Washington Fruit & Produce Co.

The design awards continue for Washington Fruit & Produce Co. headquarters in Yakima. The structure has received a 2018 National AIA Institute Honor Award.

Graham Baba Architects of Seattle, which designed the 16,500-square-foot headquarters at 1111 River Road, announced the award Wednesday.

“The 2018 Architecture program celebrates the best contemporary architecture regardless of budget, size, style or type,” notes the American Institute of Architects website, www.aia.org. “These stunning projects show the world the range of outstanding work architects create and highlight the many ways buildings and spaces can improve our lives.”

Completed in 2016, Washington Fruit’s L-shaped office complex uses a limited material palette and displays a natural patina to celebrate its natural surroundings.

Board-formed concrete site walls and earthen berms wrap the perimeter to form a central landscaped courtyard, project summaries have noted. Views throughout the complex are directed inward to the courtyard or upward to nearby basalt formations and the geography of distant hills.

Lead architect Brett Baba, a Yakima native who graduated from Eisenhower High School in 1973, has said he was inspired by an aging barn on the road to Naches.

AIA jurors said the project “sits on the landscape beautifully and creates space for meaningful community.” They also appreciate its owners’ commitment to creating a “respite from the industrial environment,” according to information about the project award on the AIA website.

Washington Fruit’s headquarters also has won several other awards including the AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Honor Award, Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award and Architizer A+ Award.

Graham Baba Architects also designed Cowiche Canyon Kitchen + Ice House in downtown Yakima, which has won several design awards as well.

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