255 S. King Street Achieves Long Awaited LEED Silver Certifications
Some large, phased projects have really long design and construction schedules, so it can take quite a while to guide them through the LEED certification process. One such project began for us in 2012, the 255 S. King Street Hotel and Office towers, which were constructed on a joint four story podium containing parking and pedestrian level retail space. Phase 1 began with a 325,000SF hotel project that consisted of 297 rooms with a conference center and a health club with a pool. During construction, a popular local restaurant, 13 Coins, relocated to the ground floor of the new building. Connected by an atrium, the second phase of the project added an 18 story, 292,000SF core and shell office tower to the podium. The office tower houses Avilara on several of the floors with some space yet to lease and contains a large roof top restaurant. Since the towers share […]
Westlake Steps Projects Get LEED Certified
Congratulations to the Holland Partner Group for successfully LEED certifying both Westlake Steps 2 and 4. These large multifamily projects, located at 1207 and 1287 Westlake Avenue respectively, were built concurrently. To address steep terrain, each project is divided into two buildings stepping up the slope with an at grade walkway and hill climb between them. Below grade they are connected by shared parking. Completed first, the 310,000SF, 5-story Westlake Steps 4 project has 317 market rate units and achieved LEED Certification in the spring of 2017. It was quickly followed a LEED Silver Certification on the Westlake Steps 2, a 313,850SF 6-story project with a small groundfloor retail space and 385 market rate units. ArchEcology guided the LEED certification process for both projects.
ArchEcology’s Growing Portfolio in the Bay Area
Golden State Eco-Warriors ArchEcology has been expanding into Northern California thanks to a couple of our awesome clients. Over the last year we’ve been growing our expertise in the regulations and programs governing green development in California. Title 24 (T24), CalGreen, and Build It Green all bring new codes, checklists and inspection requirements, in addition to LEED requirements. There is a recognition by the USGBC that the California standards go far further than typical codes and requirements, prompting them to issue an Alternative Compliance Path (ACP) that allows nonresidential projects that comply with CalGreen 2016 requirements to automatically comply with related LEED v4 credits. More detail on the 12 Prerequisites and 6 credits that are eligible can be found at https://www.usgbc.org/green-codes. Similarly, LEED will accept Title 24 performance modeling results for Optimize Energy credits, as a means of streamlining energy modeling efforts. However, the use of T24 results for LEED […]
LEED Certified Retail in Bellevue
Congratulations to KG Investments and their team on completing LEED Core and Shell certification of their new shopping center in Bellevue, WA. The project is a pioneer in shifting the appearance of 116th Ave NE, just over the highway from Bellevue’s downtown core from a strip of large auto sale lots, to a more diverse and dense business district. This Class A retail project provides 75,360 sf of space and houses REI, Home Goods and Trader Joes. It anchors a new intersection that allows SE 4th Street to continue east and connect over to 120th Ave NE. Documenting Core and Shell certification can entail a delicate juggling act as tenants are identified and build out and tenant agreement parameters shift during construction. ArchEcology was able to help the project team keep a handle on all these parameters and take credit for the project’s green choices. HIGHLIGHTS Owner: KG Investments Architectural Design: […]
Light Rail Station Gets LEED Gold Certification
Angle Lake Light Rail Station just became the first light rail station in the Northwest to receive LEED Certification. The LEED process was new to Sound Transit so they hired ArchEcology to guide the incorporation of sustainable strategies and handle the online certification process. The original pursuit set its sights on Silver, but the project ultimately was able to achieve LEED Gold! Also the first design-build project completed by Sound Transit, ArchEcology was able to successfully interface between guideway teams and station teams over the course of a protracted construction schedule to facilitate the certification. See more in our Projects or from the Sound Transit perspective by going to the link below. https://www.soundtransit.org/blog/platform/gold-medal-angle-lake-station?utm_source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=angle_lake_gold
Midtown21 – Started at Silver, Certified Gold
We’re very excited that 1007 Stewart, dubbed Midtown21, was just awarded LEED Gold certification! The 21-story high rise, located in the Denny Triangle in downtown Seattle, has a 19 floors of office space, a Great Room for conference and meeting space, groundfloor retail and 7 stories of below grade parking. The project team pursued LEED Silver right from the start as part of the permitting process, allowing the early incorporation of extensive indoor air quality and energy efficiency measures. The building was leased to one office tenant before construction was even complete. And when the project attracted a buyer that was interested in LEED Gold, we were able to help the team successfully stretch to achieve the new goal. HIGHLIGHTS Owner: Trammell Crow Architectural Design: LMN Architects Location: Seattle, WA Certification: LEED Gold Services: LEED 2009 Consulting for Core & Shell / Energy Modeling
ENR’s 2016 Best of the Best Green Project
We are proud to announce that one of our projects Lakeview Campus Expansion was recently awarded Engineering News-Record’s Best of the Best Green Project of 2016. This LEED Platinum 180,000SF build to suit office building won first for our region and subsequently beat the winners of the nine other regions to win this national award for design and construction excellence. This project exemplifies the early integration of sustainable strategies from the use of a brownfield site and rainwater capture to the high tech energy and photovoltaic systems installed. See our project description for more about this exciting, innovative project.
Recently Certified: 1101 Westlake
1101 Westlake located in the South Lake Union neighborhood recently achieved LEED Silver under the Core and Shell Rating System. This six-story building includes 150,000 SF of flexible office space that has been leased out by Facebook. HIGHLIGHTS Owner: Invesco Development: Holland Construction Architectural Design: Mulvanny G2 Architects Location: Seattle, WA Certification: LEED Silver Services: LEED 2009 Consulting for Core & Shell / Energy Modeling SUSTAINABILITY FEATURES: Located in the dense South Lake Union Neighborhood within walking distance of many restaurants, retail amenities and steps from Lake Union Park Immediate access to bus lines and near South Lake Union Street Car Total water saved: 356,140 gallons per year Energy efficient base building systems that include total savings of 418,547 kWh per year of electricity and 150,677 pounds of CO2 per year 84% of the waste generated from construction was diverted from the landfill Low-emitting materials were used throughout the […]