Commercial Office Design Studio
Commercial Office ITâ€™S ALL ABOUT THE WORK / LIFE BALANCE.
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Commercial and mixed-use are becoming Our Philosophy
ever more integrated, creating communities that embrace the idea of balance. This increases the opportunities for people to live a more sustainable, walkable life, where work, home and play can all be reached without the need for cars. Inside the office building, flexibility is essential, as is a healthy environment. While the workers might live nearby, they are still spending a lot of time at work, and keeping them healthy and productive is key. At Weber Thompson we understand the new office landscape as we live it every day at The Terry Thomas.
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Sustainable Design We believe that good design includes green building practices – integrating disciplines that create buildings, interiors and places that are not only good for the environment and community, they are essential to the health and well being of users, are easier to market, more efficient to operate and help “green” the bottom line. Weber Thompson is a member of the United States Green Building Council, a professional stakeholder member of the Seattle 2030 District, a signatory of the AIA 2030 Commitment, and a founding member of the Seattle Healthy Materials Collaborative. Our internal Green Team – the WT Sustainabiliteam – is led by Director of Sustainability Myer Harrell AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Homes. This task force focuses on internal and external green building education, runs projects through a ‘green audit’ to determine how they might be modified to meet stricter sustainability benchmarks, and assists with green building certification for our projects and staff. Speaking of which, our office has over forty LEED Accredited Professionals, two Certified Passive House Consultants, and a SITES Accredited Professional.
S ELEC TED V I S I O N A RY PROJ EC T S & R ES E A RC H: Architecture @ Zero UCSF Net Zero Student Housing Project Honor Award recipient 2017 Eleven Magazine Biomimicry Design Competition Honorable Mention recipient (RainBellows) Recipient of the 2017 Vision Award for Water at the 2030 District Vision Awards (DATA 1) Newark Vertical Farm Eco-Laboratory, winner 2008 GreenBuild Natural Talent Design Competition Office Building of the Future R&D for Intellectual Ventures
Weber Thompsonâ€™s Commercial Office Team (L to R): Brittany Porter, Rachael Meyer, Rachael Bauer, Marc Furst, Cody Lodi, Bernadette Rubio, Kristen Scott, Jack Himmelheber, Neha Goel, Myer Harrell, Carrie Hinshaw and Mark Dorsey. *Todd Mayne is not pictured
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Commercial Office Team Kristen Scott AIA, LEED® AP As Managing Partner of Weber Thompson for more than 20 years, Kristen Scott is the head of Weber Thompson’s Commercial Office team. Her background spans from designing a broad range of multifamily and mixed-use buildings to leading teams designing commercial tenant improvements and high performance office buildings.
Myer Harrell AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, Homes Principal Myer Harrell is known throughout Seattle as a thoughtful dedicated architect with a passion for smart sustainable design. At Weber Thompson, he is our Director of Sustainability overseeing and consulting on projects to ensure appropriate levels of sustainable design. Myer was a member of the award-winning design team for Eco-Laboratory which won the national USGBC 2008 Natural Talent Design Competition and a key member of the Office Building of the Future R&D team.
Todd Mayne AIA, LEED® AP BD+C Principal Todd Mayne is a Senior Project Manager at Weber Thompson specializing in construction administration and quality assurance. His professional interests and passions include building technology and the process of bringing a project from concept to completion. Todd has worked on a variety of projects including Talking Rain’s Corporate Headquarters, Rival Fitness, The Post and numerous tenant improvement projects.
Bernadette Rubio IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED® AP Interior Design Principal Bernadette Rubio has 22 years of experience in interior and architectural design for projects all over the country and China, from commercial office tenant improvements to hospitality and residential design. She joined Weber Thompson in 2012, helping the Interior Design studio grow in size and reputation during the subsequent years. In 2016, she was promoted to Principal, and now pilots the firm’s studio of eight interior designers.
Cody Lodi AIA, LEED® AP Cody is a Principal with over ten years of experience envisioning, managing and executing projects ranging from Living Building commercial offices to mixed use and multifamily residential work. Cody is passionate about sustainable, functional design and infuses his work with these principles. Additionally, he is an advocate for the use of virtual and augmented reality tools in the design industry and regularly uses new technology to communicate spatial experience to clients and end users. 5
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Office Experience In 2008, we moved into The Terry Thomas, an office of our own design that is filled with natural ventilation and daylight. The move into this office building transformed our company’s ethos into one driven by the interaction between sustainability and human-centered design principles. It was a win-win approach because it turns out that what’s good for employees tends to also be good for the environment – as well as the bottom line. Businesses evolve rapidly, and office design needs to be flexible to accommodate the ever-shifting industry. Work environments have a major impact on employees – their health, productivity and overall morale. Designed well, they can provide a supportive environment that can lead to better retention, happier employees and more successful businesses. In the following pages, you’ll learn how we’ve put this methodology to work for a variety of clients. We hope you’ll see that we can do it for you, too. 7
DATA 1 S E AT T L E , WA
Weber Thompson was approached to design a highly sustainable office project in Seattle’s self-proclaimed ‘Center of the Universe.’ The site and program offer many opportunities to create a handsome building that embraces high performance building design. With a strong east-west orientation, the site is ideal for passive solar design. Pursuing LEED Gold certification, DATA 1 is designed to reduce energy 30% below a baseline building. Form strategies include a large interior courtyard and extensive glazing for natural daylighting with sensor controlled interior lighting. In addition, a highly efficient, flexible HVAC system and operable windows will maximize individual environmental control. Natural materials, human scale and texture will give this high performance office building personality and warmth to fit easily into the quirky quilt-work of Fremont.
