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Blaine J. Weber
Scott E Thompson
B.Arch: University of Hawaii
B.Arch: University of Hawaii
Studied under Jorn Utzon and
Arata Isozaki
Master of Arts in
Environmental Design from the
University of Washington
Chairman of Washington State
Board for Architects, Downtown
Seattle Design Review Board,
Ethics & Practice Committee of
Seattle AIA
Corporate member of the AIA
Nearly 35 years of architectural
and planning experience,
specializing in high-density,
urban infill and mixed-use
A Big Science Experiment
Goal : Green + occupant comfort +aesthetic
No HVAC !!! Courtyard concept + Hi-Tech
for natural ventilation
Revisiting History and Reinventing it
LEED Ratings
CI Version 2 :Platinum
CS : Gold
low-flow fixtures
waterless urinals
30% water saved during everyday operation
 Minimizing need for artificial lighting , through
building design and windows layout.
 Lighting is controlled by daylight and
occupancy sensors and set on timers to efficiently
measure and deliver light. These strategies allow
us to reduce the wattage/sq ft to 35% below the
base line of one watt/sq ft.
 All equipment is Energy Star rated
 All the CRT computer monitors were replaced
with Flat Panel LCD Monitors to create a
projected 59% plug load energy savings.
 50% of the office's energy consumption will be
green power.
Restrained use of materials- The exposed structure of the building minimizes the
use of additional finish materials.
Interior materials were limited only to what is functional to express building systems, promote
airflow and reduce future material waste. There are no materials that do not contribute to the
building's overall performance
Material's sourcing- Flooring from the existing demolished building was creatively
reused as an art piece in Reception Space.
Wood siding left over from the construction of the core & shell building was reused as
windowsills throughout the office space.
Interior wood doors -wood harvested from sustainably managed forests.
Materials high in recycled content such as steel, glass, particleboard, Homasote panels,
acoustic ceiling tiles and carpet is used throughout
Workstations and task chairs are green guard certified.
Multitasking SystemsLight reflector panels are also acoustical control over workstations
Tack-able panels are for display and for sound absorption
Conference room ceilings are light reflectors, sound absorbers and aesthetic surface
Carpets describe work areas and provide additional sound control.
Recycling - A recycling program that is easily accessible involves collection and sorting of
all recycled materials including composting.
The circulation paths - along the glass on the outside and on
the courtyard. mitigates extremes in light, temperature and
solar gain, and optimizes ventilation at the workstations
Thermal comfort
Operable windows, sunshades and perimeter radiant heating
allow individuals to control the temperature of their space.
Day lighting
Fresh air
Workstations have a maximum height of 42" to allow all
employees to have direct outside views.
Indirect light minimizes glare and provides soft, even lighting,
while high efficiency task lights provide individual control of light
levels on the work surfaces.
Predominantly light colors are used (white walls, white
furnishings, white work surfaces, and light colored partitions) to
enhance day lighting.
CO2 sensors throughout the offices control exterior louvers
delivering fresh air into the space.
Adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings and primers are low VOC
(including furniture)
Interesting Facts
Recycled 93% of the building it replaced.
Exterior staircase. Single slow elevator to
discourage using it.
Bathing facility to encourage cycling
Tackles Sick Building Syndrome
Temp > 85 F only for 1% of office hours since April
Survey shows 100% occupants satisfied with indoor
comfort , ventilation, air quality etc.
Total energy saving of 42% while running. Achieved
at $145/sq ft @ 3pc extra cost over normal building.
Floor plate and ceiling height adjusted to optimize
daylight and ventilation
White color used predominantly in interiors to allow
Drilled and punctured beams reduce structural load.
Intelligent Features
Co2 censors – to maintain right
concentration of co2.
Thermostats to regulate the
natural light.
Night flushing of Co2.
Coupled with fluorescent lights
which dim or brighten.
Exterior Binds automated,
controlled by rooftop censors.
Radiators placed on the façade
improve air flow and heating
East and West facades-custom
designed glass sunshades reduce solar gain -allow natural
Restrooms – motion sensing light
switches, water metering,
waterless urinals, water saving

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