Thornton Place

Carved out of an abandoned parking lot, Thornton Place is a large mixed-use complex near Northgate Mall in Seattle’s Northgate neighborhood. The transit oriented development (TOD) includes multi-family apartments, condominiums, mixed-commercial and retail, and a large underground parking podium.

As part of the project, the development team partnered with the city and other stakeholders in the neighborhood to daylight Thornton Creek, which runs through the middle of the development and develop a sophisticated shared parking plan for the adjacent transit center.

O’Brien & Company worked in the capacity of LEED project manager on this multi-faceted project. The firm facilitated a meeting to help the developers identify desired green building strategies, and led the effort to implement a plan to achieve LEED certification. With construction completed in 2009, O’Brien & Company worked continuously with the project team to compile and craft successful LEED documentation across many structure types with a large variety of mechanical systems and materials packages. The LEED-NC Silver Certification was received in June of 2011.

Thornton Place, and the greater Northgate Commons development of which it is part, has received accolades for its redevelopment of a blighted block into a thoughtful urban density and open space. Recognizing the significance of the project early on, O’Brien & Company also proposed Thornton Place participate in the LEED for Neighborhood Development pilot program.

In addition to receiving LEED NC certification of the buildings, Thornton Place has also been recognized under the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system for the sustainable elements of its larger site and infrastructure design. It earned LEED-ND silver in 2013.