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”



Small but Mighty: Making a Big Impact with Tiny Houses

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As Architects and designers in Seattle, we see how a demand for housing in our city is affecting cost and availability, and contributing to an increase in homelessness. According to the 2016 “One Night Count” there were 10,047 people homeless in King County on January 29th, 2016, and 4,505 without shelter (statistics that are widely considered undercounts). Weber Thompson cares deeply about community, and as people who design shelter for a living, we asked ourselves, “What more can we do to help with this issue?” When we learned about the Low Income Housing Institute’s (LIHI) Tiny House work, we were inspired by their program and jumped at the chance to become more involved.

LIHI is dedicated to serving a wide variety of populations through a number of programs, including the operation of four (and growing) homeless encampments across the city for sheltering homeless families and individuals. LIHI’s encampments offer an improvement over the conditions of non-regulated encampments by providing safe and secure temporary housing, with access to services that can help homeless residents work to secure more permanent housing. LIHI’s village encampments are democratic and self-managed, have strict codes of conduct, include resident background checks, and work with communities to conscientiously integrate encampments into neighborhoods across the city. LIHI’s villages provide space for tent shelters and also Tiny Houses.

Tiny Houses are small, simple, sturdy sleeping structures. The structures have an open floor plan of about 8’x12’, a window, a lockable door, and may provide shelter for individuals, couples and families of up to four. The structures do not typically include power or water; these services are provided on site as a shared resource. Likewise, a common kitchen is used by residents for meals, as the tiny houses have no cooking facilities. LIHI already offers Tiny House assembly instructions (available to any community group interested in providing a unit) and Weber Thompson saw an opportunity to utilize our design skill sets to build upon LIHI’s Tiny House prototype. Continue reading “Small but Mighty: Making a Big Impact with Tiny Houses”



Arcade Issue 34.1 Launch Party: Reflections on Influence

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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”



Meet the Staff: Jason Hanner

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Jason Hanner is Weber Thompson’s passionate motorcycle expert, model maker and detail devotee. In January, he was promoted to Associate, recognition for his years of hard work and dedication to making Weber Thompson the firm that it is today. Congratulations, Jason!

Jason Hanner RA, LEED AP / Project Architect

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

A bit fuzzy.  I originally started in early ’99 while in school, took a leave of absence to study in Mexico for a semester, took another to finish my thesis, & then left to work for another firm for six months before coming back to WT at the end of June in 2005.

Hard to pick a favorite thing about working here, but I guess I would have to say the people I work with.

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

Evergreen Plaza in Bellevue is taking all of my time right now, it’s a 154-unit residential project in Downtown Bellevue.

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

I’ve always been someone who wants to do my job well and haven’t worried too much about the career track, but it feels great to get recognition and reach this milestone.

We know you don’t work all the time. What do you do on a typical Saturday morning? 

These days Saturday morning is spent with one or both of my young daughters.  We like to go swimming, to the park, or take the light rail to the central library (“the train library” according to Agatha). Continue reading “Meet the Staff: Jason Hanner”



Meet the Staff: Skye Bredberg

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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”



Meet the Staff: Aaron Swain

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Aaron Swain was recently promoted to Associate at Weber Thompson. He is a Project Architect and frequently pens posts for the WT blog. In addition to the interview below, you can learn more about him by perusing some of the articles written by or about him here

 

 

Aaron Swain, RA, Leed Green Associate / Associate, Project Architect

Did we mention he’s our resident Brewmaster?

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

Three and a half years.  I’ve held many different jobs in my life and my credo has always been “you can do anything, as long as you enjoy the people you do it with.”  The people at WT are the best.

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

I’m currently finishing out the construction phase of Pike Motorworks—the Certificate of Occupancy is imminent! I’m also assisting with detailing for the mid-rise portion of the 425 Fairview project for Greystar. Additionally, I’m helping kick off a deep green boutique apartment project in the heart of Capitol Hill.

You were recently promoted! What does this mean to you? Continue reading “Meet the Staff: Aaron Swain”



Meet the Staff: Brian Steinburg

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Last week, Weber Thompson announced the promotion of two new Principals and five new Associates. Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing you to all of these outstanding individuals.This week, meet Brian Steinburg, a Senior Project Manager in Weber Thompson’s High-Rise Design Studio. 

 

 

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

I was hired in 2000, so 15 years. The best thing about working at Weber Thompson is the people. I work with some of the most talented, hard working people in Seattle. It truly has a family feel within the office. This is no mistake, because the firm leadership has crafted this culture from the start.

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

970 Denny, a 400’ residential tower in South Lake Union. Aside from being the Sr. Project Manager for the project, I’m doing a lot of the detailing, which I haven’t done for a while. It’s a refreshing change to be working at that scale again.

You were recently promoted! What does this mean to you? Continue reading “Meet the Staff: Brian Steinburg”



Four design lessons learned during Construction Administration

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One week ago, a group of a dozen or so WT employees took time out of their busy schedules to take a “lessons learned” tour of Radius, a nearly-completed mid-rise residential project in the South Lake Union Neighborhood that Weber Thompson designed. (Thank you, Compass, for letting us host this after-construction-hours event!) The goal was to learn from the successes (and challenges) of Radius, through a better understanding of the construction process and the impacts it can produce on design and vice versa. We came away from the tour with four key takeaways:

1. Massing is key; it cannot be changed down the line.

Walking up on the project, you couldn’t help but acknowledge the general massing of a seven story building stepping down the rather steeply sloping site. In addition to the required steps to maintain code-compliant building height, Continue reading “Four design lessons learned during Construction Administration”