LEED Platinum fire station is powered with solar energy in Seattle

April 11, 2019 by  
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The north end of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood has recently become home to a new, contemporary fire station that’s also a beacon for sustainability. Certified LEED Platinum, Fire Station 22 was designed by local architectural practice Weinstein A+U to harvest solar power, as well as rainwater , which is used for all of the station’s non-potable water uses. The building also has an enhanced civic presence with a super-scaled and illuminated “22” on its facade and large walls of glass that invite the neighborhood in. Due to its location on a long and narrow corner lot confined by two freeways and a heavily trafficked road, Fire Station 22 forgoes the conventional back-in configuration in favor of a drive-through layout for better visibility and safety. However, this configuration and the constraints of the space meant that the two-story support and crew spaces needed to be put at the front of the site, thus blocking views of the fire station’s apparatus bay, which has always traditionally been visible to the public. To reengage the community, the architects added a public plaza at the main entry, a super-scaled “22” sign on the concrete hose-drying tower and a glazed lobby and station office. “The station needs to mediate this complex site while maintaining rigorous programmatic requirements and balancing users’ desire for privacy,” said the architects , who completed the project as the last full-building replacement project under the 2003 Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy. “It does so with a sculptural facade along E. Roanoke Street, which provides privacy for the building’s users while creating pedestrian interest and texture. The station opens up to the future 520 Lid at the northeast corner, with a fully glazed lobby, the iconic Apparatus Bay egress doors, and a hose tower that acts as a landmark on the singular site.” Related: LEED Platinum fire station boosts firefighter wellness in Seattle Built to meet current program standards, Fire Station 22 features highly efficient mechanical and plumbing systems in addition to a solar PV system and rainwater harvesting systems. The project has earned three 2018 AIA Merit Awards. + Weinstein A+U Images by Lara Swimmer

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The north end of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood has recently become home to a new, contemporary fire station that’s also a beacon for sustainability. Certified LEED Platinum, Fire Station 22 was designed by local architectural practice Weinstein A+U to harvest solar power, as well as rainwater , which is used for all of the station’s non-potable water uses. The building also has an enhanced civic presence with a super-scaled and illuminated “22” on its facade and large walls of glass that invite the neighborhood in. Due to its location on a long and narrow corner lot confined by two freeways and a heavily trafficked road, Fire Station 22 forgoes the conventional back-in configuration in favor of a drive-through layout for better visibility and safety. However, this configuration and the constraints of the space meant that the two-story support and crew spaces needed to be put at the front of the site, thus blocking views of the fire station’s apparatus bay, which has always traditionally been visible to the public. To reengage the community, the architects added a public plaza at the main entry, a super-scaled “22” sign on the concrete hose-drying tower and a glazed lobby and station office. “The station needs to mediate this complex site while maintaining rigorous programmatic requirements and balancing users’ desire for privacy,” said the architects , who completed the project as the last full-building replacement project under the 2003 Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy. “It does so with a sculptural facade along E. Roanoke Street, which provides privacy for the building’s users while creating pedestrian interest and texture. The station opens up to the future 520 Lid at the northeast corner, with a fully glazed lobby, the iconic Apparatus Bay egress doors, and a hose tower that acts as a landmark on the singular site.” Related: LEED Platinum fire station boosts firefighter wellness in Seattle Built to meet current program standards, Fire Station 22 features highly efficient mechanical and plumbing systems in addition to a solar PV system and rainwater harvesting systems. The project has earned three 2018 AIA Merit Awards. + Weinstein A+U Images by Lara Swimmer

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Episode 21: Microsoft’s green upgrade; Google & GM talk self-driving cars

March 18, 2016 by  
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This week on the weekly GreenBiz 350 sustainable business podcast: A promotion for CSR at Microsoft, self-driving cars head to Capitol Hill and the future of climate action.

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It’s all hands on deck to save seafood supply chains

March 18, 2016 by  
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Sainsbury’s and Albion Fisheries are among those embracing pre-competitive strategies to ensure future fish in the sea.

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Lyft, GM, Google ask Congress for hands-off rules on self-driving cars

March 16, 2016 by  
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An autmaker, a tech giant and a ridesharing titan headed to Capitol Hill as lawmakers grapple with safety, cybersecurity and privacy in a new era of transportation.

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Report Report: A business guide to the energy revolution

March 16, 2016 by  
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In case you are behind in reading the latest sustainability reports, this Report Report provides a snapshot of recent reports on the energy industry.

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‘Greenest Office Building in the World’ to Open in Seattle

January 30, 2013 by  
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The Bullitt Foundation, a Seattle-based sustainability advocacy group, is building what they call the “greenest, most energy efficient commercial building in the world.” The six-story, 50,000-square-foot building in downtown Seattle’s Capitol Hill…

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Balance Associates Architects’ Capitol Hill Residence is an Energy-Efficient Home Perched High Above Seattle

October 19, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of Balance Associates Architects’ Capitol Hill Residence is an Energy-Efficient Home Perched High Above Seattle Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , balance associates architects , Capitol Hill , Capitol Hill Residence , Charter Construction , Daylighting , energy efficient , geothermal , modern design , photovoltaic system , Seattle , solar shading , Sustainable , washington

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Breaking News: Reid Pivots, Picks Climate Over Immigration

April 27, 2010 by  
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Capitol Hill is a soap opera these days, complete with broken promises, hurt feelings, and strategic alliances.

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New Report Finds Carbon Capture & Sequestration "Profoundly Non-Feasible"

April 27, 2010 by  
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Photo via AMNH You all know how we feel about CCS, the technology that will somehow miraculously provide the world with so-called ‘ clean coal ‘ (in reality, it provides Democrats with a way to appease the coal industry in the increasingly unlikely event of clean energy reform). Well, along with the host of other problems it has — it’s ridiculously expensive, nobody wants the CO2 buried anywhere n… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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