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.

Client Name

Steven C. Grey & Associates


Seattle, WA


2014, 2019


Environmental Graphic Design


Leslie Riibe
Environmental Graphic Design

Program Overview

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


Occupant education

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.

Enticing cyclists

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.

“The Terry Thomas provides a window into the soul of a firm that practices what it preaches and whose approach to sustainability is as much rooted in common sense as it is in the eco-enthusiasm of its employees.”

Jim Schneider, eco-structure, 6.2008

Terry Thomas Environmental Graphics in the News

Seattle office building engages tenants to reduce energy use
Development Magazine | NAIOP
Summer, 2014

Terry Thomas encourages tenants to cut energy use
Daily Journal of Commerce
March, 2014

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