Stormwater Management

Our stormwater management designs mimic nature and integrate with the building and site to help reduce the damaging effects of urbanization. The use of green stormwater infrastructure such as green roofs, rain gardens, and landscaped planters can significantly reduce or eliminate the need for costly detention while providing enhanced site amenities.

The GreenHouse Apartments development integrates creative stormwater systems into the building and site to manage runoff while blending with the project aesthetics.

The comprehensive stormwater management system at Cherry Crest Elementary uses the site's natural landscape features as bioretention areas to mediate stormwater without installing costly detention tanks.

To support Amazon's vision of creating a truly green headquarters campus, stormwater management techniques took the shape of outdoor art pieces, terraced rain gardens, and large landscaped planters that reflect and celebrate the company's commitment to sustainability.

By taking advantage of an existing wetland on the school campus, stormwater management at Riverview Elementary not only rehydrates the site but teaches students environmental stewardship by promoting a strong relationship to the natural environment.

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Water Conservation

We believe that every project should review the feasibility of implementing sustainable water strategies that reduce water useage and save energy on treatment and pumping systems.

The rain water harvesting system at The Bertschi Center includes a green roof and large cisterns that collect rain water that is re-used for irrigation and toilets.

Designed for net-zero water use, Valley View Middle School boasts a 100,000 gallon rainwater collection system that features a folded "butterfly" canopy that helps direct rain water into a large cistern that serves as a focal point at the school's entrance.

Water efficiency upgrades and the incorporation of a 10,000 gallon water collection system at the EMP Administration Building has resulted in a 75% decrease in water usage.

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Building Form and Carbon Footprint

We understand the critical importance structure plays in achieving project goals, and we know how to strike a balance between limited material consumption through economical design and  other  requirements such as occupant comfort, daylighting,  natural ventilation, and enhanced thermal envelope.

All the major programming and services for the University of Washington's HUB open onto the building's three-story atrium allowing for maximized daylighting while providing ample openings for natural ventilation, reducing energy use for lighting and mechanical systems.

Arched glulam roof beams from the original school were salvaged and used as columns for the new Machias Elementary, supporting the District's sustainable goals by limiting new building materials.

The complex cladding on Western Washington University's Academic Instruction Center is comprised of multiple systems in order to maximize daylighting while limiting the building's direct heat gain.

The adaptive-reuse of the 1915 Terry Avenue Building at the heart of Amazon's South Lake Union Campus reinvented the historic unreinforced masonry building into a new energy-efficient home for three Tom Douglas restaurants.

The use of FSC-certified heavy timber at the Tulalip Administration Building not only honors the tribe's rich heritage but also significantly reduced the carbon footprint of the building.

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Urban Infill and Transit-Oriented Developments

By redeveloping under-utilized sites and taking advantage of established infrastructure and transit lines, urban infill projects are highly sustainable solutions to reduce sprawl and promote pedestrian-oriented developments that revitalize often neglected neighborhoods.

Situated at the border of the bustling South Lake Union and Westlake neighborhoods, the Union SLU Apartments is located on a major bus line, commuter bicycle corridor and within walking distance of numerous sought-after amenities, satisfying the need for local housing while providing easy access to transportation.

Our ongoing work in the South Lake Union neighborhood includes close coordination with Seattle Department of Transportation and the Westlake Terry streetcar, providing easy access to transportation in this pedestrian-focused area.

Located adjacent to several retail centers and on major bus routes, Mural Apartments was designed as a walking community that features an expansive pedestrian plaza and through-block connection that integrates with the surrounding neighborhood.

Nestled in the civic heart of Redmond, the mixed-use Allez Apartments project caters to a pedestrian lifestyle with easy access to retail, entertainment, transportation, and the nearby Sammamish Riverfront.

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