The Terry Thomas

A four-story, Class-A office building with two levels of below grade parking for First Western Development Services, known as The Terry Thomas Office Building. Designed by Weber + Thompson, this 70,000 square foot structure received LEED Gold Certification “Green Building” recognition for its energy-efficient design. It is Seattle’s first office building constructed without air conditioning in nearly 50 years, resulting in an energy savings of approximately 30 percent. Exterior sunshades located on the East and West sides of the office windows reduce sun penetration, and a heat-reflective coating was used on the roof to keep offices cooler during the summer months. Exposed SmartBeam® castellated steel beams were chosen for the structure not only for their aesthetic appeal but to promote cross-ventilation within the courtyard area and throughout the building complex. Custom four-story green screens within the atrium facilitate vegetation growth. This unique architecture incorporates natural light, efficient heating systems, and 100 percent recyclable steel construction materials.

Stearns was brought on board early at the recommendation of Rafn Company to assist DCI Engineers with steel framing and connection solutions, stair systems design, and specialty architectural features of the exterior sunshades and green screens. 

The structure consists of steel columns and wide flange beams within the parking garage levels and hexagonal-shaped castellated beams that frame the remaining four levels.

Stearns’ in-house detailing staff proactively provided detailed connection configuration and framing optimization while progressing with component selection, procurement, and fabrication. Stearns worked in close collaboration with Rafn Company to manage the delivery sequence and steel erection process.

Steve Stroming, Project Manager, Rafn Company stated; “R.F. Stearns’ expert management and coordination of the structural and architectural steel packages were invaluable to erecting the building smoothly and efficiently. They are team players and conduct their business with professional integrity. We look forward to the next opportunity to work together.”

The Terry Thomas Office Building received the 2009 Sustainability Project of the Year Award from the American Institute of Architects and the 2008 Sustainable Development of the Year by the Washington State Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP).

Project Details

Client: The Terry Thomas Office Building
Location: Seattle, Washington
Contractor: RAFN Company
Architect: Weber & Thompson Architects
Engineer-of-Record: DCI Engineers
Size: 70,000 square feet
Number of Levels: 4
System Type: SmartBeam, Structural Steel
Completion Date: 2006


AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects in 2009

AIA Seattle Chapter in 2008; Category/title: AIA Honor Awards - Commendation

NAIOP - Washington State in 2008; Category/title: Sustainable Development of the Year

Eco-Structure Magazine in 2008; Category/title: Evergreen Awards, Third Place, Ecommerical category

Northwest Design Awards, Seattle Design Center in 2008; Category/title: Second Place, Commercial Interior Design

U.S. Green Building Council LEED-CI, v.2 in 2009; achievement level: Platinum (43 points)

U.S. Green Building Council LEED-CS 2.0 in 2009; achievement level: Gold (39 points)