Arcade Issue 34.1 Launch Party: Reflections on Influence

Arcade Magazine is one of our region’s finest publications about architecture, design and culture. Each issue is filled with inspiring stories and essays, and it’s always a delight to leaf through the uncoated pages.

On May 26th, the magazine will release their newest issue, Reflections on Influence. We are pleased to be an event sponsor of this community gathering, which will take place at Pike Motorworks, in the future home of Redhook Brewery’s first Capitol Hill location.

We hope you will join us as we make a toast to independent journalism, design, influence and community.


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WT Wheelies Bike Everywhere in May

It’s May! The April showers are gone, it’s starting to feel like summer, and that means … Bike Everywhere month!

2016_Bike_Everywhere_logoThis year WT has assembled a team of 22 riders to participate in the Cascade Bicycle Club’s Bike Everywhere Challenge.  Our goal: raise money for Bike Works, a local non-profit whose mission is to build sustainable communities by educating youth and promoting bicycling. Through their repair and re-cycle shop in
Columbia City, they teach kids (and adults) about bicycle assembly, maintenance, and safety. In addition to the health benefits, their programs establish a community centered around the freedom and sustainability of bicycling. Weber Thompson is hoping to raise $1,000 in donations, so even that 1¢ per mile pledge can add up fast! Although commuting is a large percentage of this mileage, we believe fun rides and trips to the supermarket are equally important to reduce our carbon footprint, so we are counting every mile toward this goal.

In addition to this charitable goal, we always try to address another goal: having fun! We are planning a number of office rides, for lunch, happy hour, and even a tour to check out some of our WT projects (they are popping up everywhere, from LUMA on First Hill, to the Fremont Office Building in … wait for it … Fremont, to Evergreen Park, out in Bellevue!). Add in the other great events associated with Bike Everywhere Month and it’s going to be a fun month of May!

So if you have your own team and want to compete with the “Weber Thompson Wheelies,” or if you like Bike Works and want to participate in our fund raising challenge, join us—get out and ride!


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Meet the Staff: Jeanna Stone

Jeanna Stone Marketing InternFor the last few months, the Weber Thompson marketing department has benefitted from the assistance of Marketing Intern Jeanna Stone. Jeanna has penned articles for the blog, submitted award entries, posted to social media (check out our Instagram account if you haven’t seen it lately) and most excitingly, has infused the WT Intranet redesign effort with a fresh burst of energy. Next week, Jeanna will begin a new chapter as a full-time A/E/C marketer at Callison. We will miss her greatly but wish her the best of luck in her next adventure.

Jeanna Stone, Marketing Intern

How long have you worked at Weber Thompson and what is your favorite thing about working here?

I’ve been at WT for almost five months, and by far my favorite thing has been the people. The environment is quirky and relaxed, the people are hilarious and hardworking, and we know how to throw an excellent party.

What project(s) are you working on at the moment?

The biggest project I’m working on now is setting up WT with an intranet that is user friendly, readily accessible, and provides employees with all the information that they need on and off site. Continue reading

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HEADLINES and the Value of Design Dialogue

I’ve been a member of the Architecture Professionals Advisory Council (UW Arch PAC) at the University of Washington since 2008 and am the current chair of the committee that organizes and supports the annual spring exhibit HEADLINES: Architecture Looking Ahead. This exhibit highlights emerging architectural projects from Washington practitioners and is a preview of the ideas, process and evolution of the upcoming work that will shape our future built environment. An overview of the design innovation and influence of local practitioners both large and small, HEADLINES offers an exciting preview of projects to be built regionally, nationally and globally. The exhibit will travel to Pacific Northwest schools and institutions throughout the year. Continue reading

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How did we get here? The long path to Passive House

Last month, the DJC published my article discussing Passive House certification and the design implications in multi-family construction. I used Weber Thompson’s 1300 Pike project in Capitol Hill as a case study. But to better understand the goal of this shift toward Passive House, allow me to pontificate further, with a look at the history of sustainability efforts and how we got to where we are today.  Continue reading

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Meet the Staff: Erin Hatch

Erin HatchEarlier this spring, we promoted seven individuals, and have been getting to know more about them through our ‘Meet the Staff’ series. This week, we interviewed Marketing Manager and new Associate Erin Hatch. Learn more about her in this Q & A.

