The First Annual Summer Fair at Othello Square

Earlier this month we attended the first annual Othello Square Summer Fair, a festive celebration of the Othello community and the neighborhood’s future. Weber Thompson led the effort to develop a Master Plan for the Othello Square project, and is the architect for two and landscape architect for all of the four buildings planned for the site. 

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Press Release: Two Weber Thompson projects receive awards at the 2019 Gold Nugget Awards

Judges for the 2019 Gold Nugget Awards have named two Weber Thompson projects as award winners in its 56th annual competition, which honors design and planning excellence and draws entries from throughout the United States and internationally. DATA 1’s Landscape received the Grand Award in the ‘Best Landscape Architecture for a Community’ category, and Arbora Court received a Merit Award in the ‘Best Affordable Housing Community – over 60 dwelling units per acre or more’ category. Continue reading “Press Release: Two Weber Thompson projects receive awards at the 2019 Gold Nugget Awards”

[WEBINAR] Solis Condominiums: A Case Study for Multifamily Passive House Construction

Certified Passive House Consultants Emily Doe and Aaron Swain recently presented the “Solis Condominiums: A Case Study for Multifamily Passive House Construction” webinar with the PHIUS (Passive House Institute US).  Their discussion includes the top ten tips for pursuing this standard for multifamily buildings and also references case studies from their own projects.

Watch the full webinar presentation below and learn more in their recent blog post “Top 10 Tips for Multi-Family Passive House Design.”

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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 and watch the full webinar presentation with the Passive House Alliance below. 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”