EMP’s Administrative Building, at 120Sixth Ave. N. Photo courtesy of Howard S. Wright/Balfour Beatty
EMP’s Administrative Building, at 120Sixth Ave. N. Photo courtesy of Howard S. Wright/Balfour Beatty
The EMP Administrative Office Building (120 Sixth Ave. N.) for the EMP Museum received a LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Developed by Vulcan Inc. and owned by Cedar Strands Properties, the project is also the first Salmon-Safe-certified, urban in-fill project to date and the first Salmon-Safe certified office building in Seattle.

Construction on the 51,200-square-foot, concrete structure — with four levels above-grade and one level below — began in October 2011 and completed in June 2013. The facility houses additional space for the museum and includes office space, workshops and acclimatized collections storage.

The project also earned a 2013 ENR Best Project Award for Office/Retail/Mixed-Use Developments in the Northwest in December.

Included in the project’s accomplishments are water-efficiency upgrades and a rainwater collection system resulting in 75 percent less water usage than code-compliant fixtures. The highly efficient envelope, electrical and mechanical systems were designed to reduce energy use by 38 percent.

Additional sustainable design solutions include:

•Construction waste recycling exceeded 75 percent, resulting in a significant reduction in landfill waste;

•Recycled content materials were used for 16 percent of construction materials, reducing the need for raw materials;

•FSC-certified wood was used for 23 percent of the wood installed on the project, supporting sustainably managed forests;

•The project is located in an urban area with convenient access to public transit, community resources and services, reducing the impacts from transportation;

•Enhanced indoor air-quality, including 30-percent additional outside air and limited use of finish products that off-gas toxins, creating a healthy indoor environment for occupants; and

•Integrated pest-management plan and policy to help reduce the use of toxic chemicals.