A two-wheeled tour of Weber Thompson work

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With attention to the festivities of Bike-to-Work Day last Friday, a small group of us took to the streets by bike to familiarize ourselves with a number of Weber Thompson projects (some currently under construction), and see for ourselves how bike-friendly Seattle actually is! All-in-all we took a look at about 15 projects, from holes in the ground and nearly completed, to projects that have been standing for 10 – 20 years. It was a great day to get out on a bicycle, and see so many projects that have inspired trends in development, and will continue to do so in the future.

We started downtown with the deep holes that are 2nd + Pine and Potala Tower, also stopping to see Cristalla, Viktoria and Fifteen Twenty-One Second Avenue. We discussed how they respond to their context and contribute (both 3- and 4-dimensionally) to Seattle streets, skyline (the tree at Viktoria seems to be doing well!) and neighborhood development. Continue reading



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Bike to Work Month Rolling Along

Weber Thompson's Bike to Work Month team Devo Velo.

Weber Thompson’s Bike to Work Month team Devo Velo.

The peddles are turning, gears grinding, and friendly team competition engaged. This year teams Devo Velo and Mad CAD: Beyond Thunder Thighs will battle for the prestigious team spirit award, mileage award, and most frequent commuter award. The teams will be covering 72-73 miles a day when everyone rides. There will also be awards for individuals who ride the most miles and rack up the highest number of commute trips. All this in the name of reducing the number of cars on the road, improving your health, and enjoying the outdoors.

Seattle’s growing bicycle accessibility, as measured in numbers (from the Cascade Bicycle Club website):

  • 283 miles of bike trails
  • 15 miles of striped lanes
  • 35 miles of signed bike routes
  • goal of 250 miles of protected bike lanes by 2024

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A home for all: Supporting affordable housing in King County

Mindy Black and Jeff Reibman enjoying the HDC Luncheon photo booth.

Mindy Black and Jeff Reibman enjoying the HDC Luncheon photo booth.

Five Weber Thompson staff and five guests joined 700 others in support of affordable housing at the Housing Development Consortium’s 7th annual member celebration luncheon.

The HDC is a non-profit organization whose mission we strongly support: to promote collaboration and cooperation among the many different people and agencies working to meet the housing needs of limited income residents throughout King County. Providing access to safe, affordable housing is a cause we are passionate about and are dedicated to supporting. Continue reading



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Elan Uptown Flats and the renaissance of the front porch

A Quick History of the Front Porch

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Take a stroll through any established residential neighborhood in Seattle and you will see porches on the majority of houses. A commodity in the mid-1800s until the 1950s, the front porch was popular for many reasons. The ideal front porch was large enough to accommodate seating for a number of people, stood a few steps above street level, and afforded protection from the elements while still capturing cool breezes in the summer. The front porch was where home life happened: a place to socialize with neighbors, visitors, and family members; a light-filled extension of the home; a vantage point affording views through the neighborhood; a safe, liminal space between public and private. It put “eyes on the street”- a famous phrase from Jane Jacobs- promoting community safety through social capital in urban communities. It was not uncommon for people to know their neighbors and socialize with them on a regular basis: the front porch was the architectural mediator in the community.

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The ubiquitous front porch faded from popularity with the rise of new technologies. Radio and television provided a new source of entertainment for families, pulling them indoors. Continue reading



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Bike to work month spinning closer

One of Weber Thompson's 2014 Bike to Work month teams, 'Rushin' Roulettes.'

One of Weber Thompson’s 2014 Bike to Work month teams, ‘Rushin’ Roulettes.’

The tulips have bloomed, the snow melted, and the gears are spinning again en masse on the roads and bike paths of Seattle.  Yes, it’s that time of year again, when WT staff divide and conquer, in the form of cycle-commuters, to reduce traffic congestion and green-house gas contributions.

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Living Future 2015 unConference Recap

living-future-conference-imageEarlier this month, several representatives from Weber Thompson attended the Living Future unConference, a three-day forum for discussing sustainable design solutions to global social and environmental issues. The annual conference brings together some of the most progressive minds in the building industry and provides a dizzying mix of inspirational speeches, technical charrettes and heated panel discussions. Continue reading



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Promotions!

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Please join us in congratulating Weber Thompson’s newest Principal, Senior Associate and Associates. If you see a familiar face, you know why they have been recognized. If not, learn more about these remarkable individuals.

Todd Mayne AIA, LEED AP BD+C 
Principal

Todd is never without his trusty hard hat and safety vest. A construction administration veteran, Todd has run the CA on numerous widely visible Seattle towers including Premier on Pine, Coppins Well and, currently, 2nd & Pine. He is a leader in our Risk Management initiatives and oversees our internal CAD quality control team. As Blaine Weber notes: “Todd is an integral part of the Weber Thompson team, and we’re eager to see him shine in his new role.”

Josh McDonald AIA, LEED GA
Senior Associate

Josh is leaping into his new role with his typical charm, humor and project management skills. He joined Weber Thompson in 2011, and since then has served as Project Manager on several highly complex projects including Elan at Redmond Town Center and, currently, The Whittaker. Within the office, Josh is on a mission of information sharing by spearheading a speaker series about the many sides of the construction and development industry. Continue reading



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Another Rube Goldberg Machine: SAM Remix Style

On March 13th, Weber Thompson had the honor of participating in Seattle Art Museum’s Remix event, a late night, choose-your-own-adventure extravaganza of performances, activities, dancing and more. Our contribution to the event was a custom Dada-inspired Rube Goldberg machine.

SAM Remix Rube Goldberg Machine Installation by Weber ThompsonWhy SAM Remix? And why a Rube Goldberg machine? It all started in September with our Park(ing) Day installation, a 7’ x 35’ temporary Rube Goldberg machine on Thomas Street. SAM saw a clip of our installation, and invited us to create one for Remix. AIA Seattle and Arcade Magazine were among the list of sponsors, so we figured we better join in the fun as well. We were all in.

A crew of WT volunteers quickly assembled to discuss our RG. We wanted to use mostly found materials and ready-made objects, because our inspiration came loosely from SAM’s current exhibit The Duchamp Effect and the Dada movement. Continue reading



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Meet the Staff: ChiaLin Ma

ChiaLin Ma, Landscape Designer at Weber ThompsonLandscape designer ChiaLin Ma has over nine years experience envisioning functional and creative outdoor spaces. She is intimately familiar with multiple projects in the firm, working ardently from initial conception and 3D model creation to construction administration.

How long have you worked at Weber Thompson?

2 years, 3/6 is my work anniversary.

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Modern Mountain Style in Boulder, Colorado

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Two weeks ago, our very own extremely talented Amanda Baker flew to Boulder, CO to stage two model units at the first completed building of the Gunbarrel Center, a project by The Wolff Company. She braved the elements and despite a … Continue reading

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