Contemporary Architecture



Blaine J. Weber

  • B.Arch:  University of Hawaii
  • Studied under Jorn Utzon and Arata Isozaki
  • Chairman of Washington State Board for Architects, Downtown Seattle Design Review Board, Ethics & Practice Committee of Seattle AIA
  • Corporate member of the AIA

Scott E Thompson

  • B.Arch:  University of Hawaii
  • Master  of Arts in Environmental Design from the University of Washington
  • Nearly 35 years of architectural and planning experience, specializing in high-density, urban infill and mixed-use buildings.

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 Systems- Light 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 treatments. 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.


  • Thermal comfort
  • Day lighting
  • Fresh air

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. Operable windows, sunshades and perimeter radiant heating allow individuals to control the temperature of their space. 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 2008
  • 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 daylighting
  • 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 light

Restrooms – motion sensing light switches, water metering, waterless urinals, water saving toilets.

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