For more than 20 years, the A/E/C industries have responded to the market’s desire for environmentally conscious buildings by striving to build more sustainably – more energy-efficient heating systems, more recycled water and more sustainably produced construction materials. The primary tool to encourage this kind of building is a certification system – a set of benchmarks that buildings must meet in order to boast their green bonafides to potential buyers or renters.
The Bullitt Center was a game-changer. While none of the individual green technologies contained in the 55,000-sf, six-story office building are unique, no one had ever used them so comprehensively to create a truly self-sufficient structure. And building the “greenest commercial building in the world” wouldn’t have been possible without the innovative structural design solutions of DCI Engineers.
A community or city is in constant change when it comes to population growth, job availability, and living situations. Structural engineers are often faced with generating designs that accommodate those changes through urban expanse and maximizing tenant space. As dense neighborhood living grows in popularity, what should structural engineers consider in their designs? More importantly, how will structural engineers improve their services to their clients as the market demands change?
Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood is a walkable area that allows many residents to maintain a true urban lifestyle. It’s not uncommon to find locals who work within walking distance of their homes. As the neighborhood continues to grow with large blocks of high-density housing, the concept of a smaller community that demonstrates both sensible and social sustainability is a welcome addition. The Greenfire Campus is the perfect embodiment of that. Ballard provides a great backdrop for the project, which aims to create an urban ecosystem through super sustainable design.
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