General Architectural Information

It is our desire to provide general information which will be of interest and assistance to all who are involved in some phase of architecture.  Whether read by a contractor, property owner, commercial building owner, or fellow architect, the information contained herein should be of value.

 

Links of General Interest

JLC Online - The interactive information resource for builders and remodelers,
from The Journal of Light Construction

Cyburbia (formerly called PAIRC - The Planning and Architecture Internet Resource Center) contains a comprehensive directory of Internet resources relevant to planning, architecture, urbanism and other topics related to the built environment. Cyburbia also contains information about architecture and planning related mailing lists and Usenet newsgroups, and hosts several interactive message areas.

The Construction Specifications Institute is a must visit for all involved in the construction field.   This site contains a wealth of information of value to anyone who has questions about the construction industry.

Residential Architect Online is a wonderful web site to visit for those designing their own home or beginning the new home process.  There are articles from across the entire WWW, as well as articles drawn from their own magazine.

Remodeling Online is a website designed for the home remodeler.  There are many helpful features here, such as a kitchen and bath portfolio, and a virtual tour of their project home.

 

Links to Areas of Legal Interest

RCW/WAC Searches - There are multiple places online to search the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and the Washington Administrative Codes (WAC).   The best source we have found is at the Washington State Legislature website.

Land Use Issues - When building in the State of Washington, there are many land use issues to consider.  We have found links of interest for issues such as The Shorelines Management Act, Wetland Mitigation Banking, and The Wetlands Regulation Guidebook at the Shorelands and Wetlands website.   There are also many other useful links at the Washington State Department of Ecology website.

Accessibility Issues - When dealing with accessibility issues and barrier-free construction, it is best to consult the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines, and check the applicable Washington State Building Codes at the Washington State Building Code Council website.

 

Links to Local Governments

State of Washington Website - The official website if the State of Washington.

Grays Harbor County Website - "Grays Harbor County is Washington State's gateway to the Pacific Ocean and the Olympic Peninsula".  This is the official web site for the government of Grays Harbor County.

Pacific County Website - "Pacific County is located in the Southwest Corner of Washington State. Pacific County is bordered on the West by the Pacific Ocean, on the North by Grays Harbor County, on the East by Lewis County and on the South by Wahkiakum County."  This is the official web site for the government of Pacific County.

City of Aberdeen Website - "The City of Aberdeen is located on the southern edge of the Olympic Peninsula at the convergence of the Wishkah and Chehalis Rivers. The history of this area has been driven by the logging and fishing industries, although in the last few years there has been a concerted effort to replace these with an emphasis on tourism and designating Aberdeen as the largest retail center on the Washington Coast."  This is the official web site for the City of Aberdeen.

City of Hoquiam Website - "Hoquiam is located on the west coast of  Washington just a few miles from Pacific beaches.  Visitors to our city are always made to feel welcome as they enjoy the history, activities, and nature our friendly little community has to offer. "  This is the official site for the City of Hoquiam

City of Westport Website - "Westport, WA is located at the mouth of Grays Harbor on the southernmost peninsula known as Point Chehalis. The area was in regular use as a summer resort by local Native American tribes before Thomas Barker Speake and his family, the first white settlers, arrived early in the summer of 1857.  Today, Westport with a population of 2056 still relies on fishing, shellfish harvesting, seafood processing and tourism for much of its livelihood. More recently, boat building has also become an important part of Westport's economic base."

City of Montesano Website - "The City of Montesano is the county seat of Grays Harbor County, Washington, with a population of 3,700.  Montesano is located approximately 10 miles east of Aberdeen and 40 miles west of Olympia, providing close proximity to hospitals, colleges, shopping, and recreation.  Montesano is conveniently situated as the gateway to Washington's pristine coastal beaches and the scenic Olympic Peninsula."

City of Ocean Shores Website - "Our residents and visitors enjoy some of the finest beaches in Washington State, beautiful and secluded old growth woodland areas virtually untouched by anything but the resident animal life and nature lovers, excellent dining in a wide assortment of cuisines, a wide variety of Churches, a local Medical Clinic, a highly rated school system, restful public parks, fresh water lakes for fishing and water sports and of course lots of shops and specialty stores. Regular events and festivals bring plenty of exciting and interesting people to Ocean Shores."

 

Links to Professional and Licensing Organizations

AIA Online - The website of the American Institute of Architects.  Contains a searchable database of AIA Architects.

Department of Labor & Industries Contractor Database - State of Washington's database of registered Construction Contractors and Plumbers, licensed Electrical Contractors and certified Electricians.

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards is a non-profit federation of 55 state and territory architectural registration boards in the United States. As part of its mission to develop professional standards, the Council manages the following services for interns and architects

Washington State Department of Licensing - The web site for Driver's, Vehicle, Vessel, Business, and Professional Licensing.

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