Office Development of the Year 2017 NAIOP Night of the Stars Vision Award for Water 2017 Seattle 2030 District’s Vision Award Winner More than 11,850 sf of ground-floor retail and 113,000 sf of commercial office space Tableau Software is the future tenant of the building SERVICES
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Highly sustainable commercial office project with integrated design strategies Contains bike lockers with storage for 200 bicycles on site Incorporates art and historic elements, including a piece of the historic Berlin wall A series of bioretention cells treat stormwater before returning it to the waterway that connects to Lake Union Project is Salmon-Safe certified
C LE A N I N G S E AT TLE’ S WATERWAYS Along the east edge of the project site, the Aurora Bridge empties stormwater runoff directly onto Troll Avenue. This water typically flows downhill into dedicated storm drains that discharge into Lake Union without ever being treated. When completed, the project will redirect this runoff into a series of deep bioretention cells running alongside the building. These planters will be densely planted with vegetation that naturally scrubs stormwater, allowing dissolved pollutants to settle before the water – much cleaner than before – is diverted back into Lake Union. Adjacent to these planters, a stair climb and new sidewalk will use signage to educate the public about this voluntary altruistic feature and lead pedestrians up the slope of Troll Avenue, a frequent path for neighbors and tourists climbing to see the Troll sculpture dwelling beneath the bridge.
LEED Gold certified for core & shell
Watershed S E AT T L E , WA
Under Seattle’s Living Building Pilot’s third version, this commercial office building in the Fremont neighborhood will be visionary in its material selection, response to the environment and urban context with supplemental energy, water, and stormwater reduction targets. The project includes a 7-story, approximately 61,000 SF office building with approximately 5,000 SF of retail at grade. Two frontages include vibrant pedestrian environments as well as treatment of stormwater from the historic Aurora Bridge. This project links the core of Fremont with the quickly expanding Stone Way developments and reinforces the neighborhood’s collection of high performance buildings.
RainBellows Conceptual Biomimicry Solution – Merit Award Analysis and Planning 2017 WASLA Awards Over 200,000 gallons of roof water collected and reused on site Over 300,000 gallons of runoff from streetscapes, including the Aurora Bridge, are diverted and cleaned before entering Lake Union SERVICES Architecture Landscape Architecture Environmental Graphic Design
Cedar Speedster S E AT T L E , WA
In Seattleâ€™s Fremont neighborhood, an urban renaissance is quietly taking place. In the mix is a proposed three-story office building at 36th & Phinney on the site of the beloved Korean street food restaurant, Revel. When it opens in 2019, it will contain not only a new home for Revel, but also 4,600 sf of additional ground level retail and office space, two upper levels of office and one level of below-grade parking. This new structure will pay homage to the neighborhoodâ€™s industrial, lumber and saw mill history with heavy timber construction, exposed wood car decking ceilings and exterior cedar cladding. The exposed building structure will celebrate the unparalleled character that only natural materials and time-tested construction techniques can create. Energy modeling was utilized early in the design process to identify areas posing glare and heat gain issues; from those exercises, covered decks were added on upper levels and glazing was minimized on south and west facades.
Three story timber building in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle 22,000 sf of commercial office with 10,000 sf of underground parking 5,000 sf retail, 2,100 sf of which will be occupied by Revel SERVICES
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Fremont NorthShore Building S E AT T L E , WA
Fremont NorthShore is a commercial building that takes advantage of its assets. Jaw dropping views of Lake Union and downtown Seattle are maximized with floor to ceiling glass and a large rooftop terrace. A dramatic two story mews connects the building and shoreline beyond with the adjacent Burke-Gilman Trail, providing walkers and bikers direct access, along with extensive in-building bicycle parking and showers. This three story, minimalist building strengthens the neighborhoodâ€™s geographic connections and improves the pedestrian experience on both sides of the building through landscape and safety improvements to the bike trail, and by adding sidewalks, angled parking and landscaping to Northlake Way North streetscape.
3-story building with 7,000 sf of ground-floor retail and 30,000 sf of commercial office space Pass-thru mews connects N Northlake Way to Burke-Gilman Trail SERVICES
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Sustainable strategies are found throughout the building, with quality daylighting, and operable windows offering tenants fresh air. An extensive storm water mitigation strategy is found top to bottom, from a full coverage green roof to lushly planted biofiltration planters along the sidewalk. 17
Ballard Blocks II S E AT T L E , WA
Building on the destination retail provided by the Ballard Blocks I Retail Center, Ballard Blocks II expands the neighborhood’s identity into a shopping and human services district anchored by both local and national tenants. Comprised of three distinct buildings linked by pedestrian plazas and pass-throughs, the development brings additional retail, grocery, child care and marine sales to the neighborhood. BBII’s design echoes the historic maritime and forestry industry of the neighborhood. Pedestrian walk paths recall Ballard’s original wood plank streets, and the project’s massing mimics the shaping of the waterfront. Pops of bright yellow-greens and rusty reds seen in the mottled metal surfaces brought on by Ballard’s century of boat traffic and marine life are threaded throughout the project as wayfinding elements. The project borders The Burke Gilman Trail with a structure that will serve as an east gateway into the site and will be reserved for either a local brewery, bike-shop or café. Extensive surface water mitigation and lush vegetation will offset the many hard surfaces of the surrounding sites and activate a traditionally industrial maritime portion of the neighborhood.
