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By Scott Thompson

Scott Thompson passed away December 12th, 2017 after a long fight with cancer. We remember him as a great mentor and good friend, who cared deeply about the people at Weber Thompson, and made sure that everyone who worked for him had their contributions and worth acknowledged and celebrated before his own. He is missed.

A Founding Principal at Weber Thompson, Scott Thompson retired at the end of 2015 with over 35 years of architectural and planning experience, specializing in high-density, urban infill and mixed-use buildings. He also worked on commercial structures, planned-unit developments, high-end condominiums, multifamily housing, hospitality projects, health clubs and custom single-family residences during his career.

The Terry Thomas took First Place in the New Commercial Buildings Category at the ASHRAE Technology Awards in Orlando, Florida back in January.

We have compiled performance data for 2009 and are encouraged to see that the building has exceeded our projections for energy usage.

Stantec’s initial modeling suggested that our building would consume 30-40% less energy than a typical class A office building.

As it turns out, we are consuming 56% less energy based on the Department of Energy’s National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency metric.

The average Energy Use Intensity for a class A office building in Seattle is 78 kBtu/sf/yr and nationally the EUI is just under 80 kBtu/sf/yr. Our building is tracking at 34.1 kBtu/sf/yr.

The Terry Thomas met the AIA 2030 challenge when we moved in – April 2008 – and is slightly under the target of a 60% energy reduction by 2010.

The good news is that the building is fully leased in very difficult times. The building’s broker, Urbis Partners, points to the sustainable strategies/environment that gave The Terry Thomas the market edge. Summer is right around the corner and we look forward to opening a few windows (248 to be exact) and capturing the courtyard for an evening or two.

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