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The Terry Thomas inspires local artist

Lisa Daniels, a local artist who creates paintings inspired by architectural spaces, toured The Terry Thomas a couple of months ago. Many details caught her eye and she decided to do multiple paintings. She recently completed one and plans to do two more. The finished piece is a 36” x 48” acrylic painting hanging in the Seattle office of DCI Engineers. Thank you Lisa; we’re flattered that our building inspired you. See more of Lisa’s work at www.ldanielsart.com

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Tis the season for sharing!

Weber Thompson employees have banded together to give fifteen children (in seven families) a very happy holiday this year. In total, nearly $2,500 worth of gift cards for toys and groceries will be donated to these families via the YWCA. Thank you to Christina Stewart for pioneering the effort in our office, and for encouraging the high rise and mid-rise/low rise teams to also get involved. Most of all, we hope the effort makes the season a little brighter for a few families in need.

Catherine Benotto appointed to Mayor’s Advisory Committee

Landscape Architecture Principal Catherine Benotto was recently appointed to Mayor Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability  Advisory Committee. The committee will seek to identify and evaluate policy options to create more available housing for people all along the income spectrum. They will explore innovative ideas to pilot new types of housing, study the impact of ADU’s, analyze  efforts to preserve existing affordable housing, and more. By May of next year, the committee will deliver a set of recommendations to the Mayor and City Council.

You can share your opinions by completing this short survey.

 



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Sunset Electric wins NAIOP award

We couldn’t be more excited that Sunset Electric won the NAIOP Night of the Stars Mid-Rise Multifamily Development of the Year Award! Congrats to The Wolff Company, Patrinely Group, Riverstone Residential Group and the rest of the project team.

Weber Thompson provided architecture, landscape architecture and interior design services for the project. Steve Cox, AIA, was the design consultant on the project.

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‘Leadership Jazz’ at Greenbuild 2014

With more than 30 LEED accredited professionals on staff, there’s always at least one Weber Thompson attendee at Greenbuild, the USGBC annual international conference and expo. This year in New Orleans, Myer Harrell represented the team and gathered as much of-the-moment information about green building as he was able. Here are a few of his thoughts.

This year’s theme at Greenbuild was ‘Leadership Jazz,’ which was woven throughout the many seminars, lectures, and activities held throughout the week. Special Set sessions have gained momentum as a format – forty sessions were offered with enhanced room layouts, audio/visual support, and technology to further engage the audience, as well as additional guidance from volunteers and staff leading up to the event. Additionally, discussions of social equity permeated many conversations. For example, pilot credits in LEED were announced in a session titled “Getting Credit for Doing Good.” Continue reading



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How Rube!

Weber Thompson Parking Day

Once again Weber Thompson commandeered the parking spots across from our building and created a park-like oasis with an attraction that drew the crowds. For our third year participating in the nationwide event, Park(ing) Day, our eager, dedicated team ran with the concurrent Seattle Design Festival theme, ‘Design in Motion,’ creating an interactive Rube Goldberg machine that dispensed a prize to each lucky player.

Entitled ‘Why you Gotta be so Rube?’ the contraption incorporated cardboard tubes, presentation easels, material samples and furniture and carpets donated by The Mohawk Group, Bennett Associates Inc., Resource 3 Northwest, and Workpointe. Starting with the pop of a Jack in the box, a ball was launched through a series of tubes, knocking a 3Form sample off balance, releasing another ball, activating a domino chain, knocking over a weighted bucket, triggering a pulley which released a Luchador bottle opener down a zipline that tipped a blazing orange pencil down a tube where it was delivered to willing participants.

The installation drew large crowds of neighborhood workers, and was especially flooded at lunch time by Amazon and Group Health employees wrangling for their own pencil delivery.

Design in Public, a local supporter of Park(ing) Day, selected Weber Thompson as the recipient of the ‘Most Unique’ Park(ing) Day installation award. We couldn’t be happier, and are currently planning next year. Hot air balloon rides anyone?

For a full list of winners, visit the Design in Public website.

More images, and a video of the Rube in action, visit our Facebook page.



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Meet the Staff: Rachael Bauer

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Rachael Bauer is a valued member of the Interior Design team at Weber Thompson. She recently received her NCIDQ certification, and is participating in planning for this year’s Park(ing) Day. We chatted with her to learn more about her background, her inspirations, and her upcoming travel plans.

 

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Sunset Electric awarded LEED Platinum certification

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Sunset Electric has been awarded LEED for Homes Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council! This is currently the highest possible LEED certification for environmental responsibility and efficiency.

Developed by The Wolff Company, this 92 unit mixed use apartment project has garnered buzz for its innovative, sustainable design and incorporation of the original 1916 structure’s large brick façade, reflective of Capitol Hill’s auto-row heritage. The building’s strong leasing rates bear out its success; over 70% of the units are occupied. Continue reading



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Commute challenge month comes to a close

It was a grueling month of May for Weber Thompson’s 21 Bike to Work Commute Challenge competitors. Combined, they rode over 3,071 miles with an impressive 81.1% of the month riding into work.

Paired into 3 teams, competition took over the office between the Draft Punks, Jintensha Ninjas, and the Rushin’ Roulettes to see who would take the top prize. Throughout the month, there were ninjas at staff meetings hiding in the rafters, waiting to strike with their stealthy design skills. A revolution was declared in the form of libations for the masses by the Rushin’ Roulettes and the Draft Punk team hacked into the network to declare their dominance by changing everyone’s desktop background. But in the end, it was the ability to ride as much as possible to and from work that proved who reigned supreme.

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Meet the Staff: Gerald Heizelman

Gerald Heizelman is well respected for his attention to detail, which he has honed over the course of 25 years in the field. He’s an easy going guy and is an asset to Weber Thompson’s high rise team.  Learn more about Gerald on our website

 

 

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Weber Thompson staff take to two wheels

In and around Seattle, sedan owners, bus commuters and weary walkers are all donning their neon yellow jackets, fingerless gloves, and padded shorts and taking to two wheels to participate in the annual Commute Challenge, known colloquially as Bike to Work month. During the challenge, gangs of around eight riders team up to compete against other groups around the region. Scores are tallied based on number of rides, number of miles ridden, and rate of ridership, all logged and calculated through the Commute Challenge website.At Weber Thompson, the challenge is a much-anticipated opportunity for heated intra-office competition. Riders are separated into three teams, each of which assumes a team name and identity, creates a logo, brand, and various propaganda to win the popularity of their competing, and non-competing coworkers.

Weber Thompson hosted a Bike to Work Day breakfast for all bicycle commuters as a way to encourage and celebrate commuting without fossil fuels.

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Beignets and green buildings: the Greenbuild Program Working Group retreat

By Myer Harrell AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Earlier this month I spent a few days in New Orleans, and not just for the beignets at Cafe Du Monde (although I had some of those, too). This was a retreat with the Greenbuild Program Working Group (PWG), which “oversees the development and delivery of educational programming intended to meet the needs of attendees to the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo,” the US Green Building Council’s annual conference since 2002. As a Silver member company of USGBC, Weber Thompson boasts thirty-five LEED APs and GAs out of fifty-eight employees; a number of whom have attended multiple Greenbuilds.

The session selection process is rigorous; there are at least four rounds of review each year before the 100+ educational sessions are finalized. The first round is a raw score by volunteers on an online platform (the call for this usually goes out around Greenbuild each year, so mark your calendar for November 2014 to apply). The second round is a qualitative review by subject matter experts, facilitated by the PWG. The third round is amongst PWG members who meet in person in Spring in the host city of Greenbuild. Continue reading



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