SEATTLE – March 17, 2009 – Weber Thompson's new 27,000 sf office space in The Terry Thomas, also designed by the firm, earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification for Commercial Interiors from the U.S. Green Building Council, a national organization that recognizes achievements in sustainable or “green” construction. The commercial interiors of Weber Thompson’s office were designed and submitted for LEED Platinum certification by Weber Thompson, a full service architecture, interior, community and urban design and landscape architecture firm.
The interiors represent one of only two commercial offices in Washington State to achieve LEED Platinum certification for Commercial Interiors and only one in twenty world-wide to achieve this high standard. The LEED Platinum certification follows on the heels of The Terry Thomas certification for LEED Gold certification for Core and Shell.
"The LEED Platinum certification is really the icing on the cake. Not only is the building LEED Gold certified and our space a delightful, light filled and healthy place to work, it is an interior environment now recognized as a pinnacle of sustainable design", said Peter David Greaves AIA, LEED AP, Principal for Weber Thompson who led the design team.
As designer and client, the firm was faced with the rare challenge of creating their own ideal, creative work environment that illustrated the firm’s dedication to sustainable design. The design team took a collaborative approach and after a series of intensive meetings, an employee survey and focus groups with staff members, consultants, city representatives and owners, it was determined that the building would feature passive ventilation, extensive day lighting, sustainable materials, and would aim for LEED certification. To build upon this culture of collaboration and social interaction, the office was designed with generous casual break-out spaces, a large kitchen and lounge, and open workstations that encourage conversation and the sharing of ideas.
The building is Seattle’s first to be developed without air-conditioning in decades. In addition, the architectural team determined that daylight would be the primary light source. Operable windows, sunshades and perimeter radiant heating allow individuals or small clusters of people to control the temperature of their space. The circulation paths in the building are along the glass on the outside of the building and on the courtyard, mitigating extremes in light, temperature and solar gain. Workstations have a maximum height of 46" to allow all employees to have direct outside views and transparent panels allow daylight to penetrate. Predominantly light colors are used (white walls, furnishings and work surfaces, and light colored partitions) to enhance day lighting. Indirect overhead light minimizes glare and provides soft, even lighting controlled by sensors that turn on only when daylight is not sufficient. High efficiency task lights provide individual control of light levels on the work surfaces.
“Our new office space meets the goals of the triple bottom line; our staff couldn’t be happier working in a beautiful space that highlights our commitment to sustainability and that was built on a very modest budget”, said Senior Principal, Kristen Scott, AIA, LEED AP. Of the firm’s employees, 63% are LEED-Accredited Professionals.
Weber Thompson’s office space has been recognized numerous times along with The Terry Thomas for its strong design and sustainable features. It received a Commendation in the 2008 AIA Seattle Honor Awards; was named Sustainable Development of the Year by the Washington State Chapter of NAIOP, placed second in the ASID NW Design Award Competition and placed third in the E-commercial (environmentally responsible commercial) category in Eco-Structure Magazine’s inaugural Evergreen Awards and selected by The Associated Builders and Contractors Association of Western Washington as winner of the Excellence in Construction Award-Sustainable Building Category.
EDITOR’S NOTE: High resolution images of The Terry Thomas are available on request.
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About Weber Thompson
Weber Thompson was founded in 1987 as an architectural firm focused primarily on urban in-fill, mixed-use projects. The firm has since evolved into a highly diversified design agency with capabilities in four complementary design disciplines: Architecture, Interior Design, Community and Urban Design and Landscape Architecture. With special attention to its clients’ vision and the environment, as well as careful collaboration between client and design/construction teams, Weber Thompson’s primary objective is to design exceptional, sustainable projects that help its clients find success. For more information, visit www.weberthompson.com or contact Weber Thompson at (206) 344-5700 or email@example.com.