Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: Miller Hull Partnership, LLP (firm); Robert E. Hull (architect); David E. Miller (architect)

Dates: constructed 2011-2013

6 stories, total floor area: 50,000 sq. ft.

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East Madison Street
Capitol Hill, Seattle, WA

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Building History

Designed by Miller Hull Partnership, this cutting-edge, ultra-energy-efficient building served as the new headquarters of the Bullitt Foundation. Ground was broken in 04/2011 and concluded by Earth Day 04/22/2013. The Bullitt Center web site stated: "The goal of the Bullitt Center is to change the way buildings are designed, built and operated to improve long-term environmental performance and promote broader implementation of energy efficiency, renewable energy and other green building technologies in the Northwest. The building is seeking to meet the ambitious goals of the Living Building Challenge, the world’s most strenuous benchmark for sustainability. For example, a solar array will generate as much electricity as the building uses and rain will supply as much water, with all wastewater treated onsite." (See "The Forefront of Performance-Based Design,"Accessed 06/11/2013.) To discourage automobile transit, the $18.5 million Bullitt Center had no parking garage.

Building Notes

The University of Washington (UW), College of Built Environments' Integrated Design Lab (IDL) relocated from previous accommodations in Seattle's Northlake neighborhood to Capitol Hill's new Bullitt Center in 2013. The IDL Lab leased space on the first two floors of the building, and assisted the architectural firm of Miller/Hull in the center's design. The International Living Future Institute also occupied space on the first floor and the Cascadia Green Building Council also had space here. The Bullitt Foundation maintained its offices on part of the sixth floor only, allowing it to derive rental income from offices on floors 1-6. The Bullitt Center took the place of a one-story, wood-frame commercial building, formerly housing "The Cottage" tavern (in the 1970s), and a gay bar, "The Men's Room," (until 2012).

PCAD id: 18616