Happy fall, friends and colleagues. While you’re prepping for Thanksgiving and waiting for snow, catch up on a few stories we’ve been tracking in green buildings, energy efficiency, and real estate development.
VALUES & VISION
We helped host the Seattle 2030 District Vision Awards earlier this month, and many of you were there to enjoy a special evening. While the awards showcased vision, I was most inspired by words from someone without it. State Senator Cyrus Habib, an Iranian-American Democrat representing Bellevue, lost his sight at age 8. He told us about how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) changed his life and how he came to appreciate the importance of walkable cities. But he also noted that while the ADA seems universally appreciated now, it initially faced stiff opposition on social and economic grounds. With this history, he encouraged us to stay the course with sustainability efforts in order to support our shared values.
Our sustainable real estate award winners certainly exemplify the values and goals of the Seattle 2030 District:
- Energy—Lake Union Building, Henbart Commercial Real Estate, featuring View electrochromic windows.
- Water—STREAM Building, Seattle Academy of Arts and Science, featuring a green roof and 12,000-gallon cistern.
- Transportation—1521 Second Avenue, featuring 60 EV charging stations in two condo garages.
- Visionary Leader—Vulcan, for its Stack House Apartments and Supply Laundry Building in South Lake Union, which targeted and is meeting all three 2030 District targets. Vulcan’s project also won a NAIOP Sustainable Development award earlier this year and was a pilot project for the City of Seattle’s outcome based energy code framework.
Meanwhile, way back in October, our friends at NEEC launched the Smart Buildings Center at the newly renovated Pacific Tower in Seattle. Formerly a US Marine Corps hospital and Amazon.com’s original campus, the building is now primarily operated by the Washington Department of Commerce and houses several health care, food, and workforce training organizations. Read more