Project Touted as “Greenest Commercial Building” Lives Up to Its Name

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor The green building trend was really embraced by Seattle’s major developers with a number of buildings, chief among which is the new Federal Center South Building built by GSA for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, making headlines for the innovative ways in which established or groundbreaking environmentally friendly technologies were employed. The Bullitt Foundation has strived to cut out its own niche on an increasingly sustainable market and the effects are clearly visible.

In green-heavy Seattle, it takes a lot to really stand out for sustainable design efforts. The new Federal Center South Building, developed by the General Services Administration for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has made headlines for its innovative use of environmentally friendly technologies. And now the Bullitt Foundation has cut out its own niche, with the first commercial building in the U.S. to receive Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Project Certification

The certification recognizes the Bullitt Center’s use of locally sourced wood from FSC-approved providers, according to The Puget Sound Business Journal. Before winning the title, the building underwent extensive onsite audits of its core and shell by Soil Association Woodwork. Other major green fixtures in the building include an entirely renewable-energy solar power system, a rainwater reuse system and a design that employs a maximized amount of natural light, decreasing the need for electric lighting.  

Built for $30 million near the corner of 15th and Madison, the six-story, 50,000-square-foot structure aimed at becoming “the greenest commercial building in the world,” thus earning the project quite an amount of media coverage. This latest award seems to reinforce the developer’s initial ambitions. Designed to house the Bullitt Foundation’s six employees, the building’s tenant roster will also include a number of earth-conscious entities, the business journal noted.

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