FSC Wood as a Responsible Building Material

Posted by Nina Smith-Gardiner, AIA, LEED AP on Wed, May 30, 2012 at 7:06 PM

When it comes from a responsibly managed forest, wood is one of the most sustainable building materials. In the Pacific Northwest, it is an abundant, renewable resource, produced with the sun’s energy. So wood is a logical building material for Seattle – part of our regional “vernacular” for designers and builders. In the Bullitt Center,…

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Bulgarian President visits the Bullitt Center

Posted by Brad Kahn on Fri, May 18, 2012 at 8:18 PM

On May 16, 2012, President Rosen Plevneliev of Bulgaria visited the Bullitt Center. In the United States for the NATO Summit in Chicago, the president was interested to learn more about energy efficiency and green building – two topics he has made a priority for his administration. Seattle City Council President Sally Clark welcomed the…

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Steel Reference Plate

Posted by Nina Smith-Gardiner, AIA, LEED AP on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 8:19 PM

There are eight embedded steel plates on the floor of Level 3 which set the placement of all the structural steel above.  Each weighs 400 pounds and is made of 1-1/4” steel plate.  When the surveyor took the location of each plate they were accurate to within thousandths of an inch.  Here is a photo…

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Material Vetting Process

Posted by Nina Smith-Gardiner, AIA, LEED AP on Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Every board, beam, pipe and fastener going into the Bullitt Center must meet a strict set of guidelines established by the Living Building Challenge (LBC) to ensure that the building is constructed of materials that cause minimal harm to the land, air, water and people during the extraction, harvesting, processing, manufacturing, and transportation of that material. …

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