Multi-Family Housing

Shorewood Tower
Vancouver, Washington

This 18-story, 178,000 square foot condominium tower was designed for a site along the historic Columbia River Gorge in the Pacific Northwest. The 275-foot high building affords views down the Gorge with Mt. Hood in the distance, and offers panoramic views of Portland, Oregon as well as downtown Vancouver. Eleven unigue unit plans range from 1,800 to 7,500 square feet. Each floor plate is broken into three sections to allow for dramatic interiors with floor level changes. This landmark site demanded a landmark design response. The conceptual design for the project evolved through our consideration of the totem pole as representing the origins of true Northwest Style. The western facade represents brave sentinel standing guard over the Gorge with feathered headdress and five-story breastplate.

Shorewood TowerVancouver, Washington

Shorewood Tower
Vancouver, Washington

The easterly facade represents a Native American maiden, wife of the sentinel on the west wide, who scans the fertile valleys of Central Washington. To her right, a tower representing an Anglo woodsman peers out over the river, keeping a watchful eye on the forests of North Central Oregon and Mt. Hood. Together they offer strength, comfort and prosperity, symbolizing unity among once-disparate peoples.

Shorewood TowerVancouver, Washington

Green Diamond Tower
Bellevue, Washington

Principal Architect Randal Ehm is seeking to develop this project in downtown Bellevue. This 128-unit luxury condominium tower is oriented to ensure view preservation in anticipation of future development in the Downtown Core. The units offer sweeping views of Lake Washington and downtown Seattle to the West, Mt. Baker to the north, the Cascade Mountains to the east and Mt. Rainier to the south. With a ground-floor upscale restaurant and multi-colored glass the structure will become a prominent feature on the Bellevue skyline from northbound Interstate 405.

Green Diamond TowerBellevue, Washington

Shorewood Condominiums
Vancouver, Washington

This 82-unit luxury condominium project was designed as a mid-rise alternative to Shorewood Tower, on the same site. The bluff-top property overlooks the Columbia River, and has panoramic views of Portland, downtown Vancouver, the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood. Project amenities include a rooftop pool, spa and outdoor kitchen, a Fitness Center and meeting rooms. The building design includes a subterranean parking garage with personal storage space.

Shorewood CondominiumsVancouver, Washington

Shorewood Condominiums
Vancouver, Washington

This eye-level view of the northeastern corner shows the sawtooth design on the east facade, which maximizes views of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge.

Shorewood CondominiumsVancouver, Washington

Shorewood Condominiums
Vancouver, Washington

The image depicts the south facade view from State Highway 14.

Shorewood CondominiumsVancouver, Washington

Vancouver Place
Vancouver, Washington

We designed this 40-unit condominium building as part of a mixed-use development in Vancouver, Washington. The building sits above a podium which consists of a two-story parking structure. A 16,000 square foot grocery store anchors the block, which is within walking distance of the downtown core.

Vancouver PlaceVancouver, Washington

Vancouver Place
Vancouver, Washington

The wave-form courtyard design affords views from each unit to the surrounding neighborhood and the downtown Portland skyline in the distance. A heated pool and spa enhance the courtyard, which has a deck and outdoor cooking/dining facilities.

Vancouver PlaceVancouver, Washington

Bayfront Village
Chula Vista, California

Bayfront Village will become a vital, transit-oriented extension of the Bayfront Trolley Station in Chula Vista. This project embraces the ideals of Smart Growth as developed by the Urban Land Institute, and incorporates the provisions of the Metropolitan Transit District’s Transit Oriented Development Guidelines. This project will enhance and bring new residents to the neighborhood with townhomes, live-work lofts and apartments. The project will be connected to Bayfront Trolley Station by a linear park, and will feature landscape elements, lighting and site furnishings to provide a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere. Amenities include two retail buildings with apartments above, a Community Center with Child Care and joint-use meeting rooms, a public playfield and common recreational areas. Townhomes with streetside stoops will greatly enhance the project frontage along tree-lined Woodlawn Avenue, while parking access will be provided through a cobblestone alley with trees and lamp posts between the two townhome buildings. Live / work lofts will foster daytime activity, adding security at a time when many residents will be away from the site at work.

Bayfront VillageChula Vista, California

Morena Quarter Village
San Diego, California

This 6-acre transit-oriented development was designed for a competition through the Metropolitan Transit Development Board. The project features a 16,800 square foot grocery and drug store, a 7,800 square foot upscale restaurant, a 4,000 square foot microbrewery and grill with 4,000 square feet of second-floor office space, a 6,000 square foot retail building and a 2,000 square foot community center with roof deck above the restaurant. Sidewalk cafes are located adjacent to all restaurant uses, promoting interaction between visitors and residents of the development. The design features a modest bandshell at the transportation hub in the center of the site, with cable-stayed canvas forms providing shade for social activities and civic functions. Promoting transit ridership is a four-story, 110-unit apartment complex built over parking and above the existing trolley station. This structure is split at the center to preserve views from the site to the Presidio, one of California’s historic missions that is perched on a bluff overlooking the property.

Morena Quarter VillageSan Diego, California

Summit Mission Bay Apartments
San Diego, California

This 324-unit apartment project was partially funded by HUD through a grant, as the majority of tenants were involved in the Section 8 program. In addition to reroofing all 24 buildings and refinishing the interior and replacing all fixtures of the apartments, we upgraded the existing stucco exterior with a two-color pattern, added trellis structures and provided new ornamental window trim details. We also renovated all existing balcony decks and replaced the existing railings to enhance the appearance of the entire project.