Mixed-Use project on a former industrial site in Ballard’s Industrial neighborhood Project will contain a grocery store, a marine retailer, small restaurants and retail, childcare and commercial office Full block development will total of more than 100,000 square feet when complete SERVICES
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The Terry Thomas S E AT T L E , WA
“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 The Terry Thomas is a highly sustainable, LEED Gold for Core and Shell certified commercial building located in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Wrapped in windows, it is a building designed along a modern aesthetic with a combination of timetested strategies from the pre-HVAC era and complimentary new technologies. It is Seattle’s first commercial office building structure developed in decades without central air conditioning and is a working demonstration of the endless possibilities of sustainable design. The design choices made for The Terry Thomas reflect changing attitudes about the environment, climate change and employee well-being. The building reduces its carbon footprint with no air conditioning, reduced lighting, a feature stair that encourages use,
2009 AIA National COTE Top Ten Green Projects Award A four story, 40,000 sf commercial building with two levels of sub-grade parking LEED Gold certified for Core and Shell WT Offices are certified LEED Platinum Commercial Interiors Consumes 56% less energy than a typical class A office building based on the Department of Energy’s National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency Metric
and a single elevator. The passive cooling system features operable windows, automated louvers and a courtyard. Warm air is drawn into the central courtyard, which acts as a chimney, sending it skyward. Glass sunshades, exterior automated blinds, and a reflective roof protects occupants from solar heat gain. Designing to optimize the natural ventilation went hand in hand with enabling natural light to penetrate the building, dramatically reducing the need for electrical lighting. Both strongly contribute to occupantsâ€™ wellbeing, satisfaction and productivity â€“ part of The Terry Thomasâ€™s original vision.
Passive cooling system featuring operable windows, automated louvers and a courtyard
Saves 45-50% water usages through storm water drainage system, efficient plumbing fixtures and waterless urinals 30% energy savings over typical commercial office through efficient hydronic heating, efficient equipment, electronically controlled lighting, ample daylighting, high windows, and white reflectant ceilings and interior surfaces Efficient material use by using exposed structure as finish, recyclable materials and materials with recycled content
Individual control over thermal environment occurs through multiple thermostats, operable windows, and task lights for all employees CO2 sensors throughout the office monitor indoor air quality and automatically open louvers to allow fresh air in Used only low VOC adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings and primers; Green Label Plus Program carpet; Green Guard certified workstations and task chairs; and no urea-formaldehyde in any interior product
TER RY TH O M A S I NTER I O R D ES I G N Weber Thompsonâ€™s Offices are probably the best offices anyone here has ever worked in. Fresh air, natural daylight, climate control and a solid connection with the outside all work together to make this a great place to spend 50% of our waking week. As designer and client, we were faced with the rare challenge of creating our own ideal, creative work environment that reflected our culture and gave us a chance to try out some sustainable strategies. We took a collaborative approach and after a series of intensive meetings, an employee survey and focus groups with staff members, consultants, city representatives and owners, it was determined that the office (and by extension, the building) would feature passive ventilation, extensive daylighting, sustainable materials and would aim for LEED certification. Staff members were included throughout the design process and were able to offer their opinions on everything from storage needs to creative re-use for salvaged materials from the construction site. The result is a feeling of ownership and pride from those of us who occupy it and breathe its fresh air daily. 23
TER RY TH O M A S EN V I RO N M ENTA L D ES I G N Seattleâ€™s first major office building to be developed without air conditioning in decades utilizes passive strategies including operable windows, automated louvers and a central courtyard. Weber Thompson and building management, Stephen C. Grey & Associates, spearheaded an effort to track energy use and engage the tenants of the building in lowering energy consumption even further. The thesis of this effort is the recognition that while strategic sustainable design is key in energy efficiency, ongoing improvement can only occur when all tenants are engaged in the energy conservation goals of the building.
Environmental graphics and wayfinding signage for LEED Gold Certified office building Engages tenants through signage and ongoing data visualization Educates visitors by defining key terms and metrics for building energy use
WTâ€™s graphic design studio created a new set of environmental graphics and wayfinding signage for the building that 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 buildingâ€™s energy use.
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Talking Rain Corporate Headquarters PR E S TO N , WA
Almost every surface in Talking Rain’s new offices is available in case inspiration strikes. Glass walls double as pseudo white boards, ready for notes; desks have both tackable and white board panels; in the marketing office, a central layout work space for building store displays help hone how the product is marketed. In the conference room, a large, interactive touch screen supports conferencing and brainstorming, while barn doors made of reclaimed wood slide away to reveal a presentation wall. The conference room and Research & Development area are separated by a rustic wood wall that displays the company’s legacy product, lit from above to create a glow around the bottles. Seeking to be a more sustainable, environmentally friendly company, Talking Rain features work stations locally commissioned with low cubicle walls and clean surfaces marking the firm’s first foray into a streamlined, more digitally focused work process.
