Bertschi School Living Building Tour

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm PDT
Bertschi School
2227 10th Ave E Seattle, WA 98102

Bertschi School Living Building Tour


Recently named the world's fourth fully certified Living Building, the Bertschi School elementary science wing is one of the first urban LBC project to pursue version 2.0 of the standard, and will be offering tours. You’ll hear from the project designers and school staff as they take you through the building to view the built examples of LBC Imperatives. You’ll see unique design responses like the river in the classroom that collects rain water and the green wall of tropical plants that treat the building’s grey water. PV panels, a composting toilet and an ethnobotanical garden are a few of the many other highlights we will explore.

This tour has been approved for the following continuing education credits:
AIBC - 1 Core LU
AIA - 1 LU | HSW
GBCI - 1 CE Unit



Tour #1 - SOLD OUT

3:00-3:30pm -Meet in the lobby of the Westin Downtown Seattle, journey by chartered bus to the Bertschi School

3:30-4:30pm - Guided tour of the Bertschi School's elementary science wing

4:30-5:00pm - Chartered bus returns group to Westin

Tour #2 - SOLD OUT

4:00-4:30pm - Meet in the lobby of the Westin Downtown Seattle, journey by chartered bus to the Bertschi School

4:30-5:30pm - Guided tour of the Bertschi School's elementary science wing

5:30-6:00pm - Chartered bus returns group to Westin


Learning Objectives:

1. An overview of the Living Building Challenge and its 20 Imperatives

2. An understanding of an integrative design process that LBC projects demand

3. Exploring and understanding built solutions for LBC Imperatives

4. Exploring and understanding built solutions for sustainability education and awareness


Chris Hellstern, ZGF Architects

Chris Hellstern holds a Masters of Architecture from Texas Tech University. Formerly an Associate with KMD Architects in Seattle, Chris works on a variety of commercial building types. Most recently, he finished the design and construction administration of Bertschi School’s Science Wing, a pro-bono project designed to meet Living Building Challenge. He serves as a Cascadia Branch member and co-founded KMD’s Sustainability Committee. He is a speaker at numerous environmental conferences and volunteers with local school groups, mentoring students about sustainable practices. Chris was recently appointed the first Regional Chair of Washington and Alaska for USGBC Students.

Stacy Smedley, Associate, KMD Architects

Stacy has a degree in Architecture from University of Washington and 10 years in the profession. Her resume includes the first LEED for Homes Platinum certified project in Washington, and the first project built to Living Building 2.0 standards with KMD Architects. She is Executive Director of the SEEDCollaborative, a non-profit dedicated to bringing sustainable education every day to all children. Stacy acts as membership chair for Cascadia Seattle and National Emerging Professionals Recruitment Chair for the USGBC. She was also named Living Building Challenge Hero in 2012.

Stan Richardson, Director of Technology and Campus Planning, Bertschi School

Stan is in his 22nd school year with Bertschi School. He has been the school’s representative for numerous construction projects including the Living Building Science Wing. With degrees in industrial electronics and in art, he plays an active role in the design process and is particular about details during construction. Stan has a love for clean design and sustainable practices and brings this focus to both his work in technology and in building construction.

Mark Sindell, Principal, GGLO

Mark is a Landscape Architect with an emphasis applying a concept driven, integrated design approach to urban infill projects. His focus on creating highly sustainable places for people contributes to GGLO’s mission of Design for the Human Experience through a design process that has resulted in award winning Parks, Town Centers, and Mixed-Use Communities throughout the Northwest. Mark has integrated leading edge sustainable strategies on a variety of projects and is a member of the Restorative Design Collective, responsible for the Bertschi Science Building, on track to be the first Living Building Washington State.

Price (includes transit costs): 

$30/person for ILFI / Cascadia members and Living Future 2013 delegates

$45/person for Non-members

These tours are sold out, but a waitlist is in place in case of registrant cancellation.

Please Note:  Registration for the Living Future unConference does NOT include registration for this activity. This is a shoulder event that takes place prior to the start of Living Future.