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”

Arcade Issue 34.1 Launch Party: Reflections on Influence


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”

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”

Meet the Staff: Skye Bredberg

Skye Bredberg

Skye Bredberg has a consistently positive attitude and a sharp mind, making her a great addition to Weber Thompson’s team of Associates. Learn more about Skye and what makes her unique in the Q & A below. 

Skye Bredberg RA, LEED AP, Associate, Project Architect

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

I have worked at WT for almost one and a half years. My favorite part of working here is the culture and working with very talented co-workers who strive to always do better work.

What project(s) are you working on at the moment?

I’m currently working on 425 Fairview, a complex mixed-use project in South Lake Union.

You were recently promoted! What does this mean to you?

I’m doing something right . . . kidding aside, I’m grateful to be recognized and excited to bring a new voice to the firm. I’m looking forward to being more involved in the firm’s inner workings and culture, getting to know my co-workers better, and working toward being a future leader at the firm. Continue reading “Meet the Staff: Skye Bredberg”

Prototype Urban Farm featured in WORLD CITY model exhibit

Seattle Architecture Foundation’s 16th Annual Exhibit, WORLD CITY explores the global cross pollination of design, international projects, the built environment’s role in world-wide environmental stewardship, and design’s role in promoting well-being in increasingly dense and diverse urban centers. The exhibit opens on September 19th, and  Weber Thompson is honored to once again be a participant in this great exhibit.

Get a sneak peak at the exhibit before it opens to the public by attending the preview reception on September 19th. It’s a great chance to mingle with industry leadership and meet the designers and architects behind the models. More information can be found on the Seattle Architecture Foundation website.

Weber Thompson’s Entry

Delving deeper into the urban agriculture research from the past several years, our designers are looking to current projects to explore the blurred boundaries between urban and rural, and have been re-envisioning wasted rooftop surfaces and traditional amenity spaces to include greenhouses and green roofs. Consequently, our submission to this year’s SAF Model Exhibit is an urban farm project that our Innovation & Research studio has been working on recently. Pike Motorworks is a mixed-use building being developed by The Wolff Company on Capitol Hill, and serves as an ideal platform for this conceptual research.  Continue reading “Prototype Urban Farm featured in WORLD CITY model exhibit”