Tenant improvement in existing product warehouse 7,684 gsf new office space for a local beverage company Desks commissioned locally from Watson Furniture SERVICES
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Specialized light fixtures were selected for the lobby and Research & Development lab Reclaimed wood doors used throughout the project Project contains multiple openconcept office areas, a variety of meeting rooms of various sizes, a board room, and private offices, in addition to a lunch room, Research & Development lab and reception lobby area
TA LK I N G R A I N CO NTI N U ED The offices are carved out of the companyâ€™s existing warehouse, and act as a palette to inform other Talking Rain offices as they are renovated. The aesthetic is a highly industrial flavor with exposed concrete floors, an open web joist structure and reclaimed wood coexisting with translucent elements evoking the freshness of the brand and culminating in focal points such as the decorative light fixture in the Research & Development area and lobby that recall a cascade of water drops â€“ talking rain, if you will.
W.L. Gore Offices S E AT T L E , WA
Upon entering the space, you are faced with the inspiring words of the companyâ€™s founder. The office works to uphold that commitment, supporting a tiny staff, some regular, some transient, and allowing for larger events for focus groups, clients and buyers. The large open conference room has a full operable wall that allows large events to spill out into the lobby area. A separate, flexible workspace encourages collaboration among staff members, with an open breakout space for team work sessions. Tucked behind the tiny kitchen, a private conference room allows for smaller internal meetings and private conversations.
4,200 sf tenant improvement for the Seattle office of a technical fabric company based on the east coast SERVICES
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Research & Thought Leadership We are passionate about imagining the future of workplace design. Technology is a major factor that affects how teams and business collaborate and communicate, and will be even more important in the future. We know that the commercial landscape is shifting and work styles are constantly evolving. Weâ€™ve been tracking these trends for years, which is why weâ€™re never afraid to push the envelope with sustainability and design for the highest level of flexibility. This approach ensures that our clients end up with a building that will withstand the test of time, retain and attract high-quality tenants and be easy on the environment. Continue reading to learn about our thoughts on what the future of the commercial office holds.
Office Building of the Future VA R I O U S LO C AT I O N S
Every now and then we come across a project that tickles our fancy. One that allows us to do some really big thinking, to partner with likeminded companies and industry experts to push the boundaries of design. In 2014, we were involved in one of these projects. Partnering with Paladino,WSP, Schuchart, and DCI Engineers, we spent several intense months untangling the concept of a ‘plug-and-play office building of the future.’ Our task was to predict the systems and technologies that would be required to create such a building.
Throughout the process, we considered current, near-future and far-future office needs. We identified the necessary components of an office building (below) and three office configurations that we used to ‘test’ our theories and guide our design development process. Additionally, we considered impact to three core issues: adaptability, innovation, and economics. Ultimately, our functional needs diagram led the way towards our thesis. An office, we discovered, is merely a platform of interconnected modules that support essential functions of an office such as safety, comfort and collaboration.
CREATE AN INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM FOR THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT CENTERED ON ADAPTABLE SYSTEMS
CR E ATE AN INTER FACE THAT ALLOWS BUILDING SPACES TO CONTINUOUSLY CHANG E IN R ESPON SE TO USER S’ NEEDS
CREATE THE BUSINESS CASES AND POSITIVE ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT FOR HIGHLY ADAPTABLE BUILDING SYSTEMS
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Two newly constructed, fully leased office buildings — NorthEdge, Tableau Software’s new corporate headquarters near Gasworks Park, and DATA 1, an office/retail building in Fremont’s commercial heart — showcase some of these trends through their generous daylighting and strong outdoor and neighborhood connections. A third project, Watershed, under construction this fall, is designed under Seattle’s Living Building Pilot Program. It will meet aggressive energy and water reduction and stormwater re-use goals. It also will vet all building materials for exclusion of toxic chemicals on the International Living Future’s Red List toward Living Building Petal certification.
Many of today’s office trends are shaped by the need for increased productivity by employers and the more collaborative needs of millennials, now the largest segment of the workforce. The 40-hour work week has become a 47-hour work week with the majority of managers expecting staff to be available 24-7. This erosion of the boundary between working primarily at an unchanging desk to one where time or location is blurred by unlimited demands has led to fundamental office space design changes. Increased productivity demands and extended work time have led to a more varied, flexible work
environment — all the better to entice us to stay engaged at work. A healthier workforce is also naturally more productive. These two goals are driving the increasing adoption of sustainable principles in workplace design supported by programs such as LEED, International Living Future’s Living Building Certification and the newer Well Building Standard. One microcosm where these trends are being adopted is Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, rapidly becoming another tech hub as South Lake Union gets built out and perhaps overly identified with one company.
