Making a splash at the first annual Clean Lake Union event

This past Saturday, about fifty people hopped onto stand up paddle boards and kayaks and raced across Lake Union. We weren’t racing for trophies, but for something much bigger. Continue reading



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Meet the Staff: Michele Richmond

Michele is a member of our Landscape Architecture department and recently became among the first in the nation to receive her SITES AP certification. We learned a little more about Michele by asking her a few questions about her inspirations, workload, and how she started her career in Landscape Architecture. Continue reading



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“Rad Row House”: A Musical Celebration of Affordable Housing Week

The Weber Thompson office is full of talented, passionate individuals who care about the issues surrounding our city. Last month a few of these individuals stepped up to help us participate in the Housing Development Consortium’s (HDC) 2017 Affordable Housing Week. The week took place from May 15th-22nd and focused on the growing issue of affordability and livability in Seattle. Continue reading



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Celebrating Bike Month at Weber Thompson

Bike Month at Weber Thompson

Another May has come and gone, inspiring cyclists across Washington to get out and get fit for the glory of the summer months to come. With the long days, fantastic sunshine, and temperate 70-degree weather, we are reminded why we bear the dark, damp winter months.  Weber Thompson had 21 staffers in this voluntary group that were split into three teams.  Each team represented different non-profit organizations, competing for charitable donations in a winner-take-all, all-rides-count race for maximum mileage for the month. Continue reading



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The WT Art Show: Showcasing Talents Beyond the Office

The annual WT employee art show kicked off this month with an impressive showing from 12 resident artists who displayed their skills in a wide range of media including oil and acrylic, wood bowls and an iPod with written and composed music. Continue reading



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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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