Terry Thomas Environmental Graphics
Weber Thompson’s Graphic Design Studio designed a new set of environmental graphics and wayfinding signage for the award-winning Terry Thomas building in Seattle’s South Lake Union.
Steven C. Grey & Associates
Environmental graphics and wayfinding signage for 40,000 GSF LEED Gold Certified office building
Engages tenants through signage and ongoing data visualization to encourage behavioral shifts
PHOTOGRAPHY: WEBER THOMPSON
One of the core principles of The Terry Thomas building is reduced energy use. In 2013, Weber Thompson’s Graphic Design Studio was tapped to help create a set of applied graphics to educate building occupants about the importance of energy-reducing behaviors. The goal was to lower the building’s already low energy use, which is about 50% less than a comparable building.
Tracking & ongoing improvement
Weber Thompson’s Graphic Design Studio worked hand in hand with the building management company, Stephen C. Grey and Associates, to not only create the graphics, but track energy use and engage the tenants of the building. The thesis being that sustainable design is key in energy efficiency, but ongoing improvement can only occur when all tenants are engaged in the energy conservation goals of the building.
This new set of environmental graphics and wayfinding signage for the building encourages use of the internal stairs rather than the elevator. The stairwell includes data about overall building energy use, provides space for tracking data in the future, defines key terms and metrics for building energy use, and gives stair users insight about how their efforts are making a difference in the building’s energy use. In a later phase, additional graphics were applied to the exterior of a bike room added to the building’s parking level. This vibrant patterning made the bike room easier to find and more fun to use.