The Terry Thomas Office Building

The Terry Thomas Office Building

"An office environment can have a tremendous impact on behavior. The challenge in designing The Terry Thomas was to design a place-specific, environmentally responsible workplace that would enhance occupant health and productivity while reflecting the eco-friendly ethos of its inhabitants."

The American Institute of Architects


Designing a Natural and Creative Work Atmosphere: Engineering a LEED® Platinum office building in South Lake Union

DCI Engineers provided the structural and civil engineering design for this four-story office building in Seattle, Washington. This work space has four levels of above grade commercial space and two levels of below grade parking. This building also includes retail and restaurant space on the ground level as well as a shower area to encourage bicycle use. The office building is in a location that will serve the building tenants with various transportation options and is within walking distance to an abundance of other conveniences. The project features a stairway and other components unique to the LEED® program such as above grade framing consisting of exposed composite castellated beams with conventional metal decking.

Project Highlights

  • Designed with robust earthy influences to aid in increasing productivity.
  • The exterior of the building features several aluminum and steel sunshade devices.
  • Features a central courtyard to provide outdoor gathering space for tenants.
  • U.S. Green Building Council LEED-CI, v.2 --Level: Platinum (43 points)
  • U.S. Green Building Council LEED-CS 2.0--Level: Gold (39 points)


Named by American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment Top 10 Greenest Projects 

2009 Awarded LEED® Platinum Certification for core and shell

Award of commendation at the 2008 AIA Seattle Honor Awards for Washington Architecture

Named Sustainable Development of the Year by the Washington State Chapter of NAIOP

Selected as one of the 2009 Top Ten Green Projects by AIA and its Committee on the Environment (COTE)

Seattle, Washington
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