Back in 2009, Joshua McNichols from KUOW Public Radio first wrote about the Terry Thomas building in an article exploring “alphabet” shaped buildings (the Terry Thomas is an ‘O’) that utilize thermal chimneys instead of air conditioning. Nearly ten years later he stopped by again to chat with Weber Thompson partner, Kristen Scott, and to check-in with us to see how we are faring with the recent stretch of hot weather in Seattle while working in a passively cooled environment.
“So when people ask what is it like inside this building without air conditioning on a hot day, it’s really like being under the shade of a big tree outside and you’ve got this gentle breeze washing over you,” said Scott.
Terry Thomas Fun Fact:
Despite never having AC installed in the building, it won a national award from American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Learn more about what makes the Terry Thomas so special in this recent Q&A with the Weber Thompson Commercial Office design team.