This past Saturday, about fifty people hopped onto stand up paddle boards and kayaks and raced across Lake Union. We weren’t racing for trophies, but for something much bigger. Continue reading “Making a splash at the first annual Clean Lake Union event”
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”
Weber Thompson’s Director of Sustainability, Myer Harrell, recently attended the AIA National Conference, where he presented as part of the panel “Living From Seattle’s Living Building Pilot Program.” The conference was filled with inspirational speakers and educational programs. Below, he captures some of the highlights.
At the first keynote of A’17 (the 2017 AIA Conference on Architecture), titled Anticipating the Need: Design that Cares, Pritzker Prize-winner Alejandro Aravena engaged the architect-filled audience by drawing diagrams on a white board to reinforce ideas as he spoke. Continue reading “AIA Convention Highlights”
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”
Last month, members of the Weber Thompson Sustainabilteam (WTST) did a happy dance after presenting the results of their Occupant Engagement Pilot Project: An Experiment on Plug Load Energy Consumption at a WT all-office meeting. The two-week-long competitive occupant energy awareness game, Building Blocks, took place in May, 2016. Continue reading “Weber Thompson’s Occupant Engagement Experiment”
In celebration of Earth Month, I want to take a minute to introduce the Weber Thompson SustainabiliTeam (WTST), our version of an internal green team. Despite working in ‘Ecotopia’ (the Pacific Northwest) and despite our progress toward well-sited, energy-efficient, water-efficient, lower-toxicity and lower-resource buildings, now more than ever we need strategic thinking and additional effort to continually improve our project portfolio. Continue reading “Doin’ Our Part: Meet the WT SustainabiliTeam”
It’s not every day that you see Blaine Weber digging in the dirt in downtown Seattle. But on March 14th he grabbed a shovel and joined the Nexus team at a ceremonial groundbreaking to kick off the start of construction of the iconic tower. Continue reading “Nexus breaks ground in Seattle’s East Village”
This week we sent out a newsletter highlighting our 2017 Impact Initiatives. Continue reading “Explore Our Impact Initiatives for 2017 & Beyond”
The AIA Seattle, Materials Matter educational series recently came to an end after 5 sessions on building materials and their environmental impact. The deep dive into material health was co-presented by the Puget Sound chapter of the CSI and took place at Seattle City Hall. Each session focused on an individual sub topic of materials and encouraged the use of interactive tools that can be used to implement the ideas discussed. Continue reading “Materials Matter Session 2 Recap by Mindi Caulley”
On September 29th, Weber Thompson Landscape Architecture Principal Rachael Meyer was featured in the Daily Journal of Commerce Environmental Outlook special section. Her article, titled “Reusing Stormwater Can Release Untapped Benefits,” suggests that green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) could help mitigate the effects of stormwater runoff in the urban environment. GSI works because it mimics natural systems to absorb, delay and clean the water within a natural watershed before it reaches a collecting body of water.
Read the article on the DJC to learn about GSI strategies, or visit our website to learn about the green stormwater strategies that will be used at the Fremont Office Building. Continue reading “Reusing Stormwater Can Release Untapped Benefits”