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”

Meet the Staff: Brock Williams


Meet Brock Williams, a Project Manager in Weber Thompson’s High Rise and Hospitality Design Studios. He has a wealth of experience in hotels, restaurants, commercial office buildings and tenant improvements. Learn more about him in this Q & A, or visit our website to read his bio.

Name title/role:

Brock Williams, Project Manager

How long have you worked at Weber Thompson and what is your favorite thing about working here?

I’ve worked at Weber Thompson for almost a year now and one of the things I like most about working here is the support I get from the office and individuals to pursue my professional goals and balance work and life outside of work. Continue reading “Meet the Staff: Brock Williams”

Seeking two interior designers


Work hard, play hard, that’s our motto. But when the work outweighs the play, we know we need to grow our team, which is why we’re seeking two talented, hard-working interior designers with a great sense of humor. We work in a light filled, passively cooled office building in the middle of the highly energized South Lake Union neighborhood in Seattle. If you or someone you know meets the criteria below, please head to our careers page to learn more and apply.

Interior Designer

We are looking for someone to bring their excellent design eye, stellar rendering skills and technical knowledge and experience to support our interior designs. You are a self-starter with at least 4 years of experience in residential multi-family projects – either high-rise or mid-rise – and commercial office projects who can work well in a highly collaborative environment.

What we’re looking for:

  • Experience and expertise in AutoCAD 2009, Revit, Sketchup and Adobe Creative Cloud.
  • Excellent team and interdisciplinary communication, both written and verbal.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • The ability to manage both schedules and budgets.
  • Resilience, drive, and a sense of humor.

A degree in Interior Design or Architecture from an accredited program is required; LEED AP Accreditation is preferred. Continue reading “Seeking two interior designers”

Meet the Staff: Bernadette Rubio

Bernadette Rubio, NCIDQ, LEED AP recently took the helm as Weber Thompson’s Interior Design Principal. Learn more about her background and inspirations in this Q & A.

What is your Name & Title/Role? Bernadette Rubio, Interior Design Principal

You were just promoted! What about this new role excites you the most?

I’ve been with WT for almost four years and have been part of an incredible group of designers. Carrie Smith has been instrumental in making that happen and I learned a lot from working alongside her. What I’m really excited about is building upon that success, taking the WTid team to the next level and helping each of our team members flourish as designers.

What has been your favorite project?

My favorite project is a tossup between 4730 California Apartments in West Seattle and Pike Motorworks in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Both projects were urban infill projects developed by The Wolff Company. Each project design was inspired by the uniqueness of their respective neighborhoods.

These projects were successful because the entire design team, especially the client, stayed true to the concept and were committed to executing the design throughout the process. It’s a testament to a great client/designer/contractor team relationship. Continue reading “Meet the Staff: Bernadette Rubio”

A temporary fix of caffeine and kebab

Milstead & Co.

As a busy and successful coffee shop or restaurant owner, the thought of temporarily moving your business is unthinkable. However, when presented with the opportunity to come back to the same location (but in a brand new, energy-efficient building), you might think about it. This is the case with two local Fremont favorites, Milstead & Co. Coffee and Café Turko. Both businesses have temporarily relocated across Troll Ave N. into the old Titan Electric Building. The reason? A new office building is under development for Tableau on the site of their old home. This highly sustainable building will house 106,000 square feet of Class A office space and 11,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The client is dedicated to incorporating these two beloved businesses back into the new building.

To make it work, Milstead & Co. and Café Turko relocated to a space that supports their needs and stays close to their customer base with very little downtime. The Titan Building, just across Troll Ave N, was the logical choice for this temporary home, keeping them close to the neighborhood. Its location had been used over the years as a dance studio, lighting design company, glass art studio, construction company offices and as a warehouse. Now coffee shop and Turkish restaurant are also on that list. Continue reading “A temporary fix of caffeine and kebab”

WTID Inspirations: Cozy, Classic Comfort

Let’s get away!

To a dreamy, dreary morning on the coast, in a field, in a dream. Who said fall can’t romance us as much as summer? In a city where trees are becoming less abundant, fall is not as rich with oranges, deep reds, or hints of pine as the countryside. No, our fall is a little more….gray.

But even still, it inspires us. Check out our fall Pinterest board to get a little inspired by October in Seattle yourself.

To see how we incorporate our inspirations into our projects, view our online portfolio.

We’re winners!! (Well, we kind of already knew that)

A la Mode Pies – Phinney Ridge

On March 8th, the A la Mode Pies café/bakery was awarded First Place in the Hospitality category at the 13th Annual Northwest Design Awards, sponsored by the Seattle Design Center. The winning projects were selected from more than 250 entrants in 10 categories.

Weber Thompson went home with a seriously heavy chunk of engraved crystal and the happy thought that we should celebrate by eating some more pie!

Huge thanks to Chris Porter and the crew at A la Mode Pies. For more images of this award-winning (yay!) café/bakery, visit our website.

Who wants pie? We do!

The best pie in SeattleFor the last few months, we have been the lucky recipients of pie; Marionberry and Hazelnut Pie, Summer Peach Pie, Key Lime Pie, LolliPies, and the (oh, my mahalo!) Blue Hawaiian Pie.

Who are we to be so lucky? Well, it all stems from the genius that is Chris Porter’s A la Mode Pies.

Opening late-October (construction started August 11th), Chris’s online bakery will open its first café, a neighborhood gathering place that will offer his delectable pie offerings (in whole or slice form) plus Bluebird Ice Cream and espresso, all in a Weber Thompson designed storefront.

Located near Woodland Park in Phinney Ridge, on the corner of 59th & Phinney Avenue, A la Mode Pies will feature a café with a special pie counter and large glass panes through which you can view the magical pie creation.

Designer Carrie Smith worked closely with Chris to create a highly efficient café + bakery (kitchen) out of an 850sf space. The end result will be a pie shop that … wait, hasn’t that been there for years?

Keep your eyes open for the Grand Opening. In the meantime, if you are hankering for some pie, you can order from A la Mode Pies online.

We really recommend you get one of each.