Project profile: The Terry Thomas
The Terry Thomas was designed to provide a healthy and creative work environment that would illustrate the possibilities of sustainable design. The project was driven by a future tenant who needed a new office space to accommodate a rapidly expanding architectural practice. The firm wanted to remain in the same neighborhood where it had operated for seventeen years, yet in a building that would exemplify commitment to sustainable design.
The Terry Thomas is located in Seattle's up-and-coming South Lake Union neighborhood, adjacent to downtown. This mixed-use neighborhood, formerly a light industrial area, includes parks, multi-family residences, offices and light industrial buildings. Located along a new streetcar line, the building is well served by a variety of transportation options and is within walking distance of numerous amenities.
The building has 37,434 ft2 of office space on four floors, with shower facilities to encourage bicycle use. The ground level features 3,032 ft2 of retail and restaurant space, and a central courtyard that provides a gathering space. Parking for cars and bicycles is available on two levels of an underground garage totaling 24,596 ft2. An architectural firm, a marketing firm, and a real estate firm occupy the office space in the building.
(2009 AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects recipient)