Bullitt Foundation in US opens new headquarters in Seattle

23 April 2013 (Last Updated April 23rd, 2013 18:30)

The Bullitt Foundation in the US has opened its new $30m headquarters building, the Bullitt Center, on Seattle's Capitol Hill in the state of Washington.

Bullitt Center

The Bullitt Foundation in the US has opened its new $30m headquarters building, the Bullitt Center, on Seattle’s Capitol Hill in the state of Washington.

Designed by The Miller Hull Partnership, the new six-storey, 50,000ft² building is situated at the intersection of Seattle’s Capitol Hill and Central District neighborhoods.

The building has been designed to meet stringent environment standards and will generate its own energy.

The Miller Hull Partnership design partner Craig Curtis said that during the design of the building, the company identified different ways to express the structure’s core performance functions through design strategies using a mix of existing and new technologies, systems, and materials.

"While in one sense we had to do more with less, we happily found that designing to high-performance targets actually opened up numerous formal design opportunities," Curtis said.

Sustainable features of the building include solar panels covering 14,303ft² of the roof in order to generate energy and a 56,000 gallon rainwater collection cistern to supply all its water requirements.

The building features open floor plates with operable floor-to-ceiling windows to maximise daylight and access to fresh air.

The facility has been designed to use 83% less energy than a typical Seattle office building and achieve net zero energy and net zero water through a variety of technology.

The building envelope and supporting structures are designed as separate elements which can be upgraded to meet the requirement of future generation occupants.

Engineering firm PAE provided energy modeling, mechanical and electrical engineering services for the building.

PAE has also provided lighting design services through its Luma Lighting division.

The Bullitt Foundation will own the building and occupy half of the sixth floor and 80% of the facility has been leased.

Other tenants of the building include the International Living Future Institute and the University of Washington Integrated Design Lab.


Image: The new six-storey, 50,000ft² Bullitt Center has been designed to use 83% less energy than a typical Seattle office building. Photo: Courtesy of John Stamets.