WT in search of talented Landscape Architect

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Weber Thompson, an award winning architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and community/urban design firm has an opening on our landscape architecture team. Our projects are complex and you will work hard – but you will be alongside a great group of people who prioritize collaboration and humor in their day-to-day work. We work in a light filled, passively cooled office building in the middle of the highly energized South Lake Union neighborhood in Seattle.

Our office is a friendly and low-key, yet deadline-driven, environment with minimal egos, and we’re looking for a new Landscape Architect / Designer to join our team.

If you have a Bachelor or Master degree in Landscape Architecture and 5+ years of experience, preferably in a landscape/architecture office setting working on urban multifamily and commercial development projects, we want to meet you! You must have broad technical knowledge of design development, construction documentation, specifications and field experience as well as a comprehensive understanding of plant materials, horticultural best practices and efficient planting plan production. Excellent computer graphics and rendering skills including SketchUp and Adobe Creative Suite, as well as proficiency in AutoCAD are necessary.

If you believe you or someone you know might qualify for this position, head over to our careers page to learn more.

 

Project Update: Radius SLU

At SLU’s newest residential building, workers are installing the last few finishing touches. The project officially receives it’s certificate of occupancy this week.

Congratulations to the project owner GreystarRadius SLU boasts some of the best lake views to be found, great units with lots of natural light, and some pretty stellar amenity spaces. Weber Thompson’s mid-rise, landscape architecture, and interior design studios enjoyed collaborating with one another on this project. Because of this cohesion – the theme ‘Radius’ can be spotted throughout.

Take a quick peek around, but also stay tuned for final photography in the coming weeks. You can also learn a little more on the Radius website. Continue reading “Project Update: Radius SLU”

The Difficulty of Quantifying Green Design

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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 wins NAIOP award

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.

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Sunset Electric awarded LEED Platinum certification

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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”

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”

The Terry Thomas featured in two new books

Weber Thompson was recently featured in two new publications from The University of Washington Press, Daylighting Design in the Pacific Northwest and The Carbon Efficient City. Both books feature The Terry Thomas, praising it for being filled with great natural light, and for using passive cooling and other sustainable design strategies.

Daylighting Design in the Pacific Northwest

Studies have shown that natural light boosts morale and significantly affects circadian rhythm, mood, and mental performance. In Daylighting Design in the Pacific Northwest, The Terry Thomas is featured for using daylight as a sustainable design feature that also happens to create a pleasant working environment. In an interview with UW Today, Christopher Meek, one of the book’s authors, states that “The Pacific Northwest overcast is ideal for daylighting buildings. In most commercial and institutional spaces such as classrooms or offices the goal is to provide diffuse daylight for working illumination and our overcast sky is ideal for that. Continue reading “The Terry Thomas featured in two new books”

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.” – 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.

SLU LEED ND Certified – It’s official!!!

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After three years of research, studies, documentation and communications, the USGBC has confirmed the “South Lake Union Urban Center” is now a LEED certified plan for Neighborhood Development.

This is great news; the City of Seattle overcame a number of hurdles to achieve this certification. As the program isn’t structured well for municipalities and for multiple landowners, there are challenges inherent in applying the certification to an existing, evolving neighborhood, such as our beloved SLU. This certification represented, in effect, a snap shot of the neighborhood and does not take into account future plans, zoning changes or other policies that will greatly affect the neighborhood.

But, as those of us who have been following the EIS on the proposed rezoning and the Urban Design Framework (and those of us who have enjoyed one of those pretzels at Tom Douglas’s Brave Horse Tavern) know, this neighborhood is only going to get better as it evolves into a neighborhood with even higher levels of sustainability.

Weber Thompson was honored to work with the city pursuing this certification. We are thrilled certification was achieved and we look forward to the additional changes our beloved neighborhood has coming its way (especially if those involve a Thai Eatery, or maybe Teriyaki – Tom?).