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”
Arcade Magazine is one of our region’s finest publications about architecture, design and culture. Each issue is filled with inspiring stories and essays, and it’s always a delight to leaf through the uncoated pages.
On May 26th, the magazine will release their newest issue, Reflections on Influence. We are pleased to be an event sponsor of this community gathering, which will take place at Pike Motorworks, in the future home of Redhook Brewery’s first Capitol Hill location.
We hope you will join us as we make a toast to independent journalism, design, influence and community. Continue reading “Arcade Issue 34.1 Launch Party: Reflections on Influence”
Principal Jeff Reibman, AIA, LEED AP BD+C recently joined the ownership team at Weber Thompson He has been with the firm for over 11 years and is an integral part of the Mid-rise / Mixed Use Design Studio, but is heavily involved in the business and marketing side of the firm. Learn more about Jeff on our website.
What is your name & title/role?
Jeff Reibman, AIA, LEED AP BD+C. Principal
My role is primarily within the Mid-rise / Mixed Use Design Studio working on large, urban infill projects. I’m also involved with HR and I spend a fair amount of time on improving our processes and tools for project management and delivery. Beyond the direct office work, I also volunteer as a member of the Seattle Urban Forestry Commission and as a board member for The Seattle Great City Initiative.
Share a little about your background.
I grew up here in Seattle and on the Eastside; I feel a very strong tie to Seattle and the region. My family has been here for several generations and I see myself as a very Northwest kind of guy. Growing up, we spent a lot of time in the mountains and on the water, as well as in the city itself. I went to schools in both Bellevue and Seattle and graduated from Bellevue High. I left Seattle to attend Architecture school at the University of Oregon in Eugene and also spent half a year in Vail Colorado but I came right home to Seattle to start my career. It’s exciting to play a role in shaping my home town.
How long have you worked at Weber Thompson and why did you begin working here in the first place?
I started here over 11 years ago on April Fool’s day 2004. I had been working for a smaller firm on the eastside for a while and also had my own small design practice on the side but I was feeling really limited. Continue reading “Meet the Staff: Jeff Reibman”
If you’ve been down Pike or Pine Street lately, you’ve likely noticed all the new construction happening along this corridor. You may also be familiar with the projects, or perhaps at least the history. This area used to be a series of auto showrooms and dealerships – now known as ‘Auto Row.’
At Weber Thompson’s Pike Motorworks project (714 E. Pike Street), there is a little magic happening that you can’t see from the street. With relatively little street frontage, the project is very inward focused, with outdoor entries off the four surrounding streets designed to draw people into the courtyard at the heart of the project. It is within this courtyard where the magic is happening!
Last week, artist DeWitt Godfrey was in town installing his piece “Capital” which will have a front-and-center location in the courtyard, and can be glimpsed through both the Harvard and Boylston Street entries. Constructed of 18-gauge Cor-Ten steel, the sculpture is a stack of warped and weathered cylinders of different sizes, complimenting the refined industrial aesthetic suggested by the materiality and detailing of the project as a whole. Continue reading “Dewitt Godfrey’s Pike Motorworks custom sculpture wows”
With attention to the festivities of Bike-to-Work Day last Friday, a small group of us took to the streets by bike to familiarize ourselves with a number of Weber Thompson projects (some currently under construction), and see for ourselves how bike-friendly Seattle actually is! All-in-all we took a look at about 15 projects, from holes in the ground and nearly completed, to projects that have been standing for 10 – 20 years. It was a great day to get out on a bicycle, and see so many projects that have inspired trends in development, and will continue to do so in the future.
We started downtown with the deep holes that are 2nd + Pine and Potala Tower, also stopping to see Cristalla, Viktoria and Fifteen Twenty-One Second Avenue. We discussed how they respond to their context and contribute (both 3- and 4-dimensionally) to Seattle streets, skyline (the tree at Viktoria seems to be doing well!) and neighborhood development. Continue reading “A two-wheeled tour of Weber Thompson work”
We couldn’t be more excited that Sunset Electric won the NAIOP Night of the Stars Mid-Rise Multifamily Development of the Year Award! Congrats to The Wolff Company, Patrinely Group, Riverstone Residential Group and the rest of the project team.
Weber Thompson provided architecture, landscape architecture and interior design services for the project. Steve Cox, AIA, was the design consultant on the project.
Sunset Electric has been awarded LEED for Homes Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council! This is currently the highest possible LEED certification for environmental responsibility and efficiency.
Developed by The Wolff Company, this 92 unit mixed use apartment project has garnered buzz for its innovative, sustainable design and incorporation of the original 1916 structure’s large brick façade, reflective of Capitol Hill’s auto-row heritage. The building’s strong leasing rates bear out its success; over 70% of the units are occupied. Continue reading “Sunset Electric awarded LEED Platinum certification”
Demolition for the Sunset Electric Building has begun. For some, the construction fence and subcontractors and trades on site mark the end of a turf war between for-profit postering and militant feminist installations. For us at WT, this marks the start of breathing new life into a building that has fallen into disrepair, with its last few years providing little more to the neighborhood than a canvas for graffiti. With its proximity to Cal Anderson Park, its extension of retail along 11th Ave, and activation of the sidewalk and private alley along E. Pine Street, this building can – and will – be so much more.
Visible from the street through the empty garage door opening on 11th Ave and the alley window openings, the non-structural elements are being selectively demolished
Some pieces are being set aside for salvage, most notably the old-growth timbers in the primary structure of
the mezzanine. Continue reading “A journey of a thousand miles …”
On September 8th at the Pan Pacific Hotel, The City of Seattle launched the federally-funded 2030 District, which is “a groundbreaking, high-performance building district in Downtown Seattle that aims to dramatically reduce environmental impacts of building construction and operations, while increasing Seattle’s Competitiveness in the business environment and owner’s return on investment.” – www.2030district.org (Brian Geller, Executive Director and former Weber Thompson employee). In late June, Seattle 2030 District was one of three municipalities selected to be an early partner in President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge.
As part of the launch the city showcased existing buildings that currently meet, or come close to meeting, the 2030 district goals for buildings. They also showcased a few current projects (un-built) that have established the goal of meeting the 2030 District or 2030 Challenge goals. Sunset Electric was one project the city singled out for its projected exemplary energy performance, and they asked us if we would submit a board to display at the event.
We said yes, of course. This is a great endeavor that we whole-heartedly support.