While some developers question the cost of green building certification, those operating in a competitive marketplace see the practical appeal of sustainable design in attracting tenants to their buildings. Tenants know that sustainable principles like access to natural daylighting and fresh air are keys to employee attraction and retention. The Fremont neighborhood has a reputation for attracting sustainably focused companies like Brooks Sports, which moved into Stone 34, the pioneering Deep Green Pilot project completed in 2014 by Skanska (and sold to Unico) that set the bar for sustainable design in market rate office in Seattle.
DATA 1 interior courtyard
H ER E A R E SO M E PR AC TI C A L O FFI C E D ES I G N TR EN DS TH AT DO N ’ T B R E A K TH E B A N K : good design can help reinforce the company culture .
Seattle is a competitive hiring environment; attracting top talent is a constant challenge. A cool office space designed with millennials’ working style in mind helps. DATA 1’s glass office space is centered on an interior courtyard that can be used throughout the day as flexible break out spaces or all-company gatherings. NorthEdge’s weathering steel and dark materials palette connect to the industrial history of its site while the stepped building form opens up to the views of Lake Union and downtown Seattle. mixed - use buildings with local retail
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inward-focused workspaces to a culture where opportunities to go out to lunch or run errands are within walking distance. DATA 1 has five new locally owned restaurants along the street front connected to an outdoor mews on the west end and stepping terraces along Troll Avenue with outdoor seating. NorthEdge’s new restaurant/deli takes advantage of its location next to the Burke-Gilman Trail while extending the restaurant connection from Fremont to Gasworks Park. bikes ! supporting alternative ways of getting to work helps reduce carbon footprint and focus on a healthier lifestyle. Bike clubrooms are becoming a major amenity in new office buildings. A large one like
DATA 1’s with room for 200 bike stalls and a full locker room acts as a casual place for conversation, catching up on the news, grabbing a cup of coffee and shower — all before heading upstairs to work. Stone 34 and NorthEdge have large locker rooms that are in constant use for outdoor activities ranging from bicycling and running to even kayaking. daylighting and fresh air .
It’s not just about reducing energy; we are more productive and creative in a naturally daylit space. DATA 1 has floor-to-ceiling glass with almost 60 percent of the interior naturally daylit, and protective exterior shade fins to keep heat gain in check. In addition, operable windows are a
must. Being able to open a window for fresh air keeps humans more alert and connected to the outside environment. This sense of individual control over the work environment is highly desired by today’s more mobile workforce. expressed structure .
The exposed castellated (notched with openings) steel beams in DATA 1 and Watershed are structurally efficient and lightweight, while allowing sprinklers and HVAC systems to run through them, minimizing floorto-floor height and creating an airy, open space. Their unusual form also makes for a visually interesting ceiling plane filled with changing light and shadow patterns keeping you aware of the time of day.
roof decks with outdoor rooms and greenery .
Rooftops are an opportunity to create equal access to views, provide alternate meeting spaces and host a great staff party. The flexibility of working outside, away from your desk, is highly desired by some employees even in our misty climate. Green roofs are easy on the eye, as well as providers of sustainable stormwater mitigation. NorthEdge’s serenely cascading landscaped terraces, DATA 1’s expansive rooftop deck with fire pits, barbecues and greenery, and Watershed’s multilevel decks all provide different places to gather or work outside and feel inspired by urban nature.
“Tenants know that sustainable principles like access to natural daylighting and fresh air are keys to employee attraction and retention”
open office plans with quiet
and a mix of meeting places. Open offices are great for daylighting, but not so terrific for quiet, focused work. Today’s space plans have everything from rooms for private conversation to open meeting areas with soft seating and great views to more structured conference rooms of varied sizes.
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It’s a place to linger with great views or catch-up with a co-worker from a different floor, as well as a way to encourage healthier employees and energy reduction by limiting use of the elevator. Making the stairs highly visible and open to the exterior re-frames them as a vital part of a company’s social connectivity.
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doing something for the greater good .
Recent studies show that employee engagement in social and environmental causes at work leads to much higher job satisfaction. DATA 1 and Watershed are filtering and cleaning 500,000 gallons annually of toxic, polluted stormwater from the Aurora Bridge before it goes into Lake Union. The lushly landscaped
bio-filtration swales and educational signage on Troll Avenue will engage the building occupants and the neighborhood in the process.
strong recruitment, increased job satisfaction, and more productivity, creativity and retention — all leading to quicker leasing and renewals.
More than ever before, companies are hiring an in-demand, selfempowered workforce that isn’t shy about making its desires known. Thoughtful, sustainable and fundamentally cool offices with attractive amenity spaces are emerging as a valuable aspect to
The practical application of sustainable design principles are at the core of current trends, and are becoming the norm rather than the exception. Companies and developers who don’t recognize this may find it harder to fill their spaces. Focused workspaces to a culture
where opportunities to go out to lunch or run errands are within walking distance. Data 1 has five new locally owned restaurants along the street front connected to an outdoor mews on the west end and stepping terraces along Troll Avenue with outdoor seating. NorthEdge’s new restaurant/deli takes advantage of its location next to the BurkeGilman Trail while extending the restaurant connection from Fremont to Gasworks Park.
