Press Release: Strong Lease-up at Fremont’s New Cedar Speedster Mixed-Use Building Leaves Only one Leasable Retail/Office Space Remaining

Cedar SpeedsterCedar Speedster, a new 3-story heavy timber, 30,000 SF mixed-use retail-office building in Fremont located at 401 N 36th Street, is nearing completion in July of this year. The cedar-clad building’s name is a nod both to the neighborhood’s role in the region’s timber industry and to George Pocock, a local boat builder whose handcrafted cedar rowing shells were nicknamed Cedar Speedsters among University of Washington crews. Continue reading “Press Release: Strong Lease-up at Fremont’s New Cedar Speedster Mixed-Use Building Leaves Only one Leasable Retail/Office Space Remaining”

Top 10 Tips for Multi-Family Passive House Design

We were proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Passive House Northwest Conference.  Once again, the logistics of Passive House for multifamily projects were validated. For a 3-5% cost premium, using industry standard assemblies, multi-family passive house projects can achieve substantial benefits. These include: superb indoor air quality that has been linked to measurable health benefits, unparalleled thermal comfort, a quiet interior, and, last but not least — ultra-energy efficiency.  The typical multifamily Passive House building uses 70% less energy than a national code-compliant building and 50% less energy than a comparable Seattle building. This is doable!

Here are our top ten tips for pursuing this standard. Continue reading “Top 10 Tips for Multi-Family Passive House Design”

Converting units to homes at Arbora Court: The power of interior furnishings

Arbora Court

Bellwether Housing and Weber Thompson have been working closely together for the past four years to complete Arbora Court, a low-income housing project providing 133 new homes for Seattle. Forty of these units are specifically for families transitioning out of homelessness, which is the group being most quickly displaced in Seattle’s insane housing crunch. The project was completed in June and residents have moved in – many of whom are finally feeling relief from the financial burden of housing costs allowing them to focus on what is most important – their family. Continue reading “Converting units to homes at Arbora Court: The power of interior furnishings”

TT10/WT30 Exclusive: Introducing Topophilia

Topophilia = Love of Place. Back in June we kicked off the ‘Terry Thomas Transcended’ model design competition as a way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Terry Thomas. Ultimately, it was WT Senior Associate Nicole Winn’s model ‘Topophilia’ that won the judges hearts. Recently, we celebrated the #LoveofPlace theme by gathering to share what we love about working at the Terry Thomas and to envision how it could evolve in the next 20 years, as rendered via a Topophilia-inspired VR experience. Here’s how it all started. Continue reading “TT10/WT30 Exclusive: Introducing Topophilia”

10 years later: Weber Thompson’s HQ is better with nature

Biophilic design has connected workers with the natural world, making them healthier and happier.

This year Weber Thompson is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of The Terry Thomas, the award-winning, LEED gold, passively cooled office building we designed and have been inhabiting since it opened. As part of that celebration, we thought it worthwhile to back-check our project against two frameworks for biophilic design, equipped with new vocabulary, science and best practices. Continue reading “10 years later: Weber Thompson’s HQ is better with nature”

TT10/WT30 Exclusive: Welcoming KUOW back to the Terry Thomas

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. Continue reading “TT10/WT30 Exclusive: Welcoming KUOW back to the Terry Thomas”