The Terry Thomas, a LEED Gold certified office building located in South Lake Union, celebrated its sixth birthday in 2014 by engaging the building’s tenants to work towards decreasing the building’s energy usage 17% by 2015. The building has historically used about 50% less energy than a comparable building, and this engagement will build upon that.
This award-winning building was Seattle’s first major office building in decades to be developed without air conditioning. The passive cooling system features operable windows, automated louvers and a courtyard that helps draw air through work spaces, especially in warm summer months. The building achieved a LEED Gold Certification for Core & Shell, and contains Weber Thompson’s offices which are certified LEED Platinum for Commercial Interiors.
Weber Thompson and the building management company, Stephen C. Grey and associates spearheaded an effort to track energy use and engage the tenants of the building. The thesis of this effort is the recognition that while strategic sustainable design is key in energy efficiency, ongoing improvement can only occur when all tenants are engaged in the energy conservation goals of the building.
Weber Thompson’s graphic design studio designed a new set of environmental graphics and wayfinding signage for the building that encourages use of the internal stairs rather than the elevator. The stairwell includes data about overall building energy use, provides space for tracking data in the future, defines key terms and metrics for building energy use, and gives stair users insight about how their efforts are making a difference in the building’s energy use. The team will use utility data aggregated in EPA's Energy Star Portfolio Manager, normalized for weather, in the long-term tracking effort.
Environmental Graphics / Graphic Design
LEED Certification Documentation
Seattle Office Building Engages Tenants to Reduce Energy Use
Development Magazine | NAIOP
Terry Thomas encourages tenants to cut energy use
Daily Journal of Commerce