Summit Mission Bay Apartments San Diego, California

Lakefront Village
Lake Charles, Louisiana

20-acre waterfront development

Lakefront VillageLake Charles, Louisiana

Lakefront Village
Lake Charles, Louisiana

Paseo between buildings

Lakefront VillageLake Charles, Louisiana

Surprise Mixed-Use
Surprise, Arizona

160-unit apartment complex with 10,000 square feet of retail and 200-car parking structure.

Surprise Mixed-UseSurprise, Arizona

West Isle Townhomes
New Providence Island, Nassau, Bahamas

We designed this 18-unit townhome project in 2004, for a developer on Cable Beach.

West Isle TownhomesNew Providence Island, Nassau, Bahamas

The Point Structures
Worldwide

Principal Architect Randal Ehm designed the world's only Modern. modular tipi, at the request of the late American Indian Activist Russell Means. The lightweight structures are constructed of composite products, including high-strength plastic, fiberglass and rigid insulation. They are fully resistant to mold growth, they are highly energy-efficient, they are aerodynamic and they are easily assembled and disassembled for relocation, if necessary. Mr. Ehm's patent is pending.

The Point StructuresWorldwide

The Point Structures
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota

Randal joined with the late Russell Means to hold several fundraisers for the TREATY Total Immersion School. Through his unique, modular tipi system, Mr. Ehm intends to dedicate a portion of the proceeds from sale and erection of the tipis to help fund the TREATY Total Immersion School for the Lakota Sioux Indian people. At a fundraiser in Manhattan, we secured funding for construction of the first tipi prototype, which is being used as a classroom building for the TREATY School in Porcupine, South Dakota.

The Point StructuresPine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota

D'Evolve
New Orleans, Louisiana

Our entry in the Global Green Competition for New Orleans was focused on utilization of Randal Ehm’s fiberglass housing unit. The initial product, which is in the form of an Indian tipi, was developed for Russell Means . Mr. Means co-founded the American Indian Movement in the 1970’s. This proposal suggests incorporation of buoyant hulls into the design of the homes, so that in a flood the homes would not flood and could be retrieved if dislodged from their anchorages. In this design scheme, modular tipis serve as the single-family residential component. The apartment and community center structures are designed utilizing the existing tipi forms as building corners, with new straight panels designed to create the larger building enclosures. This entry is being exhibited in New Orleans, New York and Washington DC as part of Global Green’s public awareness campaign on sustainable design and green building principles. The tipi project is currently in the patenting process, with the prototype now complete on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

D'EvolveNew Orleans, Louisiana

Carlsbad Beach Estates
Carlsbad, California

This 10-lot subdivision is located on a bluff near the Pacific Ocean. The infill project is reflective of Smart Growth guidelines, as it is near a transit hub and achieves medium densities in a residential neighborhood without significantly impacting neighboring homes.

Carlsbad Beach EstatesCarlsbad, California

Mesa Valle
San Marcos, California

This 40-unit tract housing project was designed in 1999 and built in 2000. The project features three basic floor plans with two exterior variations each, ranging from a 1,600 square foot one-story plan to two-story plans of 2,200 and 2,400 square feet, respectively, Each of the homes has sweeping views of the nearby Laguna Mountains.

Mesa ValleSan Marcos, California

Sandy Point
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California

This 45-unit tract housing project was designed in 1984. The project features three basic floor plans with three exterior variations each, ranging from a 1,700 square foot one-story plan to two-story plans of 2,600 and 3,200 square feet, respectively. The development on a bluff has sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and San Elijo Lagoon.

Sandy PointCardiff-by-the-Sea, California

Canyon Crest
San Diego, California

This 12-unit tract housing project was designed in 1984. The project features three basic floor plans with two exterior variations each, ranging from a 1,700 square foot one-story plan to two-story plans of 2,200 and 2,400 square feet, respectively. The infill development is in Southeastern San Diego.

Canyon CrestSan Diego, California

Florida Street Apartments
San Diego, California

This 13-unit apartment project was designed for developer Sam Elihu in 1988. The project features stacked flats and townhome units ranging from 900 to 1,500 square feet. Built over subterranean parking, this urban infill project utilizes increased densities allowed within the Mid-City Planned District, due to its proximity to transit nodes along University Avenue. Amenities include an outdoor barbeque area on an elevated platform, which is oriented toward views of the Laguna Mountains.

Florida Street ApartmentsSan Diego, California

BackLot Live-Work Lofts
Burbank, California

This 10-unit urban redevelopment project is helping define what the City of Burbank considers to be an Exceptional Project. All ground floor retail units are connected to living units above and sold as single condos. Rear decks off of the alley are to be shared with the community for special events. The design concept is an abstraction of dilapidated old brick movie studios, with the stiped stainless tell deck railings designed to represent film cans. Both pay homage to the strong local film and television industry. The project features multiple levels of green roof, allowing food production onsite and responding strongly to the environment.

BackLot Live-Work LoftsBurbank, California

BackLot Live-Work Lofts
Burbank, California

View of the south western entrance to ground-floor retail, with units above featuring large covered decks.

BackLot Live-Work LoftsBurbank, California

BackLot Live-Work Lofts
Burbank, California

Southwest view showing the easterly common decks for resident interaction. Parking is located below the second floor in the rear two-thirds of the building footprint.

BackLot Live-Work LoftsBurbank, California

BackLot Live-Work Lofts
Burbank, California

This elevated view shows the garage entrance, the common "green" roof decks with landscaping, and the north-facing units at right.

BackLot Live-Work LoftsBurbank, California

BackLot Live-Work Lofts
Burbank, California

Along the north elevation, Penthouses are visible which serve four of the upper units. A brick stair and elevator tower is at right.

BackLot Live-Work LoftsBurbank, California