2018 Passive House Northwest Conference: The Future and Value of Passive House Design

I recently had the opportunity to represent Weber Thompson at Passive House Northwest’s (PHnw) 9th Annual Conference in Olympia, WA. PHnw is a community of architects, builders, developers and policymakers who champion passive house construction, an uber-energy efficient means of building. Weber Thompson was a proud sponsor of a policy roundtable discussion on Passive House for Affordable Housing and Equity. Continue reading “2018 Passive House Northwest Conference: The Future and Value of Passive House Design”

Leading Landscape Designs: The 2018 UW Out/in/Front Exhibit

On Tuesday January 23rd, the Weber Thompson Landscape Studio attended Out/in/Front : Landscape Leading. Hosted jointly by the University of Washington Department of Landscape Architecture and the UW/LA Professional Advisory Committee, Out/in/Front is a bi-annual event exhibiting the range of work presently underway in the Pacific Northwest. Continue reading “Leading Landscape Designs: The 2018 UW Out/in/Front Exhibit”

Designing a home for The Thinker and other Rodin masterpieces

The WT Landscape team recently completed a one-of-a-kind project that creates a natural home for some of the world’s most iconic sculptures right here in the Pacific Northwest. The Sculpture Garden includes the first three sculptures that are part of a new installation for the LeMay Collections at Marymount, located on the historic grounds of Marymount in Tacoma, Washington. Continue reading “Designing a home for The Thinker and other Rodin masterpieces”

DATA 1 Takes Home NAIOP Night of the Stars award for Office Development of the Year


Weber Thompson’s most recently completed commercial office project, DATA 1, received the Office Development of the Year award at the NAIOP Night of the Stars ceremony on Friday, November 3rd 2017. This marks the fourth consecutive year that a Weber Thompson project has received an award at the annual ceremony.  Continue reading “DATA 1 Takes Home NAIOP Night of the Stars award for Office Development of the Year”

Arbora Court: A dream decades in the making begins to come true

A little over three years ago, Bellwether Housing invited Weber Thompson to partner in the design and development of a piece of land owned by University Christian Church (UCC). In collaboration with Compass Alliance Housing, Bellwether Housing has been helping the church parishioners realize a dream – sparked in the 1960’s – of transforming their parking lot into affordable housing. Continue reading “Arbora Court: A dream decades in the making begins to come true”

Beyond LEED AP: Lessons From Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) Training

Beyond LEED AP – A recap from Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) Training

Last month, Weber Thompson sent Aaron Swain and I to take the Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®) training from the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). As active members of the WT Sustainabiliteam, with strong personal interests in reducing our ecological footprints, we see a lot of value in the Passive House methodology because it sets a proven path to achieve ambitious, yet obtainable, energy efficiency goals. Continue reading “Beyond LEED AP: Lessons From Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) Training”

Doin’ Our Part: Meet the WT SustainabiliTeam

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In celebration of Earth Month, I want to take a minute to introduce the Weber Thompson SustainabiliTeam (WTST), our internal green team. Despite working in ‘Ecotopia’ (the Pacific Northwest), and despite our progress toward well-sited, energy-efficient, water-efficient, lower-toxicity and lower-resource buildings, now more than ever we need strategic thinking and additional effort to continually improve our project portfolio. Continue reading “Doin’ Our Part: Meet the WT SustainabiliTeam”

Big City Living where X marks the spot

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Soon one will be able to differentiate the Nexus condominium towers from surrounding high-rise towers due to its unique twisting forms, generating an “X” as the floorplates travel up the building. While the architecture is certainly fascinating, the rotation of floorplates provide unique views and experiences for each condo owner. These grand views are only one of the many features driving buyers to rush to reserve their condo unit. Equally important are the one-of-a-kind interiors which reflect the building’s design language. Let me share a few secrets Weber Thompson incorporated into these floorplans to better utilize space and ultimately reinforce these breathtaking views. Continue reading “Big City Living where X marks the spot”