It is no surprise that the vision for the Bullitt Center—the world’s greenest commercial building—would arise in Seattle. The city, whose economic and civic life has long been intertwined with the natural beauty and resources that surround it, is already a global leader in green design and urban sustainability.
Against this backdrop, a team of partners has come together to set the bar even higher. The Bullitt Center will be the nation’s first commercial building to meet the Living Building Challenge, the most ambitious green building standard to date. And in doing so, it will place Seattle firmly at the forefront of the green building movement.
The Bullitt Center is seeking philanthropic partners to fully realize the vision for this bold and innovative project.
Their investments are essential to completing two key components:
The Center for Energy and Urban Ecology, a living laboratory for research and education, located on the first floor of the building.
- Created in partnership with the University of Washington's Integrated Design Lab and the Cascadia Green Building Council.
- Provide real-time feedback of the building's energy and water use, thermal and lighting conditions, air quality and other metrics of performance.
- Includes a large, flexible classroom and hands-on exhibition space.
- Connects to a regional network to serve the community as a resource for urban sustainability education.
The McGilvra Place Green Infrastructure Project, the world's first neighborhood park designed to meet the Living Building Challenge.
- Creates a new neighborhood gathering space as recommended by neighborhood plans.
- Improves safety for pedestrians and bicyclists by eliminating motor vehicle access on 15th Avenue between East Madison and East Pike Streets.
- Demonstrates new methods for managing stormwater runoff to lessen impacts on Puget Sound.
- Includes benches, a pedestrian plaza and a ping pong table to activate the site.
- Serves as a new model for public-private partnership for management, without increasing public sector operating costs.
- Developed in partnership with neighbors, the City of Seattle and the Seattle Parks Foundation.
To learn more, you can download a brochure about "Opportunities for Philanthropic Investment" here.
Or email Colleen Walsh at the Bullitt Foundation for more information.