Building upon the success of nearby DATA 1 and Watershed commercial office buildings, Living Stone is the second Weber Thompson project to participate in the Seattle Living Building Pilot Program (LBPP) for height and area incentives. The mass timber structure is pursuing the program’s Materials Petal while incorporating a robust rainwater catchment program, using an on-site 178-panel 100kW photovoltaic (PV) array and creative building efficiencies to meet the strict LBPP energy reductions. It sets a precedent for what a healthy, sustainable office building can be.
The project features a lively streetscape with active retail and a Pacific Northwest modern aesthetic thanks to the building’s timber frame. The design team was inspired by the patina of industrial structures in the area and wanted to create a modern expression of these forms. At the entrance to the building, a honeycomb-like timber canopy welcomes employees and visitors alike. It foreshadows a feature they’ll discover on site: a ‘periscope’ that provides a peek into the bee apiary on the roof of the building.
Located one block from the Burke-Gilman trail, Living Stone’s emphasis on bike amenities was a priority. The building contains a bicycle locker room with 126 bicycle stalls and 100 lockers as well as 18 bicycle stalls outside the building.
Rainwater – a precious yet abundant element in the PNW – is captured in an on-site 250,000 gallon cistern for use in the building for toilet flushing and irrigation. Stormwater that is not captured by the roof is mitigated and routed through interactive bio retention planters.
The building boasts 11 balconies, a 2,000 sf roof deck, and 135 operable windows, features that promote access to daylight, fresh air, and views of the surrounding neighborhood. Visual and acoustic connections to the natural world have proven to boost occupant health, mood, cognitive function and overall performance – ultimately benefiting office tenant employees. Additionally, an exterior feature stair entices occupants to save energy by avoiding the elevator, reap the health benefits of movement, and increase chance encounters with coworkers.
The project seeks to enhance the vibrant Wallingford and Fremont neighborhoods and the larger environment, and it’s not shy about it. Interactive dashboards in the lobby display project metrics toward water, energy and carbon goals. Educational signage describes landscape elements, and interpretive ‘benchmark’ artwork in the entry courtyard explains and expresses the building’s performance. Unique retail spaces with strong connections to the building’s outdoor areas provide enticing places to stop and gather.
Construction of Living Stone is slated to begin in 2020.
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