Using the space

Who knew a new office building, especially one as cool as this, comes with so many social engagements? We are booked solid for the summer, hosting wonderful organizations such as Great City Initiative, Interior Design Coalition of Washington, Allied Arts and Green Drinks, not to mention our own internal events.

The big question is how well can one have a large event – in the realms of 300-400 people – successfully in this space? And, really, with so many people and no air-conditioning, won’t we overheat?

Well, we attempted the experiment with our open house on June 24th and found it to be a rousing success. Our fantastic, energetic staff created a self-guided tour – with different stops that talk about Energy, Recycling, Materials, Carbon Neutral, Ventilation and Daylighting – to lead guests throughout the office. We had a drawing for a Herman Miller Mirra Chair, and rocking tunes to shake those sexy blinds.

Herman Miller donated the Mirra Chair for us to give away and Cascade A+E donated some of the signage. The food was by Portage Bay, we featured Washington wine, specially-labeled Jones sodas and beer from SLU brewery Two Beers Brewing Company.

Best of all, the weather was perfect and the office stayed nice and cool which gave everyone a chance to experience what we have been saying all along.

Next up, our “Seems to be Green” indoor golf tournament. Nine holes, each designed by a group of staff members, throughout the office, with the ninth hole starting on the third floor, going down the outside stairs, and ending up in the courtyard. We will have lots of nerf golf balls, bobble-head awards for the winners, and pizza for our employee’s families.

It is supposed to be a hot day, but we aren’t worried. It is cool in here – despite the high population.

-Elizabeth Holland, LEED AP, Principal

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