Green Washington Awards 2013: Special Recognition for Cutting-Edge Buildings

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Rice Fergus Miller

When Rice Fergus Miller outgrew its offices, the architecture and design firm transformed Bremerton’s long-vacant Sears Automotive Center into the Puget Sound region’s most energy-efficient commercial building.

The firm, which specializes in design for the health care, senior housing and hospitality sectors, didn’t simply throw money at an old building. Its designers wrapped the structure in super insulation. Passive heating and cooling as well as high-efficiency lighting and water systems reduced the building’s energy use by more than 70 percent. Existing materials were repurposed or recycled, diverting all but five percent of construction waste from the landfill. The end result? The firm’s efforts

created a 91-point LEED Platinum certified structure—the highest-scoring LEED certified renovation at the time—for the staggeringly low price of $105 per square foot. Among its many accolades, the building has earned the American Institute of Architects’ “What Makes It Green?” Award and the Gold Reconstruction Award from Building Design + Construction magazine.

 

U.S. General Services Administration

The three-story building, administered by the General Services Administration, is among the nation’s most efficient air-conditioned structures and one of the first in the region to integrate geothermal heating and cooling systems within its structural piles. Radiant heating, under-floor air distribution and large windows with external shades allow users to control the internal climate. A 25,000-gallon cistern provides gray water for toilets, irrigation and water features. The center, designed by ZGF Architects and built by Sellen, reused nearly 300,000 board feet of structural timber and decking salvaged from a nearby decommissioned warehouse.Built to house the seattle District offices of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the $72 million Federal Center South is situated on the east bank of the Duwamish River in South Seattle.

 

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

FHCRC employees were thoroughly educated on how to conserve the building’s power use and the results speak for themselves: The building’s data center achieved a

power usage effectiveness (PUE) score of 1.04. (PUE is calculated by dividing total power used by the amount of power used only for computing devices. A perfect score is 1.0.) The building boasts an energy use intensity (EUI) of 100k Btu per square foot per year, which is two-thirds less energy consumed than other LEED-certified laboratory buildings. And though it’s 45 percent lab space, 1100 Eastlake uses 30 percent less energy than a smaller, Energy Star-certified office building nearby.When it comes to inefficient structures, laboratory buildings and data centers usually rank among the worst. The 1100 Eastlake Building, which houses the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, turns that stereotype upside down. FHCRC bought the 177,000-square-foot building in 2010 for $36 million and transformed it into one of the nation’s cleanest lab and data center structures. It was retrofitted with “free cooling” improvements that allow the building to use outside air for cooling 90 percent of the time. High-performance power-delivery systems enable the use of the right amount of power at just the right time.

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

Winner: Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
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Legacy Award
Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
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When it’s time to make doughnuts — or loaves of bread, or sheets of rolls — it could well be a Belshaw Adamatic piece of equipment that’s turning out the baked goods. From a 120,000-square-foot plant in Auburn, Belshaw Adamatic produces the ovens, fryers, conveyors and specialty equipment like jelly injectors used by wholesale and retail bakeries.
 
The firm’s two legacy companies — Belshaw started in 1923, Adamatic in 1962 — combined forces in 2007. Italy’s Ali Group North America is the parent.
 
It it takes work to maintain a legacy. A months-long strike in 2013 damaged morale and forced a leadership change. Frank Chandler was named president and CEO of Belshaw Adamatic in September 2013. The company has since strived to mend workplace relationships while also introducing a stream of new products, such as a convection oven, the BX Eco-touch, with energy saving features and steam injection that can be programmed for precise times in baking. The company energetically describes it as “an oven that saves time, reduces errors, makes an awesome product, and is fun to use and depend on every day!”
 
So far, more than 3,000 have been installed in quick-service restaurants, bakeries, cafés and supermarkets in the United States. They are the legacy of Thomas and Walter Belshaw, former builders of marine engines, who began producing patented manual and automated doughnut-making machines in Seattle 90 years ago. They sold thousands worldwide and, today, Belshaw Adamatic is the nation’s largest maker and distributor of doughnut-making equipment.