[PRESS RELEASE] Cedar Speedster honored with Regional Design Excellence award from WoodWorks

February 26, 2021

Cedar Speedster Architecture

Cedar Speedster has been recognized with a Regional Design Excellence award from WoodWorks.

Cedar Speedster, a three-story heavy timber, 30,000 SF mixed-use retail-office building in Fremont located at 401 N 36th Street, has received a 2021 Regional award for Design Excellence from WoodWorks – Wood Products Council. The 2021 Wood Design Awards celebrate excellence in wood building design and spotlight its continued rise in popularity across the U.S.

Local architecture firm Weber Thompson played multiple roles in the design of Cedar Speedster, serving as architect and landscape architect for the building and interior designer for Revel’s new restaurant space.

Cedar Speedster’s interior features exposed wood ceilings and heavy timber framing. The project uses traditional wood building typology in a contemporary way, leveraging the sustainability of the local, renewable resource.

“Our goal with this project was to tap into the pulse of Fremont by celebrating the region’s connection to industry and timber. We’re honored to be recognized in the Wood Design Awards for this effort,” said Cody Lodi, the project’s designer and a Principal at Weber Thompson.

“This year’s award winners of the Wood Design Awards epitomize the innovation, resilience, and flexibility required for projects to flourish in a changing world. We’re excited to see design and development teams approaching projects holistically, with buildings that respond uniquely to their communities,” said WoodWorks President and CEO, Jennifer Cover.

Nominations from across the country were evaluated by an independent jury that included:

  • Clare Archer, Vice President/Senior Director, Gilbane Building Company, Washington, DC
  • Kate Diamond, FAIA, LEED AP, Civic Design Director, HDR, Los Angeles, CA
  • Julie Hiromoto, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, Director of Integration, Principal, HKS Inc., Dallas, TX
  • John Mitchell, Associate Partner, Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, Chicago, IL

Cedar Speedster includes the restaurants Revel, Local Tide and Aslan Brewing as the retail tenants. Seattle-based retailer evo and the development team at evolution Projects has made Cedar Speedster their new headquarters, occupying 21,000 SF of the office portion of the building.

Cedar Speedster was developed by evolution Projects and Hess Callahan Grey Group. Turner Construction was the general contractor for Cedar Speedster. DCI Engineers provided structural engineering and KPFF provided civil engineering services. Rob Hutchison Architecture was the tenant improvement architect for the evo office build out and Heliotrope designed the Aslan and Local Tide spaces. Construction on Cedar Speedster began in July, 2018, and the core and shell construction was complete in July, 2019. The tenant improvements were completed in the spring of 2020.

Learn more in this press release from WoodWorks.


About Weber Thompson

Seattle-based Weber Thompson is a full service, West coast design firm specializing in architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture. This award-winning company has a staff of 70 design and construction professionals, housed in Watershed, a deep-green office building in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. Since 1988, Weber Thompson has developed a diverse practice with projects that include high-rises, high-density urban infill, residential, commercial office, hospitality, and affordable housing projects. Weber Thompson seeks effective results through a thoughtful and collaborative design process. Learn more at www.weberthompson.com or contact Weber Thompson at (206) 344-5700 or press@weberthompson.com.

About evolution Projects

evolution Projects is a small development team with a focus on engaging the community and great businesses with unique projects. They take a holistic approach to development.

About Hess Callahan Grey Group

Hess Callahan Grey Group is a partnership between the Seattle-based company Hess Callahan, and Mark Grey, a principal at Stephen C. Grey & Associates, LLC (SCGA). The team has a depth of experience in commercial development spanning 65 years and dozens of diverse projects including office, retail, multifamily, and marina uses. Together, the team focuses on innovative and sustainable commercial projects that are integrated into the fabric of their neighborhoods. The team’s portfolio includes DATA 1 (2017 NAIOPWA Office Development of the Year), Watershed (2020 NAIOPWA Sustainable Commercial Development of the Year) and Cedar Speedster.

About Revel

Part of the Relay Restaurant Group, Revel – a lively, casual space filled with bright art and music – has been attracting crowds with its menu of street food-style comfort food including dumplings, savory pancakes, noodles, and rice bowls since 2010. Revel features unique lunch, happy hour, and dinner specials that cater to the neighborhood. Learn more at www.relayrestaurantgroup.com.

About Aslan Brewing Company

Founded in 2012 by Frank Tosset and Jack Lamb, Aslan Brewing Company is a Bellingham-based sustainable microbrewery, exclusively brewing USDA Certified Organic beer for the Pacific Northwest. As a Certified B Corporation, Aslan is committed to pushing the boundaries of craft beer while preserving the triple bottom line: People, Planet, Profit. Visit www.aslanbrewing.com to learn more.

About Local Tide

Local Tide is a Seattle-based fast casual seafood eatery founded by Victor Steinbrueck. Its mission is to showcase a passion for seafood by creating approachable dishes that highlight offerings of the northwest’s waterways. Learn more at www.localtide.com.



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