Seattle City Light Technical Training Center

Seattle City Light (SCL) is seeking to develop a dedicated, state-of-art, LEED Gold Technical Training Center that provides an educational space for classroom instruction and field experience training opportunities for entry-level, as well as seasoned, Utility service workers of SCL.

The Training Center site is adjacent to a SCL substation on the Duwamish River and is part of mitigations and restorations happening all along the industrial waterway.  As such, a key challenge of the project is nestling the facilities for classroom instruction and an adjacent training yard into the site to optimize opportunities for restoration and effectively meeting SCL needs.  The current design has a long sloping shed roof along an east-west access, ideal for solar panels, passive solar gain in the winter, shading in the summer, and natural daylighting.   The design team has created a vision of an interconnected learning environment between the classroom spaces and the adjacent hands-on field training area in a beautiful, restored natural setting.

The success of this project is very critical to Seattle City Light’s future as an aging skilled workforce cycles into retirement while is the need for talented technical workers grows.  They need an up to date training facility as soon as possible and within a reasonable budget.  Building on land already owned by the utility brought advantages in terms of timing and budget, but also challenges in balancing mitigation and restoration plans with the utilities functional needs.

O’Brien & Company is supporting the design team and SCL as they navigate to successful completion of the project by facilitating early meetings to understand stakeholder needs and carefully mapping a pathway to LEED Gold as various situations arise and change.  At the end of the design development stage of the project, the LEED plan reflects the great advantages of the natural and restored site as well as the thoughtful design that will lead to optimal energy performance.  The project is targeting construction completion at the end of 2015.

Budget:  $4.8 million
Owner: Seattle City Light
Architect: Schacht | Aslani Architects
Contractor: To Be Determined
Mechanical Engineer: Hargis Engineers, Inc.
Electrical Engineer: Hargis Engineers, Inc.
Civil Engineer: LPD Engineering
Structural Engineer: Swenson Say Faget
Landscape Architect: Nakano Associates
Commissioning: The Greenbusch Group