Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Headquarters Tour & Collaboration Workshop

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 8:30am to 1:00pm PDT
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
500 5th Ave N Seattle, WA 98109

April 4, 2013: This tour is SOLD OUT.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Headquarters Tour and Collaboration Workshop


Join us on an exclusive tour of the world headquarters for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Home to more than 1,000 employees, this LEED Gold-certified campus is home to the majority of the foundation that works for all people to lead healthy and productive lives. We will tour this private office campus and explore green roofs, water and energy conservation measures and recycled materials that promote the sustainability values of this globally recognized foundation.

Immediately following the tour there will be a collaborative session with two of the world’s leading groups tackling the most difficult and inspiring challenges of our time. The session begins with a brief and inspiring tour of the Gates Foundation Visitor Center exploring the work of the foundation to create healthy and productive lives for all people. Coming together for the first time, we’ll begin an interactive session where members from both the Gates Foundation and International Living Future Institute will share select challenges specific to each group’s missions. Workshop participants will then break into mixed groups to brainstorm solutions to these challenges and then report back to the entire workshop. Come meet with some of the world’s top minds in this unique opportunity to learn from each other and be inspired to embark on real solutions.

This tour has been approved for the following continuing education credits:
AIBC - 1.5 Core LU + 1.75 Non-core LU
AIA - 4 LU | HSW


If you are unable to participate in this tour and workshop, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00am - 5:00pm. Click here to learn more.


8:30am - Meet at Westin Downtown Seattle and depart for Westlake Center Monorail Station, take the Seattle Monorail to the Gates Foundation Headquarters

9:00-10:00am - Gates Foundation Headquarters tour (two groups of 20)

10:15-10:45am - Gates Foundation Visitors Center tour

10:50am - Workshop Session begins with introductions

11:00am - Gates Foundation speakers present topics for discussion

11:30am - Breakout into groups based on Foundation topics

11:45am - Groups report / Foundation responds

12:00pm - Living Future Institute speakers present topics for discussion

12:30pm - Breakout into groups based on Living Future topcs

12:45pm - Groups report / Living Future Institute speakers respond

1:00pm - Workshop concludes, travel back to Westin Down Seattle via Monorail


Learning Objectives:

1. Sustainability problem solving as related to global health issues.

2. Understanding roadblocks to sustainable building in foreign countries.

3. Introducing members of the global health and sustainability communities together to support collaboration.

4. Understanding the innovations, progress and challenges on some of the world’s toughest challenges to support all people of the world living healthy and productive lives.


Sam Fairley, Manager of Engineering - Cushman & Wakefield
Sam has over 15 years of facility engineering experience.  Sam attended Auburn University where he studied Mechanical Engineering and Colorado Tech where he studied Business Management with a focus on Project Management.  Sam joins the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a contractor with Cushman & Wakefield.  During Sam’s tenure in Facilities Engineering, Sam has worked for Wright Runstad and CO., Equity Office Properties, Hines and Cushman & Wakefield.  Sam is an active member of BOMA who consistently works on license requirements for Building Engineers, Facility Management Best Practices and Green Initiatives. Sam has been an industry leader who is focused on Energy Conservation Measures, Energy Star Benchmarking Efforts, Engineering Working Models, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing System Optimization (MEP), and USGBC Building Designations (LEED).

Lynn Perkins, Campus Project Manager
Lynn is a registered architect with 35 years’ experience in design and construction.  As Campus Senior Project Manager for the past seven years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she oversaw design and construction of the foundation’s new headquarters in Seattle, which achieved LEED Platinum for New Construction.  Currently, she is planning Phase 2 of the campus, which will increase capacity by a third and complete the master plan vision for the overall campus.  Previously, she was Senior Project Manager at Fred Hutchinson and practiced at a number of design firms in Seattle.  In the community, she serves on the boards of HomeSight and Environmental Works.

Alyse Schrecongost, Associate Program Officer, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Team, Global Development Program
Alyse Schrecongost is a resource economist with policy development and project implementation experience in agriculture and water resource management. Her work at the foundation supports grantmaking in Science & Technology’s roots & tubers portfolio and the biofortification portfolio. Prior to joining the Foundation, her research and work was in West Africa, West Virginia, and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  Alyse has a masters degree in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University, her undergraduate degrees are in Economics and in Politics from Oberlin College.

Joe Torres, Project Manager, Discovery
Joe is a Project Manager for the Grand Challenges Explorations program. He currently serves as the business and operations lead and is the relationship manager working with program staff across the foundation to shape and develop topics to using the Grand Challenges Explorations platform. Prior to this role, he was a Program Coordinator on the Discovery & Translational Sciences team and has been at the foundation since June 2008. Before the foundation, Joe spent four years at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research center where he worked with the HIV Vaccine Clinical Network (HVTN) teaching non-scientists and community members about basic vaccinology and clinical trials at the Spanish, French and Portuguese speaking sites across the Caribbean, Central and South America.

Price (includes transit costs): 

$45/person for ILFI / Cascadia members and Living Future 2013 delegates

$65/person for Non-members

This tour and workshop is 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.