Arbora Court: A dream decades in the making begins to come true

A little over three years ago, Bellwether Housing invited Weber Thompson to partner in the design and development of a piece of land owned by University Christian Church (UCC). In collaboration with Compass Alliance Housing, Bellwether Housing has been helping the church parishioners realize a dream – sparked in the 1960’s – of transforming their parking lot into affordable housing.

Out of this vision will stem 133 new workforce and low-income homes for residents making 30% – 80% of Seattle’s Median Income. Nearly 40% of the units will be designated for families. Working for more than two years, through two funding cycles, and the promotion of Susan Boyd to CEO of Bellwether Housing, we are finally into construction! Crews just completed the level three concrete slab pour and we’re well on our way to opening day scheduled for April, 2018. Continue reading



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AIA Convention Highlights

Weber Thompson’s Director of Sustainability, Myer Harrell, recently attended the AIA National Conference, where he presented as part of the panel “Living From Seattle’s Living Building Pilot Program.” The conference was filled with inspirational speakers and educational programs. Below, he captures some of the highlights.

At the first keynote of A’17 (the 2017 AIA Conference on Architecture), titled Anticipating the Need: Design that Cares, Pritzker Prize-winner Alejandro Aravena engaged the architect-filled audience by drawing diagrams on a white board to reinforce ideas as he spoke. Continue reading



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Beyond LEED AP: Lessons From Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) Training

Beyond LEED AP – A recap from Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) Training

Last month, Weber Thompson sent Aaron Swain and I to take the Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®) training from the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). As active members of the WT Sustainabiliteam, with strong personal interests in reducing our ecological footprints, we see a lot of value in the Passive House methodology because it sets a proven path to achieve ambitious, yet obtainable, energy efficiency goals. Continue reading



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Weber Thompson’s Occupant Engagement Experiment

Last month, members of the Weber Thompson Sustainabilteam (WTST) did a happy dance after presenting the results of their Occupant Engagement Pilot Project: An Experiment on Plug Load Energy Consumption at a WT all-office meeting. The two-week-long competitive occupant energy awareness game, Building Blocks, took place in May, 2016. Continue reading



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Doin’ Our Part: Meet the WT SustainabiliTeam

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In celebration of Earth Month, I want to take a minute to introduce the Weber Thompson SustainabiliTeam (WTST), our version of an internal green team. Despite working in ‘Ecotopia’ (the Pacific Northwest) and despite our progress toward well-sited, energy-efficient, water-efficient, lower-toxicity and lower-resource buildings, now more than ever we need strategic thinking and additional effort to continually improve our project portfolio. Continue reading



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Big City Living where X marks the spot

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Soon one will be able to differentiate the Nexus condominium towers from surrounding high-rise towers due to its unique twisting forms, generating an “X” as the floorplates travel up the building. While the architecture is certainly fascinating, the rotation of floorplates provide unique views and experiences for each condo owner. These grand views are only one of the many features driving buyers to rush to reserve their condo unit. Equally important are the one-of-a-kind interiors which reflect the building’s design language. Let me share a few secrets Weber Thompson incorporated into these floorplans to better utilize space and ultimately reinforce these breathtaking views. Continue reading



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Nexus breaks ground in Seattle’s East Village

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It’s not every day that you see Blaine Weber digging in the dirt in downtown Seattle. But on March 14th he grabbed a shovel and joined the Nexus team at a ceremonial groundbreaking to kick off the start of construction of the iconic tower.

Although it was a drizzly spring day, a sizeable crowd turned up to share in the celebration. After a short press conference, key project team members from The Burrard Group, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR), Skanska – and of course Weber Thompson’s Nexus project team – took turns ceremonially shoveling dirt before partaking in a catered BBQ lunch. Continue reading



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We Are HDC: Our part in providing more affordable housing

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The African proverb ‘it takes a village’ was turned sideways last week at the annual Housing Development Consortium (HDC) Celebration Luncheon. Playing off a prime time TV series, the event presented “We Are HDC” as the theme to represent the 130+ organizations and their 16,600 employees who are members of HDC. Continue reading



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Explore Our Impact Initiatives for 2017 & Beyond

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This week we sent out a newsletter highlighting our 2017 Impact Initiatives. Continue reading



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Materials Matter Session 2 Recap by Mindi Caulley

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The AIA Seattle, Materials Matter educational series recently came to an end after 5 sessions on building materials and their environmental impact. The deep dive into material health was co-presented by the Puget Sound chapter of the CSI and took place at Seattle City Hall. Each session focused on an individual sub topic of materials and encouraged the use of interactive tools that can be used to implement the ideas discussed. Continue reading



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