Green Stormwater Infrastructure work continues in Fremont

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A massive stormwater cleanup effort in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood is underway, and the second and third phases of the project are now complete. Dubbed the Aurora Bridge Bioswale Project, the effort includes three distinct phases of landscaping, each of which cleans toxic stormwater through Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) principles. The three phases are located at the intersection of Troll Avenue N and N 34th Street in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. Continue reading “Green Stormwater Infrastructure work continues in Fremont”

The Future of Buildings Already Exists

The sustainable architecture conversation has shifted somewhat in recent years from energy to carbon. Lowering energy use in buildings used to be a goal in and of itself, but today we think of lower energy use contributing to a lower “carbon impact” – a shorthand for greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to a changing global climate. From Renovate, Retrofit, Reuse, a paper published by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in September 2019:

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It’s All In The Details: Solis Passive House Project Aces Its First Test

Countless hours of hard work, collaboration and dedication to building an ultra-energy efficient multifamily Passive House project have paid off. Solis, our project located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, recently hit a very important milestone: it aced its preliminary air barrier test! Continue reading “It’s All In The Details: Solis Passive House Project Aces Its First Test”

[WEBINAR] Solis Condominiums: A Case Study for Multifamily Passive House Construction

Certified Passive House Consultants Emily Doe and Aaron Swain recently presented the “Solis Condominiums: A Case Study for Multifamily Passive House Construction” webinar with the PHIUS (Passive House Institute US).  Their discussion includes the top ten tips for pursuing this standard for multifamily buildings and also references case studies from their own projects.

Watch the full webinar presentation below and learn more in their recent blog post “Top 10 Tips for Multi-Family Passive House Design.”

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SalmonSafe and Clean Lake Union receive recognition at King County Green Globes Awards

Imagine a world if…all the water was clean enough for salmon to thrive, orcas to live long lives and all humans were safe from pollution; a place where children can swim without fear of toxins in water that is so clean and clear it’s the color of turquoise ice. Continue reading “SalmonSafe and Clean Lake Union receive recognition at King County Green Globes Awards”

Earth Month Project Feature: 1400 Madison


A hodgepodge of past-their-prime commercial properties will soon transform into one of Seattle’s first  high-rise affordable housing developments at 1400 Madison Street. Bellwether, Plymouth Housing and Weber Thompson are answering the call from community stakeholders by creating new housing that serves a triple purpose: to house formerly homeless seniors and workforce housing families, to implement passive house principles at scale, and to make it all affordable. In honor of Earth Month, we’re celebrating three of the project’s most innovative sustainable features.

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Earth Month Project Feature: Building C at Othello Square


The inspiration for Othello Square was the people who live there. Under the threat of displacement, a public-private partnership was formed for a 2.5 year master planning effort that Weber Thompson helped develop. A united vision links four distinct buildings, of which Weber Thompson is designing Building C — a seven-story building comprised of workforce housing, childcare, and a medical clinic. In honor of Earth Month, we’re celebrating three of the project’s most innovative sustainable features.

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