A Perspective on the Bullitt Center Design

Posted by Nina Smith-Gardiner, AIA, LEED AP on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 7:36 PM

NOTE: This post offers the author’s perspective, based on interviews with the architects and others on the project team. The Bullitt Foundation is constructing the Bullitt Center to initiate a profound change in the way buildings are designed and built. Denis Hayes realized that revolutionizing building practices could have a profound effect on energy consumption…

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Daylighting at the Bullitt Center

Posted by Nina Smith-Gardiner, AIA, LEED AP and Rob Pena, Associate Professor at the University of Washington on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Light is a defining characteristic of space. It gives form to architecture, animates space and is an ever-present connection to nature and to the rhythms of the day and year. Since electric lighting accounts for over a quarter of the electricity consumed in a typical commercial office building, getting as much high quality illumination from…

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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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