Park(ing) Day 2008 was a huge success! Our team had a great time interacting with the neighborhood from the street, rather than in the office. We would like to give a special shout out to the nice parking policewoman who praised us for having all our permits in place and the Salt Lake City, Utah City Council and Planning Department members who stopped by on their tour of South Lake Union.
We would like to thank our sponsors who donated the materials for the park. In keeping with the sustainable spirit of the event, everything we received has been either re-used or recycled. A big thanks to: Continue reading “Urban Zen – National Park(ing) Day success!”
Welcome to Urban Zen. (Deep breath…ahhhh.)
Today is a special day. Today is National Park(ing) Day! Park(ing) Day is a one-day, global event where artists, activists, and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spots into “Park(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks.
For our space we had the great pleasure to collaborate with Berger Partnership.. After some discussion we settled on the very fitting and necessary concept of “Urban Zen”. What exactly defines “Urban Zen”? Our vision incorporates traditional Asian designs and materials paired with more “fast paced” necessities used in an entirely different way.
Rather than drinking the coffee, why not rake coffee beans into cool designs?
Rather than sitting at your desk all day to the point of dry eyes, why not take your lap top and sit in the park? Continue reading “Urban Zen – National Park(ing) Day – 11am”
Wouldn’t it be great if street parking signs advertised City Parks instead? Swing by Terry & Thomas 9.19.08 and see what the possibilities are.
We are proud to report that the Terry Thomas building has won a national award, and has been nominated for three state awards.
The Terry Thomas won third place in Eco-structure Magazine’s inaugural Evergreen Awards in the Ecommercial (environmentally responsible commercial) category.
Weber Thompson and the Terry Thomas will be recognized at Eco-structure’s cocktail reception during the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston on Nov. 19-21.
The magazine is also featuring the Terry Thomas in the October issue. It will be the second time this year that the magazine has featured the project. In June, the magazine reported that the Terry Thomas “provides a window into the soul of [Weber Thompson, which] practices what it preaches and whose approach to sustainability is as much rooted in common sense as it is in the eco-enthusiasm of its employees.”
The Terry Thomas is a finalist in three categories in the Washington State Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties’ (NAIOP) annual competition. The categories are Sustainable Development of the Year, Office Development of the Year under 250,000 square feet, and the Innovation Project of the Year.
Winners will be announced at NAIOP’s Night of the Stars gala at the Seattle Sheraton on Nov. 7.
NAIOP is the nation’s leading trade association for developers, owners and professionals of commercial, industrial and mixed-use real estate. The state chapter has more than 500 members representing most of the leading firms in commercial real estate development.
The lighting system in our office is complex and has been a challenge. Our goal was to employ a highly efficient lighting system for our office space that would reduce energy usage. The spaces in our office are 95% daylit because of the amount of glazing, so it is important that we take advantage of this asset.
The lights are controlled by several different technologies:
• Photoelectric eyes measure the amount of sun coming into the space and increase or decrease the fluorescent lighting to balance the light levels in the office.
• Occupancy/motion sensors turn lights on and off in spaces, depending on occupancy.
• Managed lighting, by lighting controls company LC&D, sets the lighting levels on a schedule based on the time of day or night. LC&D is continuing to tweak the system, so patience is in order for all of us.
The availability of adjustments in time, light level and schedule will take time to work out and have proven to be a challenge to our team. When the photoelectric eyes measure enough natural light in a space, they signal the lights to turn off. Yet this sometimes still feels dark. A few people have reported coming into work on the weekend or at night to a building that is fully lit. Our amazing exterior sunshades automatically close to block the sun in the afternoon, and these sometimes cover the light sensors, which will then turn on the lights on a sunny day.
These are all kinks that will be worked out over time, but as it is our first time with this technology, there is a learning curve figuring out the glitches. In our old office, people customized the lighting above their desks by hooking or unhooking the fluorescent lights in the drop ceiling. In Terry Thomas, employees have flexibility with task lights at their desks if they need more light, but most choose not to use them.
It is, however, a real treat to work in a space fully lit by natural light. It feels like you are outside. The natural daylighting continues the connection we have with the outdoors, an experience we did not have in the old office.
-Mina Ghanaie, LEED AP