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 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:
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.
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.
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.