Two NEW green building tours by Seattle Architectural Foundation

The Terry Thomas: An Elegant, Environmentally-Correct Approach to Design
When: Friday, October 17
Group 1: 10:00am
Group 2: 11:30am
Cost: $15 advance registration required. No walk-ups accepted.
Register online or call the SAF office at 206.667.9184.
Where: Weber Thompson offices in The Terry Thomas. 225 Terry Ave., N., second floor

Seattle Architecture Foundation is partnering with Weber Thompson to present The Terry Thomas: An Elegant, Environmentally-Correct Approach to Design, a one-hour guided tour. The Terry Thomas is a highly sustainable, commercial building located in the South Lake Union neighborhood. Wrapped in windows, it is a building designed along a modern aesthetic with a combination of time-tested strategies from the pre-HVAC era and complimentary new technologies.

Led by Weber Thompson Principals Scott Thompson AIA, LEED AP and Peter David Greaves AIA, LEED AP, this tour explains how the project reduces its carbon footprint, the workings of the passive cooling system, strategies employed to reduce water usage by 50% and energy usage by 30% and how the building has met its original vision of thoughtful sustainable design and a workplace that contributes to the occupant’s well-being, satisfaction and productivity.

It is Seattle’s first commercial office structure developed in decades without central air conditioning and is a working demonstration of the possibilities of sustainable design. The building is attempting is a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification and the Weber Thompson tenant improvement is attempting LEED CI Platinum certification.

The project is purposefully located near transit and a future pedestrian corridor, building on civic amenities and encouraging employees to get out of their cars and walk, cycle or bus.
The former building—a 1920s vintage light industrial warehouse—was used as a practice space for one of Seattle’s defining bands, Pearl Jam. Most of the existing, two-story building was salvaged for any reusable building materials and components, especially the existing brick and heavy timber (a few bricks were squirreled away by adoring grunge fans). Rafn Company recycled 93% of materials during demolition and 94% of the construction waste.

Joseph Vance Building: Historic Building, Modern Green Design
When: Tuesday, November 11
Group 10:00am
Group 11:30am
Cost: $15 advance registration required. No walk-ups accepted. Register online or call the SAF office at206.667.9184.Where: Joseph Vance Building lobby, 1402 Third Avenue

Seattle Architecture Foundation is proud to present: Joseph Vance Building: Historic Building, Modern Green Design, a special one-hour look at one of the city’s most innovative building renovations.

Spearheaded by nationally known sustainable developer, Jonathan Rose Companies, the renovation of the 14-story Joseph Vance Building not only preserves the character of the historic building (designed by Victor Voorhees and constructed in 1929), but makes environmentally conscious improvements to increase energy efficiency and create a sustainable and healthy workplace.
The renovation is a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings (EB)® and ENERGY STAR® registered project.

On hand to discuss the specifics of the project will be Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP staff including: Don Miles, FAIA, LEED AP Principal, Naomi Cole, LEED AP Sustainability Coordinator, and Criss Fournier, Senior Interior Designer and Peter Alspach, PE Mechanical Engineer, ARUP and a representative from Representative from GVA Kidder Mathews’.

Elements of the project include restoring the building’s terra cotta façade, original ceilings, terrazzo floors, and operable windows, and updating the facility using sustainable materials, systems, and fixtures. Custom window shades and light shelves help preserve energy and maximize natural light while controlling heat gain and glare.

The design of a highly sustainable, 800 square foot Property Management Office incorporates elegant and simple ‘green’ elements including a conference table custom built from local, reclaimed trees; cabinetry using plyboo made from bamboo; and a natural color palette using environmentally friendly paints and finishes.

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About Wendy Hughes-Jelen

Wendy Hughes-Jelen is a Seattle-area Realtor® who is EcoBroker Certified® and is a Earth Advantage® Broker AND Built Green® Certified Professional. She helps people find and create their own healthy home, and is trained to assist those with chemical sensitivities, asthma, allergies, or other health concerns that indoor air quality can impact. Wendy is certified to use Energy Star's Portfolio Manager for Energy Efficiency Accounting and Benchmarking (NRGbenchmarking.com). Be sure to look for Westside Green Living With Wendy on Facebook.
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One Response to Two NEW green building tours by Seattle Architectural Foundation

  1. Anonymous says:

    I wish they had more of these types of tours down here in the Bay Area. Green building is really taking off, but it would be helpful to see some great examples. I will definitely let me Seattle friends know about these tours.

    Alan Bernier, Rofo – San Francisco Office Space

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