Mass timber is bringing the warmth of wood to the workplace

Many of Puget Sound’s most beloved buildings were born from our rugged site and climatic conditions. Notable Northwest architects Paul Thiry, Wendell Lovett and Paul Hayden Kirk developed the architectural language of Northwest Regionalism, favoring locally harvested wood and stone that echoed the forested landscape and framed vistas of our mountains and waterways. Continue reading “Mass timber is bringing the warmth of wood to the workplace”

Congratulations to Tanya Kataria for being appointed to the Edmonds Citizens’ Housing Commission

Join us in congratulating Tanya Kataria for being appointed to the Edmonds Citizens’ Housing Commission! She is one of fifteen Commissioners to be selected out of 135 applications to be appointed by City Council members. This new task force will work to develop diverse housing policies to expand the range of housing (rentals and owned) available in Edmonds by 2020. Continue reading “Congratulations to Tanya Kataria for being appointed to the Edmonds Citizens’ Housing Commission”

Back to School: Designing Housing for Today’s Students

Long gone are the days when student housing was synonymous with run-down, dilapidated, and mis-managed apartments.  Students today are demanding extra amenities that will enhance their living experience, making today’s student housing model very similar to traditional market rate apartments. While student housing is aligning more closely with market rate apartments, there are some key differences in the amenities and services that students find desirable and can have a significant impact on a project’s success. Continue reading “Back to School: Designing Housing for Today’s Students”

It’s All In The Details: Our Solis Passive House Project Aces Its First Test

Countless hours of hard work, collaboration and dedication to building an ultra-energy efficient multifamily Passive House project have paid off. Solis, our project located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, recently hit a very important milestone: it aced its preliminary air barrier test! Continue reading “It’s All In The Details: Our Solis Passive House Project Aces Its First Test”

WT Practice: Spreadsheets in the Afternoon

I spent a happy afternoon last week benchmarking Weber Thompson against the PSMJ national financial metric survey. I realize that might not sound like fun to a lot of people, but I keep it in perspective. There are a lot of people here at WT who get super excited when they figure out the shoreline overlay codes. To me, spreadsheets seem like a snap in comparison. Continue reading “WT Practice: Spreadsheets in the Afternoon”

Jumping into the school year with YWCA’s Annual School Days Program

The school year for Seattle public schools began on Wednesday, September 4th. While kiddos across town may have mixed feelings with the warm weather still belying summer and freedom, the anticipation for seeing friends and checking out their new classes is palpable. For parents, there is the requisite trip (or evening of online shopping) for fresh school clothes and school supplies. Here in King County we are reminded that this is not always a given nor an easy or fun experience for the many children and teens who live in emergency shelters, transitional or supportive housing. Continue reading “Jumping into the school year with YWCA’s Annual School Days Program”