Meet the Staff: Jeff Reibman

Weber Thompson Principal Jeff ReibmanPrincipal 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”

The Difficulty of Quantifying Green Design


What is the value of green design? How do we quantify it? How do we sell it to project owners, operators, investors and tenants? 

In today’s Green Building special section of the Daily Journal of Commerce, Weber Thompson Senior Associate Myer Harrell AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Homes, raises some questions in search of making a business case for green. We know green buildings are better buildings, but can we prove they make good financial sense as well? Continue reading “The Difficulty of Quantifying Green Design”

Sunset Electric awarded LEED Platinum certification


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”

Letting in the light: an update from Sunset Electric

It’s been about a year since we’ve posted an update about our project at 11th and East Pine Street in Capitol Hill. Sunset Electric – named after the original 1926 structure which once housed an auto electrical supply showroom (and later a sporting goods store and an auto spray shop) – is roughly two-thirds through construction.

Demolition (see our previous post about the project) took us through February of this year, and the laborious process of reinforcing the existing historic structure spanned about four months. Now, five new levels are rising above the existing Sunset Electric facade.

We had an Owner/Architect/Contractor (OAC) coordination meeting a while back and took the opportunity to snap a few photos to share an update. The project includes a variety of interesting techniques and methods that you don’t see every day, so it’s a great example of the extra effort and coordination required for a project of this type.

And now, may the virtual tour begin: Continue reading “Letting in the light: an update from Sunset Electric”

Weber Thompson leading the way in Seattle’s energy use goals

Seattle is at the forefront when it comes to environmental awareness and green design. At Weber Thompson, we take these issues rather seriously. Our offices are LEED Platinum certified, our building, The Terry Thomas is LEED Gold certified, most of our projects are aiming for some level of LEED or other certifications, and we actively educate our clients about the benefits of building green. But despite the efforts on the part of our firm and others, heating, lighting, cooling and ventilation of buildings still accounts for approximately 40% of global carbon emissions, and construction of new buildings accounts for at least 10%. Clearly, something needs to change.

Continue reading “Weber Thompson leading the way in Seattle’s energy use goals”

A journey of a thousand miles …

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 …”

Sunset Electric at the 2030 District Launch Party

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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.” – (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.