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Our client understood this, and made the decision to improve water quality in the right of way. This was a completely voluntary act – not required by the city (and in fact, the inclusion of water from O C TO B E R 15, 2 015 the Aurora Bridge might have introduced additional complexity M Y E R H A R R E L L , A I A , L E E D A P B D+C , H O M E S with the Washington State Department of Transportation). Through collaboration between As we started to work with our Above the fold on the front page WT Landscape Architecture and civil engineer, KPFF and better of The Seattle Times last Friday, KPFF Civil, the resulting design understand the Mark Siegel reported on the harm was a series site conditions, done by highway runoff to our of cascading we realized that local wildlife, specifically Coho bioretention cells road stormwater salmon. Researchers from WSU (also known as runoff – both from Puyallup found that two and a half “rain gardens”) – Troll Ave and from hours was all it took to kill adult lined areas filled the Aurora Bridge salmon in water captured from with soil, held towering overhead State Route 520. Furthermore, the back by short – currently end unique combination of chemicals retaining walls, up in a dedicated was difficult to replicate in a lab. between the storm drain piped To anyone concerned with human sidewalk and curb to an outfall on impact on the natural world, of Troll Avenue, Lake Union. It seems hard to believe: supplemented with bioswales along this highlights the importance of mitigating toxins through new urban brake dust, motor oil, gasoline, North 34th Street. The soil provides heavy metals and who-knows-what- a natural filtration medium (that development. else are getting deposited directly WSU researchers determined to Thankfully, the article also proposed into Lake Union in every major rain be the antidote to the poisoning a solution. Biofiltration using soil event. This is the same lake we all of the salmon), while also slowing as a medium can have a dramatic enjoy from water and land – in our and cooling the flow of stormwater effect on salmon’s wellbeing. Early sailboats and kayaks; from Eastlake to the nearby catch basin. As this in the design of the Fremont Office pocket parks and Gas Works Park. bioretention provides a functional Building [DATA 1], the project More importantly, this is the same benefit to site’s stormwater owner made their intentions clear to lake we share with the salmon on management, educational signage Weber Thompson: do what we can their annual spawning route. This is will engage passersby to tell them to minimize the impact to nearby the reason for the Ballard locks fish what’s going on. A sign at the south waterways (both the Fremont Canal ladder – Steelhead, Sockeye, Coho, end of the cells explains the green and Lake Union are within a stone’s and Chinook salmon make their way infrastructure, and numbers set into throw of the project site at North through the locks to Lake Union and the concrete sidewalk subtly call 34th Street and Troll Avenue). then to Lake Washington every year. out how many gallons of water each
Saving Salmon One Building at a Time
“...two and a half hours was all it took to kill adult salmon in water captured from State Route 520.”
DATA 1 RUNOFF FROM THE AURORA BRIDGE Photo courtesy of KPFF Consulting Engineers
bioretention cell filters at peak volumes through the course of one year.
“Without this development, untreated runoff from the Aurora Bridge and Troll Avenue would continue to flow into the lake.”
The Fremont Office Building [DATA 1] is a 130,000 gross square foot, mixed-use building with four stories of office over a ground floor of retail. In addition to stormwater management, it features energyefficient design that promotes daylighting and natural ventilation, inspired by our award-winning Terry Thomas office building. It is targeting LEED Gold certification. The owners, even prior to the decision
to pursue LEED certification, had begun the process of Salmon Safe certification, to recognize this stormwater effort above and beyond what is required by the city and state, along with protecting habitat by making careful choices about exterior cladding materials.
Salmon Safe is a 501c3 founded in Portland Oregon. Their mission is to transform land management practices so Pacific salmon can thrive in West Coast watersheds. Salmon Safe offers a series of peer-reviewed certification and accreditation programs linking site development
land management practices with the protection of agricultural and urban watersheds. They offer a suite of site certification standards including urban development (under which the Fremont Office Building [DATA 1] will be assessed) in addition to farms, vineyards, campuses, green infrastructure, golf courses and parks along with developer and contractor accreditations. We’re excited to be a part of a commercial project that not only does less harm, but also does a net positive good for the surrounding environment. Without this development, untreated runoff from the Aurora Bridge and Troll Avenue would continue to flow into the lake and endanger our cherished salmon.
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What an intriguing, innovative concept for all – taking advantage of the existing office space and using it to its maximum potential. As we work with our clients to plan new offices, or renovate their existing spaces, this information is a powerful design tool.
percentage of individual workspaces being used at any given time – is 40%”. Technology is a key factor in this underutilization due to remote work options, break out spaces and flexible hours. Additionally, conference rooms are often under or overbooked. So the question must be asked – are these rooms actually in use, or just scheduled for use? And how many people are using the rooms relative to their size?
“Clearly, space utilization has changed – and the design of the workplace must follow suit.”
We recently heard about a leading-edge service to help in this work. Rifiniti is a company that offers a software analytics service to help companies better understand how their spaces are being used, and then makes suggestions for spatial efficiencies.
Clearly, space utilization has changed – and the design of the workplace must follow suit. The traditional offices generally run 80/20* – 80% individual stations; 20% meeting spaces. As Allsteel, a commercial office furniture manufacturer, points out, “For many organizations…the
Underutilized real estate costs money. Larger office spaces bring higher operations costs and more risk. So what does Rifiniti mean for all this? With the help of systems that may or may not already be in place within the building (such as badge swipes or wireless sensors installed on furniture that monitors use), Rifiniti keeps track of the utilization of different spaces within the workplace. The information is presented in an organized manner that helps the customer make valuable changes.
