Expanding Opportunities for Collaboration: MIG, Inc., and The Portico Group Join!

SEATTLE, WA, January 9, 2017—MIG, Inc., a Berkeley-based, multidisciplinary planning and design firm and Seattle-based The Portico Group (Portico) have joined forces.

MIG brings an extensive and progressive practice in landscape architecture, urban planning and design, environmental planning, civil engineering, communications, technology and community engagement. Portico expands MIG’s capacity in architecture, landscape architecture, and exhibit and interpretive design for museums, zoos, botanical gardens and aquariums. 

In welcoming Portico to the MIG family, Daniel Iacofano Ph.D., FAICP, FASLA, MIG’s Founding Principal and CEO said, 

“Portico fits right in with our community and culture. During our partnerships on many successful projects over the years, we realized that our firms have great people who share the same passion for collaboration, an inclusive approach to planning and design, and hands-on personal service—with a focus on providing the best solutions for clients.” 

Alissa Rupp, AIA, Portico’s president and CEO continued: 

“Portico shares MIG’s passion for collaboration and innovation. We believe our clients change the world for the better every day, and we are honored to assist each of them as they fulfill their mission and implement their vision. Our complementary portfolios reinforce our place-based approach to design –we both seek to strengthen communities and help our clients thrive and excel.” 

MIG brings a strong West Coast presence with offices from Seattle to San Diego, as well as Denver, San Antonio and New York. From the MIG | Portico office in downtown Seattle, the staff of architects, landscape architects and exhibit designers will continue serving clients in the public realm, working closely with MIG colleagues in Seattle and across the country.

Iacofano concluded: 
“Our world and society are changing rapidly and profoundly. To tackle the challenges, MIG has assembled a team of nimble thinkers and insightful leaders whose defining philosophy is optimism. We’re exploring and expanding the boundaries of environmental design, bringing the science of ecosystems and human behavior together to solve pressing problems. We are excited and fortunate to have Portico’s very talented group of design professionals as part of MIG, and we will continue our joint legacy of award-winning work.”

About MIG, Inc.
Since it was founded in 1982, MIG has focused on planning, designing and sustaining environments that support human development. The company embraces inclusivity and encourages community and stakeholder participation in all of its projects. For each endeavor — in planning, design, management, communications, science or technology — MIG’s approach is strategic, context-driven and holistic, addressing social, political, economic and physical factors to ensure communities achieve the results they want.

About The Portico Group
The Portico Group specializes in the design of spaces for conservation, research, interpretation and informal education. With professional staff including architects, landscape architects, exhibit designers and interpretive planners, they work with clients who create opportunities to connect people to nature and culture in meaningful ways. Founded in 1984, Portico provides master planning, programming and design for museums, zoos, aquariums, cultural centers, parks and botanical gardens around the world. 

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Quick Facts

MIG, Inc., and The Portico Group (Portico) joined forces in January 2017 to form MIG | Portico.

The two design firms, each with 30 years of experience, have partnered on many successful projects over the years and share the same passion for collaborative planning and design to create inclusive play and learning experiences for children, youth and families. 

MIG has a strong and progressive practice in urban planning and design, environmental planning and science, civil engineering, landscape architecture, communications, technology and community engagement. 

Portico provides master planning, programming, design and construction observation for museums, zoos, aquariums, cultural centers, parks and botanical gardens around the world. 

About a year ago, SvR Design—a landscape architecture, applied ecology and civil engineering firm—joined MIG to form MIG | SvR and establish MIG’s first Seattle office.

MIG | Portico will maintain its current Seattle office while collaborating closely with MIG colleagues in Seattle and across the country.

Our Next Chapter: SvR Merges with MIG

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Clients--

We are excited to share that SvR Design Company has joined the Berkeley-based, multi-disciplinary planning and design firm MIG, Inc.  SvR’s 32 person staff of landscape architects, planners and civil engineers will become the Seattle office of MIG, which has over 175 staff members across a dozen offices up and down the West Coast and in New York, North Carolina and Denver.

Our goal has always been to help our clients by delivering high-value solutions to complex challenges in the built environment. So when we began searching for a home for SvR's next round of evolution, MIG immediately rose to the top of our list as the best strategic position to better serve our clients and their communities. MIG's depth of capabilities, philosophy, leadership team and compassion immediately resonated with us, and we saw tremendous potential to better serve our clients across a range of market sectors with MIG’s extensive portfolio of projects and personnel.

Your interactions with our staff should not change. All of our current team members will remain in the SvR | MIG Seattle office. Each of SvR's Managing Principals will become Principals at MIG, and we look forward to bringing a fresh voice to MIG as we continue to deliver places and infrastructure that work for people and the environment.

Our commitment to serving our Northwest community remains as strong as ever. Over the coming months, we are very excited to introduce our clients and collaborators to the additional services MIG can provide for them. You can learn more about MIG here.

-Peg, Tom and Dave

Fitting It All In: RHA's Kirkland Avenue Townhomes

by Patty Buchanan

What do you get when you add 18 residential units, 18 parking spaces, mature existing trees, a community garden, 18-foot building set-backs, three frontages, a network of site walkways and private patios? I bet you wouldn’t guess that you get a fully accessible landscape with a network of pervious pavements, native sustainable plantings, a site fully mitigated by a system of low impact development/green infrastructure techniques, in addition to all the usual requirements for above- and under-ground infrastructure, including water, sewer, storm, electrical, and pedestrian and street lighting. Oh, yes, and affordable housing for 18 families.

This site is owned by Renton Housing Authority who believes that the environment, in addition to the housing they provide to their residents, is just as important. So, when we were presented with such a small site--it’s only 0.83 acres (36,500 sf)--that needed to serve so many needs, we knew that every square-foot would need to be accounted for and provide multiple services. This is where many of our low impact development and green infrastructure approaches really shine. For example, in order to control the amount of impervious surface on site, we designed all of our site walkways and parking lots to be pervious concrete, serving to provide accessibility throughout the site and helping to control stormwater by allowing stormwater to pass through and infiltrate into the native soils while also reducing the impervious surfaces total area.

RHA’s Kirkland Avenue Townhomes (KAT) is the beginning of a major housing replacement and neighborhood redevelopment effort between RHA and the City of Renton's Sunset neighborhood. The new residents are the first to be relocated out of their previous units (only a few blocks away) where demolition of old buildings are already underway. KAT represents a unique partnership between RHA and the City where the green infrastructure techniques used for the site and right-of-way were allowed to cross the public-private boundary so that codes and goals could be met for all parties. SvR (civil and landscape architects for KAT) worked closely with RHA and City staff to demonstrate that by using the network of green and low impact development techniques across the site and in the planter strip of the right-of-way, stormwater from the site and the streets would be fully mitigated for water quality and flow control.

KAT demonstrates how the integration of and the multipurpose nature of sustainable approaches to site design and stormwater manage can provide a means for fitting more into a small site. KAT represents a win for all stakeholders, but especially for the families that live there and will benefit from high quality affordable housing set in a fully sustainable, beautifully landscaped environment.