THE WEST COAST'S FIRST LIVING BUILDING

Bertschi Living Building Science Wing, Seattle, Washington
Client:

Bertschi School

Size:

0.08 acres
2,250 sf open space
Completed in 2011

Services:

Landscape Architecture

Leadership Team:

Mark Sindell

Markets:

Campus Environments

"This project proves that empowering the children, whose ideas were integrated through the design, can really make a difference."

Brigitte Bertschi, Founder of the Bertschi School

The Bertschi School Science Wing is a state-of-the-art learning environment for students of an independent elementary school in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. GGLO provided landscape architectural services as part of the Restorative Design Collective, a group of design professionals formed to raise green building standards. The project is the first on the West Coast to meet the Living Building Challenge, the first in the world to target v2.0, and the first urban project to meet the challenge. The Science Wing is a low impact project that generates its own energy, treats its own waste and storm water and provides a healthy learning environment for students.

Focusing on the Living Building Petals of Site, Water, Health and Beauty, the landscape includes a Green Roof of mosses, Rain Gardens for on-site storm water filtration, Ethno-botanical gardens, a PVC-free irrigation system fed by rain water, and a Living Wall that filters building grey water.

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1st
building in the world to achieve Living Building Challenge v2.0 standards
100%
water treated on site
100%
regionally sourced materials

Awards

2017 Green Roof & Wall Award of Excellence – Interiors
2013 USGBC Center for Green Schools
– Best K-12 School
2012 WASLA Awards – Award of Merit
2012 AIA Seattle COTE – “What makes it Green” award

Certifications

Living Building Challenge – v2.0 Certified