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    Seattle's EMP Administrative Office Building earns LEED® Platinum

    March 05, 2014

    SEATTLE – Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty company, announced that the EMP Administrative Office Building for the EMP Museum in Seattle, Washington, received a LEED® Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Developed by Vulcan, Inc. and owned by Cedar Strands Properties the project is also the first Salmon-Safe certified urban in-fill project to date and the first Salmon-Safe certified office building in Seattle.
    Construction on the 51,200 square foot concrete structure with four levels above grade, and one level below, began in October 2011 and completed in June 2013. The facility houses additional space for the Museum and includes office space, workshops, and acclimatized collections storage. The project was designed by Collins Woerman of Seattle, Washington, and also earned a 2013 ENR Best Project Award for Office/Retail/Mixed-Use Developments in the Northwest in December.

    “Our primary focus was to achieve the owner’s goal of constructing a LEED Platinum building,” said Brad Phillips, senior project manager. “We knew that in order to achieve this goal, we had to design and build an extremely high performing building envelope, and also include a high percentage of natural light – a challenge the team took to heart.”

     “To overcome the challenge, we brought in specialty contractors early in the design process who were focused on performance as much as they were on cost and aesthetics,” Phillips added. “This innovative approach may have been the single largest factor in achieving the LEED Platinum rating. In fact, we maintained an intense focus on developing strategies to achieve this goal throughout the entire design and construction process, and we were able to do so with minimal cost impact to the project.”  

    “The project has exceeded the minimum amount of points to achieve LEED Platinum,” said Dan Peyovich, division president for Howard S. Wright. “I’m proud of our team’s commitment to deliver a high performance building at the highest level of sustainability possible for this signature museum project in Seattle.”
    Included in the project’s accomplishments are water efficiency upgrades and a rain water collection system resulting in 75% less water usage than code compliant fixtures. The highly efficient envelope, electrical, and mechanical systems were designed to reduce energy use by 38%. Additional sustainable design solutions include:
    • Construction waste recycling exceeded 75%, resulting in a significant reduction in landfill waste
    • Recycled content materials were used for 16% of construction materials, reducing the need for raw materials
    • FSC certified wood was used for 23% of the wood installed on the project, supporting sustainably managed forests
    • The project is located in an urban area with convenient access to public transit, community resources, and services reducing the impacts from transportation
    • Enhanced indoor air quality including 30% additional outside air and limited use of finish products that off-gas toxins, creating a healthy indoor environment for occupants
    • Integrated pest management plan and policy to help reduce the use of toxic chemicals