phases in 1924 and 1927 and measures 200 feet long and 24 feet wide. The chicken house is the largest recorded poultry structure on the island.


The goal of this investigation is to preserve an important structure from Vashon’s agricultural history. The chicken house structure is indicative of the island’s early identity as a predominantly agrarian community. The drawings are a way to record construction, and set a starting point for renovation and repurposing of the structure. One considered option would be a full reconstruction of the structure to house artists’ live/work studios. This multi-unit live/work row house would provide an economic incentive to restore the original exterior configuration and appearance.


buttress detail

roof tie detail


Kvisvik-Martindale Farm |


Barn Restaurant

This new structure houses two compost toilets

Additions to the barn include photo voltaic panels and a rain water catchment system




Park your car or bike and follow the gravel path up to this seasonal restaurant. An off-thegrid operation uses solar and rain water harvesting, as well as raised garden beds and composting to create a hands on experience with food. Guests plant, pick and prep their meals with the help


of master chefs and gardeners. When ďŹ nished, the food waste is composted and used to fertilize the plants. The kitchen, located in the barn, uses solar panels on the roof and acquires water in rain barrels. Here food is participatory, a complete sustainable event.


Vashon Farm Stands

Painted plywood front piece

V 20”


Painted plywood back piece



Plexiglas that slides in between two wood pieces with 8 1/2” x 11” piece of paper attached on the back.

We propose a simple sign to display messages and prices of the produce, in order to draw attention to the produce and unite island farm stands into a network of local food distribution that also embeds cultural values. Plum Forest Farm

La Biondo Farm




Island Meadow Farm


“The structure would be constructed from reused/ reclaimed wood from buildings on the island� Proposed 106

Island Center Forest Trail Head |

103rd SW Street Entrance Island Center Forest is a 370acre working forest and nature preserve that is managed to demonstrate sustainable forest management while protecting and restoring the health of the site’s habit.


Friends of Island Center Forest are aiming for a welcoming presence at the new trail head and hope to create a space for people to meet as well as a beautiful trail marker. The committee would like to encourage pedestrian trafďŹ c from downtown and minimize vehicular trafďŹ c in the area near the Roseballen community. Design Approach: Create a gateway that is not only a passageway, but a place to meet, wait, and rest. The structure would be constructed from reused/ reclaimed wood from buildings on the island.

Island Center Forest Boundaries

Smaller versions of this gateway could be built at the other, small 107 trail entrances


Preliminary research into Vashons cultural and physical resources was synthesized in

a studio exercise to “design a bumper sticker that supports an existing island asset�

Press & Media


Storefront Studio project wraps up with lots of ideas for Vashon By LESLIE BROWN Vashon-Maury Island Editor Jun 05 2012


More than a dozen University of Washington students presented their visions for a revitalized Vashon Friday night, offering up proposals to restore historic structures, spruce up the town and provide visitors with a road map to the Island. The 13 UW students and their professor Jim Nicholls walked through each of the nearly 20 projects before a group of Islanders gathered at the Land Trust Building, describing a process of getting to know the Island better with each subsequent trip and working collaboratively to develop what Nicholls called “architecture in the public interest.” Two of the students even flew over Vashon in a helicopter so as to get a birds-eye view of the Island. The result of what’s called Storefront Studio, a collaboration between the UW’s College of Built Environments and King County, is now hanging at The Hardware Store Restaurant for the month of June — a display that Nicholls hopes will inspire the Vashon Chamber of Commerce, shop owners, property owners and citizen activists to take some initiative and seek some grants.