Rifiniti’s technology is not just intended for existing companies; it also works for those inquiring about a new space or developers looking to purchase real estate to sell or lease to tenants. They can evaluate a potential space to see if it is a good fit with a company’s actual needs. Could a company do this on its own to save on costs for the service? Perhaps, but the sheer number of variables make it a tricky proposition. Cutting too much real estate might negatively affect workflow. Knowing the decision to cut floor space is backed by actual data can help ensure workplace efficiency and preserve employee satisfaction. That helps in continuing to attract talent. With Seattle becoming denser – resulting in less real estate at a higher cost – it only makes sense for companies to carefully evaluate their space needs based on facts, not suppositions. This technology seems to be a viable tool that has the potential to bring greater profitability to companies and impact the real estate market.
Kristen Scott AIA, LEED AP S E N I O R P R I N C I PA L
Kristen Scott is Managing Partner and Senior Principal of Weber Thompson where she heads the commercial office design team. As Managing Partner of Weber Thompson for more than 20 years, she has overseen the growth of the firm from its beginnings to the sustainably focused 70 person multidisciplinary firm it is today. Her background spans the design of a variety of affordable and market-rate homes, multifamily and senior housing in both urban and suburban communities to currently leading teams designing high performance office buildings. Kristen received her Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Washington, a background which provides a foundation for her collaborative, solution oriented approach to design. She is licensed to practice architecture in the State of Washington and became a LEED AP in 2007.
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Active in the broader architecture community, she has held various professional organization leadership roles in Seattle and at the state level including AIA Seattle President. S E L EC T E X PE R I E N C E DATA 1 | Seattle, WA Certified LEED Gold for Core & Shell NAIOP Office Development of the Year | 2017 2030 District Vision Award | 2017
Watershed | Seattle, WA Watershed â€“ a Living Building Pilot Project
Living Building Pilot Project, Under construction 2018
Cedar Speedster | Seattle, WA Mass Timber Office Building, Under Construction | 2018
Living Stone | Seattle, WA Mass Timber Office Building, In Design
Fremont North Shore Building | Seattle, WA Under Construction | 2018
UTC State Headquarters | Lacey, WA Under Construction | 2018 Watershed â€“ a Living Building Pilot Project
Terry Thomas | Seattle, WA Certified LEED Gold for Core & Shell, LEED Platinum for Interiors
Ballard Blocks II | Seattle, WA Mixed-Use, Retail & Office Buildings
S E L EC T E X PE R I E N C E CO N T. Howard S. Wright Corporate Headquarters TI | Seattle, WA Dwelling Company Corporate Headquarters | Seattle, WA Bagley Lofts Mixed-Use Building | Seattle, WA Award of Commendation, International Making Cities Livable
Woodinville Wine Village | Woodinville, WA Award of Commendation, International Making Cities Livable Cedar Speedster
A RT I C L E S , I N T E RV I E W S & PR E S E N TAT I O N S Don’t question the value of green design — bank on it Daily Journal of Commerce | 2017 This firm build its Seattle Headquarters without air conditioning to prove a point KUOW Seattle | 2018 Surviving the summer without A/C | WBUR Boston | 2018 Cedar Speedster Office Interior
Officially underway project in Fremont highlights change in an Evolving Seattle Neighborhood | The Registry Puget Sound | 2018 On the Block: Check out Seattle’s Other Tech Hub: Fremont Daily Journal of Commerce | 2017 CoreNET Tour: The Changing Face of Fremont Office | 2018 CREW Tour: The Changing Face of Fremont Office | 2018 PRO FE S S I O N A L CO M M U N I T Y S E RV I C E
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AIA Seattle Board of Directors | 2000-2005 AIA President | 2003-2004 Seattle Architecture Foundation Board Member | 2004-2005 AIA Washington Board Member | 2004-2005 Founder, Art In Craft Arts Group | 2009-present
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H O N O R S & AWA R D S | B U S I N E S S M A N AG E M E N T Architect Magazine’s National Top 50 Firms | 2017, 2016, 2012 PSMJ Circle of Excellence for Business Management | 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 Honoree Zweig Hot Firm - Top 50 NW Architects | 2007 Seattle Business Monthly - Best Places To Work | 2007
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Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40 Honoree | 2001
Myer Harrell AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Homes P R I N C I PA L , D I R E C T O R O F S U S TA I N A B I L I T Y Myer Harrell, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Homes is a Principal and Director of Sustainability at Weber Thompson. He believes in the power of design to promote a sustainable future and manages the firm’s initiatives to that end. He was a member of the design team for the award-winning Eco-Laboratory, which won the national USGBC 2008 Natural Talent Design Competition, and was included in the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum 2010 Design Triennial Exhibit. DATA 1
Myer focuses on urban infill mid-rise, mixed use multifamily and boutique-scale commercial office construction. He was the architectural project manager for Sunset Electric, a 92-unit, mixed-use, LEED-Homes Platinum project in Seattle, winner of the NAIOP Washington State Multifamily Mid-Rise Project of the Year Award in 2014. More recently he managed the DATA 1, a LEED Gold Certified building, and Watershed, targeting Living Building Petal certification. E D U C AT I O N Master of Architecture – University of Washington
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Bachelor of Science Architecture, Philosophy Citation – University of Maryland R E L E VA N T PRO J EC T E X PE R I E N C E Watershed | Seattle, WA
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316 Alaskan Way | Seattle, WA* Point Edwards Building 10 | Seattle, WA The Wally | Seattle, WA Eco•Laboratory | Seattle, WA *a project of design team partnership, WTGBD
Todd Mayne AIA, LEED AP BD+C P R I N C I PA L Principal Todd Mayne is a Senior Project Manager at Weber Thompson specializing in construction administration and quality assurance. His professional interests and passions include building technology and the process of bringing a project from concept to completion.
