There’s a new Living Building Project starting in Seattle. Skanska USA Commercial Development has started work on a new headquarters for Brooks Running at the intersection of the Fremont/Wallingford neighborhoods of Seattle, and it fits in with a city pilot project for ultra-sustainable construction.
Located in a trendy part of Seattle north of downtown that has already started to attract other lifestyle-minded major businesses, the Brooks move from Bothell puts the shoe company at the trailhead to the popular Burke-Gilman Trail. And it does so in a $51 million office building.
Dubbed Stone34—the development’s address is 3400 Stone Way N.—Brooks will occupy about 80,000 sq ft of the 120,000-sq-ft space expected to fit with the Living Building Challenge and be part of the city’s Living Building Pilot Program.
The city’s program requires developers to reduce water and energy use more than 75 percent over a traditional building. Stone34 proponents say that by reusing stormwater, heating and cooling with hydronic systems and utilizing real-time energy monitoring, the new building will easily slide in under those goals.
With four stories of office space sitting atop ground-floor retail, Brooks will also try out its hand at its first concept store. Parking issues should get eased with 216 underground spots.
Designed by Seattle’s LMN architects with engineering work by WSP Flack + Kurtz (MEP), KPFF Consulting Engineers (civil) and DCI Engineers (structural), Skanska will serve as both the developer and the builder.
The new building, full of glass and light, should open in 2014.
This is Skanska’s first development in Seattle. The company has had Brooks on board since 2011, working with its main tenant to craft a development that fits both companies’ needs.
"We have an incredible opportunity to create a new home for our leading performance brands that exemplifies who we are and ingrains us in the local running community," Jim Weber, president and CEO of Brooks Sports Inc., says in a release. "Brooks' mission is to inspire people to run and be active, and it’s our hope that we become a welcoming trailhead along the Burke-Gilman Trail. We believe runners, walkers and others will gather at Brooks to meet friends, start their workouts and celebrate a good run."
Tim Newcomb is Engineering News-Record’s Pacific Northwest contributor. He has also written for TIME, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science and more. You can follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb or visit his website here.