A book of the students’ work will also be published. “It doesn’t take much,” he said of some of the projects. Noting that several people in the audience seemed excited about various proposals, he added, “I’m hoping that people will champion an idea.” Julie Koler, the county’s historic preservation officer who was also at Friday’s gathering, said a low-interest loan fund will likely soon be in place to help Vashon and other parts of King County revitalize their communities. “We’re really committed to realizing as many of these projects as we can,” she said. The projects ran the gamut from remarkably ambitious to modest and straightforward. One proposal that seemed to garner interest at Friday night’s gathering, for instance, was the creation of artistic or fanciful bike racks in town. “We noticed that there weren’t many bike-locking stations,” said Lisa Healy, one of the students. “And those that do exist are very utilitarian.” “This is something you could do tomorrow,” Nicholls chimed in. “You don’t need a lot of money. You don’t need anyone’s permission.” Another student, Covy Vardy, suggested a modification of Dick Sontgerath’s ambitious plans to redevelop K2. His ideas are great,

Vardy said, as Sontgerath sat in the audience, smiling. “It just feels so big and overwhelming,” he added. Vardy suggested that the building be cut in half and that the site be “transformed into more of a campus.” The old hallways, he added, “could become outdoor rows, which would be awesome.” One of the most ambitious proposals entailed dredging the isthmus between Maury and Vashon islands, enabling kayakers to pass from Tramp Harbor into Quartermaster Harbor and allowing Quartermaster to more fully flush and experience tidal action. And another project centered on the old Portage Store, where a student suggested the installation of a restaurant. “It’s an incredible waterfront property,” Nicholls said. At least one project, however, didn’t make the final cut. County officials had asked the students to look at VAA’s proposed performing arts center and try to determine a way to make it fit in more fully with the historic neighborhood at Center — so one of Nicholls’ students suggested modifying the front of the building, adding a porch to the towering, glass-fronted entrance. But at an open house at Movie Magic last month, Nicholls said, he heard from VAA’s Molly Reed and Angela Luechtefeld that the design was too far along to incorporate changes of such magnitude and that the design team was intentionally seeking a more modern statement. So he decided to

nix it, he said. “We were hoping to do something that was helpful. We had a fresh set of eyes, and we knew the community wasn’t particularly happy with how the building fit at the corner … so we kind of naively thought we could help out,” Nicholls said. But he now believes he and his team acted prematurely and should have brought VAA “into the conversation sooner.” He opted to cut the project from the collection on his volition, he added. “I didn’t want a lot of good ideas eclipsed by one contentious one,” he said. The result of the students’ work, he added, is an interesting collection of proposals that he believes already has strong community support. “They all have a basis in trying to support Vashon. None are crazy, outthere ideas based on a whim or fancy that a student had … All came from the community,” he said. Christie True, director of the county’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks, said she hopes some of the ideas take off. “The whole point of this was to pique people’s interest and get their imagination going,” she said. The Storefront Studio project will be on display at The Hardware Store Restaurant through June. To obtain more information or to get a copy of the students’ book, contact Jim Nicholls at

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Mackenzie Sims Alexander Thomson Emily Andrews Nishant Jacob Vy Nguyen David Kim Brandon Weyrick Michael Avellone Cory Nestor Lisa Healy Coby Vardy Calvin Tandi Jayson Marley

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Book Editors: Mackenzie Sims Vy Nguyen Cover Art: Brandon Weyrick Project Icons: Emily Andrews Process/Goals Page: Michael Avellone

Instructor: Jim Nicholls

Photo Credit to Todd Scott

Photo Credit to Todd Scott




Special Thank You to the Following Individuals and Organizations

Angela Luechtefeld Bob Seifold Brian Brenno Brian Hilderbrand Brian Rich Bruce Haulman Camp Sealth Claire Dohna David Kimmett Debi Richards Dick Sontgerath Duane Dietz Friends of Island Center Forest Holly Taylor Jackie Merrill John Stamets Keith Putnam Kurt Timmermeister Mary Lynn Buss Melinda Sontgerath Merrilee Runyan Michelle Stearns Molly Reed Nancy and Charles Hooper Nancy Dierks Natalie Sheard Prascilla Schleigh Snapdragon Restaurant The Hardware Store Restaurant Tom Dean Tom Langland Vashon Island Chamber of Commerce Vashon Island Growers Association Vashon Island Tile Guild Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association

Vashon Storefront Studio 2012  

This year the studio on Vashon Island is an investigation into the revitalization of the historic core of Vashon Island. The students initia...

Vashon Storefront Studio 2012  

This year the studio on Vashon Island is an investigation into the revitalization of the historic core of Vashon Island. The students initia...