Todd is a vital asset to his team and to the culture here at Weber Thompson through his work ethic, well-rounded knowledge in design and technology, and overall engagement in firm life. He is a valued resource on technical matters and mentors various staff members as they work through construction administration issues. Joining Weber Thompson in 2000, Todd has worked on numerous projects including The Post, Premiere on Pine, TalkingRain Offices and Rival Fitness. His array of work also includes working on a high-rise office and residential project in Denver, Colorado and a wide range of commercial tenant improvements. E D U C AT I O N Bachelor of Arts in Architecture â€“ University of New Mexico Master of Architecture â€“ University of Washington E X PE R I E N C E
Helios | Seattle, WA Premiere on Pine | Seattle, WA The Post | Seattle, WA TalkingRain Headquarters | Preston, WA Woodinville Village | Woodinville, WA Crofton Springs | Issaquah, WA
Coppins Well | Seattle, WA W.L. Gore | Seattle, WA Hansen Belyea Offices | Seattle, WA Penterra Plaza | Denver, CO
Bernadette Rubio NCIDQ , LEED AP I N T E R I O R D E S I G N P R I N C I PA L
Bernadette Rubio leads Weber Thompsonâ€™s Interior Design team. She has over twenty years of experience in space planning, mixed-use commercial and residential environments. Restaurants and hospitality design top her list of favorite project types. For these projects, she believes there is more of a process in understanding who it is one is designing for, and seeing the importance of both aesthetics and functionality. For Bernadette, that process of analysis, problem solving, and collaboration is one of the most enjoyable aspects of her job. E D U C AT I O N Bachelor of Science, Architecture â€“ Portland State University E X PE R I E N C E Helios | Seattle, WA Revel Restaurant 2.0 | Seattle, WA
Sunset Electric | Seattle, WA Pike Motorworks | Seattle, WA Radius SLU | Seattle, WA Le Caviste | Seattle, WA Stratus | Seattle, WA 4730 California | Seattle, WA
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Gunbarrel Center | Boulder, CO Ian | Seattle, WA WeWork Office Tenant Improvement | Seattle, WA Physio-Control Corporate Offices | Redmond, WA** CMD Agency | Portland, OR* Elleven | Los Angeles, CA*
12 Moons Restaurant | Snoqualmie, WA** Lifewise Corporate Offices | Bend, OR*** *designed while at Ankrom Moisan / **designed while at MulvannyG2 ***designed while at CIDA, Inc.
Cody Lodi AIA, LEED AP P R I N C I PA L Joining Weber Thompson in 2012, Cody quickly established himself on the firm’s mid-rise, mixed use team providing design leadership and a creative, collaborative dialogue. He has over 10 years of experience working on a variety of projects ranging from single family, midrise and high rise residential mixed-use developments to retail and commercial office projects. He is currently a thought leader and design lead in the commercial office studio.
Watershed – a Living Building Pilot Project
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His early experience working in the construction industry gave Cody an appreciation for the craftsmanship that goes into constructing a building, and a greater depth of knowledge as to how a building comes together. He has applied this to his architectural designs, striving to achieve a balance of design and constructability in each of his projects. Cody is an strong advocate for leveraging technology like BIM and Virtual Reality to design and build beautiful, sustainable architecture. A graduate of the University of Washington Master’s program, Cody maintains an active presence in the Department of Architecture. He has been the chair of the UW Architecture Professionals Advisory Council and a committee member organizing the annual HEADLINES Exhibit. E D U C AT I O N Bachelor of Science in Architecture – University of Idaho Master of Architecture – University of Washington PRO J EC T E X PE R I E N C E Watershed | Seattle, WA
Cedar Speedster | Seattle, WA Revel Restaurant 2.0 | Seattle, WA Helios | Seattle, WA ELAN Uptown Flats | Seattle, WA 2nd & Stewart Feasibility | Seattle, WA
5th & Stewart Feasibility | Seattle, WA UCSF Mission Bay Net-Zero Student Housing | San Francisco, WA SafeCo Tower TI | Seattle, WA** **designed while at Gensler Architects
Our philosophy at Weber Thompson is quite simple: we seek to understand our client's vision, to excel at teamwork, and believe that our succ...
Published on Feb 9, 2016
Our philosophy at Weber Thompson is quite simple: we seek to understand our client's vision, to excel at teamwork, and believe that our succ...