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Mithun | Goodwill


Title: Goodwill Job Training and Education Center

Project: Seattle, WA

Firm: Mithun

Summary: On a site in the transitional Little Saigon neighborhoods, Seattle Goodwill Industries runs the nation’s most popular and highest grossing thrift shop in the country.  In 2012, the non-profit built a new Job Training and Education Center in order to support their core mission of providing free job training and education services to those in need.  Mithun’s design seeks to create a relaxing and welcoming pedestrian experience on a corner dominated by vehicles.  Important to both the site and building design is the preservation of the large Bartram Oak on Dearborn Street, designated as an Exceptional Tree by the City.  Additionally, by using a variety of Green Stormwater Infrastructure systems, the site holds almost 100% of the rainwater runoff on site-normal for a forest, but unique for an urban site.  During a heavy storm the rainwater runoff will be reduced by approximately 80%.  The raingardens highlight a number of native and adapted plants; creating habitat and a tranquil setting for the Goodwill staff and students.