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

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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.

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Chowing down at the annual Weber Thompson Chili Cook-Off

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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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Meet the Staff: Myer Harrell

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Myer Harrell is Weber Thompson’s Director of Sustainability and was recently promoted to Principal. We learned a little more about Myer in this Q & A and were delighted to learn a few new things about him we didn’t know. Keep reading to see for yourself, or you can also read his bio on our website

Myer Harrell AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Homes / Principal, Director of Sustainability

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

I’ve been here just over ten years. My favorite thing about working here is how “flat” the firm feels. By that, I mean principals and partners don’t have corner offices, everyone is approachable. All are respectful, validating, accommodating and appreciative of coworkers no matter what their formal title. The feeling of hierarchy is minimized, and there is very little “command and control” style of management.

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

Most of my time is on the Fremont Office Building, a very exciting, sustainable boutique office building in the heart of Fremont that just started construction. The LEED Gold Core & Shell project features enhanced daylighting, an efficient HVAC system, and innovative stormwater strategies, reaching beyond the project site to clean up water from the Aurora Bridge before it reaches Lake Union.

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

To me, one difference in my title is how I present myself outside the firm to collaborators and clients. As a principal, I now feel like a “flag-bearer” of the firm in a slightly different way. I also feel a greater sense of responsibility to resolve difficult situations – with clients, consultants, and internally – diplomatically, transparently, completely, in a way I feel is befitting of a firm leader. Continue reading



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The Center for Architecture and Design Celebrates Its Grand Opening

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After much hard work and community support, the Center for Architecture and Design opens its doors for a Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, March 5th. Weber Thompson is proud to be a donor for this remarkable project, standing alongside 150+ other companies and individuals who have contributed to making the Center a possibility. Created through a unique partnership between AIA Seattle, Seattle Architecture Foundation, Design in Public, and AIA Washington Council, the Center aims to serve as Seattle’s design hub. The space will be thriving with hundreds of programs, exhibitions, and conversations across all design disciplines throughout the year. Continue reading



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Meet the Staff: Jason Hanner

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Jason Hanner is Weber Thompson’s passionate motorcycle expert, model maker and detail devotee. In January, he was promoted to Associate, recognition for his years of hard work and dedication to making Weber Thompson the firm that it is today. Congratulations, Jason!

Jason Hanner RA, LEED AP / Project Architect

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

A bit fuzzy.  I originally started in early ’99 while in school, took a leave of absence to study in Mexico for a semester, took another to finish my thesis, & then left to work for another firm for six months before coming back to WT at the end of June in 2005.

Hard to pick a favorite thing about working here, but I guess I would have to say the people I work with.

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

Evergreen Plaza in Bellevue is taking all of my time right now, it’s a 154-unit residential project in Downtown Bellevue.

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

I’ve always been someone who wants to do my job well and haven’t worried too much about the career track, but it feels great to get recognition and reach this milestone.

We know you don’t work all the time. What do you do on a typical Saturday morning? 

These days Saturday morning is spent with one or both of my young daughters.  We like to go swimming, to the park, or take the light rail to the central library (“the train library” according to Agatha). Continue reading



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