Rendering by Weber Thompson

Northlake Commons

Restorative Workplace: Healthy and sustainable office building harnesses mass timber biophilia

This sustainable office podium in South Lake Union exemplifies a progressive, healthy workplace environment for life science and commercial businesses alike. A generous 65,000-sf of outdoor programming is integrated through exterior breezeways, green spaces and private decks. For the interiors, exposed mass timber structure promotes biophilic benefits. The lower two levels are lab-ready spaces designed to meet anticipated floor load and vibration requirements. The upper floors were designed for standard office floor loading and can be upgraded for higher load and vibration requirements where needed.

DCI Engineers worked with the architect to detail the mass timber’s mortise and tendon pieces to accomplish a “goal post” design, which offered a seamless, connected look with the beams and columns.

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Seattle, Washington
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Square Feet:
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4 & 5
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Construction Engineering, Life Science & Laboratory, Mass Timber, Sustainable Design
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Primary Material:
Concrete, Wood

Project Highlights

  • Pursuing LEED CS Platinum and Fitwel Certification
  • Includes 27,000-sf of warehouse space and 9,500-sf of retail space.
  • By installing pre-shaped mass timber columns and beams, construction time was reduced.
  • Conducted a vibration study for lab floor space performance.
  • The building includes open-air skybridges.
  • Four levels of below-grade parking.
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