When Brooks Sports, the running shoe and apparel company, needed a new global headquarters and a Seattle-area home for its growing staff of shoe designers, marketing experts and product managers, it turned to Skanska USA. They wanted their new home to reflect the company’s commitment to wellness and sustainability and our team worked with Brooks to develop an incredibly compelling vision for its new home. That vision has come to life at Stone34, a 129,000-square-foot building along one of Seattle’s most popular multi-use trails, enabling Brooks to craft a new trailhead and stronger relationship with those who engage on many levels with the company.
Today, Stone34 has been nominated in the category of “Transforming Spaces” in Sustainable Seattle’s Sustainable Leadership People’s Choice Awards. The Sustainability Leadership Awards celebrate inspiring sustainability efforts accomplished in the Puget Sound Region and winners and nominees are nominated and voted on by the community.
So what makes Stone34 an example of sustainable leadership and a transformative space? Being environmentally and socially responsible is important to Brooks, and Skanska responded with a building that creates brand value for Brooks while helping the company manage energy risk in the future. Stone34 is the first-market rate project and second building overall to participate in the City of Seattle’s Living Building Pilot Program, a partnership between Skanska, tenants and the surrounding community to grow a smarter neighborhood through green, sustainable design. Stone34, on track to receive LEED Platinum certification, is situated and designed to reduce heat gain and energy use, this includes operable windows to enable natural breeze to help cool the building.
The building captures and reuses at least 50 percent of storm water on the site and using 75 percent less energy than a typical Seattle commercial building. This is in part thanks to an innovative hydronic heating and cooling system, which uses circulated water to control temperature. The centerpiece of the building’s facade is a glass-enclosed staircase to encourage walking between the five floors, rather than riding elevators, reinforcing the activity and movement inherent in the Brooks’ brand. Activity is further encouraged through the building’s connection to Seattle’s Burke Gillman trail, encouraging employees and visitors to commute and exercise on foot or bike.
For more information on Brook’s new home, check out this New York Times feature.
In addition to conceiving, financing and developing Stone34, Skanska also built it. We relied on our in-house craft workers and expertise with lean construction processes to ensure the highest quality construction on a very aggressive schedule. Skanska is also guaranteeing the building’s energy performance for ten years.