Erin Hatch, Marketing Manager, Associate

How long have you worked at Weber Thompson and what is your favorite thing about working here?

I’ve worked at Weber Thompson just over three years. My favorite thing about WT is working with approachable, smart, creative people who are passionate about solving problems through good design. This industry can be cutthroat and judgmental, but this firm doesn’t tolerate that attitude. It’s an extremely supportive environment.

What project(s) are you working on at the moment?

I work on a wide variety of projects. Every day is different, and I always have to expect the unexpected. From keeping our website and blog updated to working with our leadership team on big picture strategy, I get to have my fingers in many different pies. (And I love pie, so it works out well!)

You were recently promoted! What does this mean to you?

I love working for a company that truly values my opinions, listens to employees at all levels, and has provided me with support and professional development opportunities to grow in my career. When I came to Weber Thompson a little over three years ago, my role was production design. I had a little marketing experience and loads of optimism and enthusiasm, and my manager recognized that I could contribute more to the team. I never imagined I’d receive as much support and recognition as I have. It’s been amazing. Continue reading

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Sneak Peek: Interior Design at Gunbarrel Center

Last week two members of our Interior Design team, Bernadette Rubio and Amanda Baker, flew to Colorado to begin furniture installation for the amenity spaces at Gunbarrel Center. Despite a surprise snow storm and weather conditions much different than those in Seattle, installation went smoothly and according to plan. With this stunning project being so close to wrapping up we simply can’t help but share a few speak peek progress photos. We feel so inspired!

You can also check out the beautifully staged model units which we posted about on our blog about a year ago, and stay tuned for more updates and additional photography in the coming months.


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A temporary fix of caffeine and kebab

Milstead & Co.

As a busy and successful coffee shop or restaurant owner, the thought of temporarily moving your business is unthinkable. However, when presented with the opportunity to come back to the same location (but in a brand new, energy-efficient building), you might think about it. This is the case with two local Fremont favorites, Milstead & Co. Coffee and Café Turko. Both businesses have temporarily relocated across Troll Ave N. into the old Titan Electric Building. The reason? A new office building is under development for Tableau on the site of their old home. This highly sustainable building will house 106,000 square feet of Class A office space and 11,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The client is dedicated to incorporating these two beloved businesses back into the new building.

To make it work, Milstead & Co. and Café Turko relocated to a space that supports their needs and stays close to their customer base with very little downtime. The Titan Building, just across Troll Ave N, was the logical choice for this temporary home, keeping them close to the neighborhood. Its location had been used over the years as a dance studio, lighting design company, glass art studio, construction company offices and as a warehouse. Now coffee shop and Turkish restaurant are also on that list. Continue reading

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Meet the Staff: John Stout

JohnS_rectJohn Stout was recently promoted to Associate at Weber Thompson. He’s a valued member of our High Rise Design Studio, and is currently immersed in the design for Nexus. Learn more about John’s hobbies and interests in this Q&A.

John Stout / Associate, Project Designer

How long have you worked at Weber Thompson and what is your favorite thing about working here?

I have worked at Weber Thompson for almost a year and a half. I have really enjoyed the location, which is in the middle of SLU, and the mass of construction going on around us. I also really enjoy the amount of enthusiasm the staff have about elevating every aspect of our practice, whether that be through our pin-up series, CA lesson learned brown bag sessions or sustainabiliteam initiatives.

What project(s) are you working on at the moment?

970 Denny, a residential tower near our office building, and 1200 Howell (Nexus), a condominium project.

You were recently promoted! What does this mean to you? Continue reading

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Chowing down at the annual Weber Thompson Chili Cook-Off



When spring rolls around, WT staff literally begin lining up to jot their names on the sign up sheet for the annual Weber Thompson Chili Cook-Off. At the end of every February our architects, interior designers & landscape architects set aside their pencils and scales and throw on their aprons. Armed with crockpots and a unique chili recipe, they take over the office in hopes of concocting THE BEST CHILI EVER!  Continue reading

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