The Difficulty of Quantifying Green Design

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What is the value of green design? How do we quantify it? How do we sell it to project owners, operators, investors and tenants? 

In today’s Green Building special section of the Daily Journal of Commerce, Weber Thompson Senior Associate Myer Harrell AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Homes, raises some questions in search of making a business case for green. We know green buildings are better buildings, but can we prove they make good financial sense as well? Continue reading



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Meet the Staff: Fanny Idoux

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Fanny Idoux joined the Weber Thompson Interior Design team in May of 2014, jumping in right as two of our interior design staff took leave for several months. She hit the ground running and has been working on a wide variety of hospitality and residential projects. Her sense of style, great attitude, and attention to detail make her a valuable asset to the team.

 

 

How long have you worked at Weber Thompson?

Since May 2014

What is your favorite thing about working at Weber Thompson?

I love the environment and the talented group of people I get to work with and learn from. Weber Thompson offers me the opportunity to be fully creative but also to learn something new everyday.

Summarize your job in a paragraph. 

My job is to contribute to the development of complex hospitality and multi- family projects throughout each phase of design, from concept to construction drawings and construction administration. Continue reading



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Photo Tour: 4730 California Avenue

Last week, a group of Weber Thompson employees took a tour of 4730 California to see how construction is progressing. The project is weeks away from completion, and it’s got some great features. We snapped some photos during the tour to share the progress. Final photography will be coming the next few months, but we think these ‘under construction’ photos are their own kind of eye candy.

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Happy New Year from Weber Thompson

From all of us at Weber Thompson, we wish you a creative and successful new year!

Weber Thompson 2014 Holiday Greeting from Weber Thompson on Vimeo.



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Housing affordability | WT staff adopt families | Terry Thomas inspires local artist

The Terry Thomas inspires local artist

Lisa Daniels, a local artist who creates paintings inspired by architectural spaces, toured The Terry Thomas a couple of months ago. Many details caught her eye and she decided to do multiple paintings. She recently completed one and plans to do two more. The finished piece is a 36” x 48” acrylic painting hanging in the Seattle office of DCI Engineers. Thank you Lisa; we’re flattered that our building inspired you. See more of Lisa’s work at www.ldanielsart.com

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Tis the season for sharing!

Weber Thompson employees have banded together to give fifteen children (in seven families) a very happy holiday this year. In total, nearly $2,500 worth of gift cards for toys and groceries will be donated to these families via the YWCA. Thank you to Christina Stewart for pioneering the effort in our office, and for encouraging the high rise and mid-rise/low rise teams to also get involved. Most of all, we hope the effort makes the season a little brighter for a few families in need.

Catherine Benotto appointed to Mayor’s Advisory Committee

Landscape Architecture Principal Catherine Benotto was recently appointed to Mayor Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability  Advisory Committee. The committee will seek to identify and evaluate policy options to create more available housing for people all along the income spectrum. They will explore innovative ideas to pilot new types of housing, study the impact of ADU’s, analyze  efforts to preserve existing affordable housing, and more. By May of next year, the committee will deliver a set of recommendations to the Mayor and City Council.

You can share your opinions by completing this short survey.

 



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Sunset Electric wins NAIOP award

We couldn’t be more excited that Sunset Electric won the NAIOP Night of the Stars Mid-Rise Multifamily Development of the Year Award! Congrats to The Wolff Company, Patrinely Group, Riverstone Residential Group and the rest of the project team.

Weber Thompson provided architecture, landscape architecture and interior design services for the project. Steve Cox, AIA, was the design consultant on the project.

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‘Leadership Jazz’ at Greenbuild 2014

With more than 30 LEED accredited professionals on staff, there’s always at least one Weber Thompson attendee at Greenbuild, the USGBC annual international conference and expo. This year in New Orleans, Myer Harrell represented the team and gathered as much of-the-moment information about green building as he was able. Here are a few of his thoughts.

This year’s theme at Greenbuild was ‘Leadership Jazz,’ which was woven throughout the many seminars, lectures, and activities held throughout the week. Special Set sessions have gained momentum as a format – forty sessions were offered with enhanced room layouts, audio/visual support, and technology to further engage the audience, as well as additional guidance from volunteers and staff leading up to the event. Additionally, discussions of social equity permeated many conversations. For example, pilot credits in LEED were announced in a session titled “Getting Credit for Doing Good.” Continue reading



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How Rube!

Weber Thompson Parking Day

Once again Weber Thompson commandeered the parking spots across from our building and created a park-like oasis with an attraction that drew the crowds. For our third year participating in the nationwide event, Park(ing) Day, our eager, dedicated team ran with the concurrent Seattle Design Festival theme, ‘Design in Motion,’ creating an interactive Rube Goldberg machine that dispensed a prize to each lucky player.

Entitled ‘Why you Gotta be so Rube?’ the contraption incorporated cardboard tubes, presentation easels, material samples and furniture and carpets donated by The Mohawk Group, Bennett Associates Inc., Resource 3 Northwest, and Workpointe. Starting with the pop of a Jack in the box, a ball was launched through a series of tubes, knocking a 3Form sample off balance, releasing another ball, activating a domino chain, knocking over a weighted bucket, triggering a pulley which released a Luchador bottle opener down a zipline that tipped a blazing orange pencil down a tube where it was delivered to willing participants.

The installation drew large crowds of neighborhood workers, and was especially flooded at lunch time by Amazon and Group Health employees wrangling for their own pencil delivery.

Design in Public, a local supporter of Park(ing) Day, selected Weber Thompson as the recipient of the ‘Most Unique’ Park(ing) Day installation award. We couldn’t be happier, and are currently planning next year. Hot air balloon rides anyone?

For a full list of winners, visit the Design in Public website.

More images, and a video of the Rube in action, visit our Facebook page.



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Meet the Staff: Rachael Bauer

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Rachael Bauer is a valued member of the Interior Design team at Weber Thompson. She recently received her NCIDQ certification, and is participating in planning for this year’s Park(ing) Day. We chatted with her to learn more about her background, her inspirations, and her upcoming travel plans.

 

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Sunset Electric awarded LEED Platinum certification

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Sunset Electric has been awarded LEED for Homes Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council! This is currently the highest possible LEED certification for environmental responsibility and efficiency.

Developed by The Wolff Company, this 92 unit mixed use apartment project has garnered buzz for its innovative, sustainable design and incorporation of the original 1916 structure’s large brick façade, reflective of Capitol Hill’s auto-row heritage. The building’s strong leasing rates bear out its success; over 70% of the units are occupied. Continue reading



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