E10-02 Yakutat Senior Center

E10-02 Yakutat



Yakutat, Alaska

Client - "Capture  the view of Monti Bay and the mountains beyond, bring us a flexible design, with low maintenance, and the lowest operating costs possible"                   

Waas'eita Shaa Hít - “House of Mt. St. Elias” Yakutat Community building is 6,150 square feet of very efficient space planning and will serve the widely varied needs of this remote community. The commercial kitchen, lounge, exercise and media room, surround the central dining and public activity room. The business areas include service and maintenance access, 2 offices (or possible exam rooms) and two apartments. The building is designed for future addition and additions of regional artifacts and artwork.  

The site is spectacular with sweeping north views, yet physically accessed directly from the center of the community. The building is orientated for views of Monti Bay and Mt. St. Elias from the dining hall and covered deck.

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11-07 Toppenish Depot


Toppenish, WA


Traho Architects P.S. completed the construction, funded by a Federal Transportation Enhancement Grant.  This grant to the Yakima Valley Rail and Steam Museum Association went toward the needed rehabilitation list for the Northern Pacific Railway Depot in Toppenish. The list of repairs were evaluated and required to meet with historical accuracy of the 1911 original construction. A master list of priorities focused on repair of the eaves; soffits; articulated cornice with integral gutters; reconstruction of missing roof dormers; barrier-free accessibility; soffit and attic ventilation. Typical with construction and specifically historical projects, the project could not achieve all of the renovation goals. The roofing had to match the original dark gray slate.

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02-23 Harman Center


Yakima, WA

The project was initiated when the City of Yakima, Department of Parks and Recreation, in partnership with a private donor, contracted with Traho Architects to provide full architectural services for the new facility and its related site development.

The 16,000 square foot, single-story Center, with an emphasis on senior programs, houses classrooms for computer, exercise and craft activities; a health clinic area; administrative offices; a divisible public meeting space with a dance floor fronting a trellised patio opening into Gailleon Park; a large commercial kitchen; and a pool room. The lobby includes a coffee bar area with book reading furnishings on one side of the 18' high, see-through masonry fireplace with a social seating area on the other side.

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06-05 YWCA Yakima


Three phases of construction have completed the YWCA's conversion of a former boarding home (1965) and skilled nursing facility (1955) into a 15-unit / 45-bed emergency shelter for domestic violence victims and 16 units of transitional housing for the same population – the first in Yakima County. Associated service space and administrative offices are included, as are two secured, outdoor courtyards for resident use. The existing building was well suited to the need for multiple resident rooms with adjacent private bathrooms.

Environmental Reviews – Full environmental review was required by the funding agencies including a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment. Hazardous materials inspection reports were followed by mitigation. The SEPA Checklist was completed by Traho Architects.

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08-13 Capitol Theatre

Capitol Theatre

Yakima, WA

The historical Capitol Theatre has undergone a significant expansion whose aim is to boost the downtown renaissance of Yakima by creating a new arts based campus and redefining the emotional and economic heart of the city.

The City of Yakima and Capitol Theatre board approved constructing a second, black box, theatre venue and upgrading the back of house production spaces. A major underground utilities relocation project preceded the start of the Production Addition. Possible future plans include remodeling the neighboring Wilson Building to house a box office, lobby, administrative offices and a Board/Community room and transforming a full block of North Fourth Street into a pedestrian plaza that would essentially become a new town square.

The projects all involved careful scheduling as the Capitol Theatre and adjacent buildings and streets remained operational during demolition and construction.

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