The tallest building in Seattle’s most dynamic business district, 1918 Eighth Avenue comprises thirty-six floors of efficient, productive, Class A office spaces. By setting a goal of LEED for Core & Shell Gold certification, Schnitzer West, LLC showed early commitment to the health and well-being of future tenants and building visitors.
The health and quality of indoor spaces was a key LEED strategy for 1918 that directly benefits the tenants. The project has views available from 90% of the office spaces, high amounts of fresh air, as well as ventilation demand monitoring and no- and low-VOC materials and finishes throughout. The building’s urban infill site makes use of existing infrastructure and is within blocks of the newly constructed light-rail link, encouraging walking and other alternative transportation. Bike racks and showers support biking.
Tenant Improvement Guidelines developed by O’Brien & Company help guide new tenants in their build-out design and construction, using similar sustainability strategies. A companion Green Housekeeping program reduces the use of harsh cleaners and chemical fragrance products. Sub‐metering equipment in tenant spaces allows occupants to monitor their own resource consumption.
During the construction phase, high levels of construction waste recycling and diversion were achieved. Builders installed large amounts of recycled-content and locally-produced building materials and FSC sustainably harvested wood, making materials conservation another key LEED strategy.
O’Brien & Company, along with Katrina Morgan from Fermata Consulting, not only provided design and construction assistance but also lead the project team through early planning for achieving LEED. This resulted in “Pre-certification” that allows developers to advertise projects as LEED buildings prior to actual certification and subsequently, LEED Gold certification through this up-front and frequent guidance. Successful pursuit of LEED certification also permitted Schnitzer West to add leasable space to the development through a City of Seattle incentive program.
As part of obtaining LEED certification, O’Brien & Company also helped develop an education program for 1918 that included a Green Touchscreen to educate building occupants and visitors about the green features of the building. Located in the building lobby, the Touchscreen displays data on 1918’s current energy performance and water conservation accomplishments.