Fresh off their victory over an appeal against permits for the development planned for Madison and 15th Ave, the Bullitt Foundation is wasting little time in celebrating the path to construction for the Cascadia Center for Sustainable Design and Construction. Details on a free May 4th community event at Benaroya Hall showcasing the net-zero energy project are below.
The Cascadia Center’s backers Bullitt and developers Point32 aim to meet the goals of the Living Building Challenge, a set of 20 priorities including 100% on-site waste management and renewable energy generation.
In January, the state authorized local bonds to pay for an $11 million federal energy grant awarded to the 50,000 square-foot project. UPDATE: Point 32’s Chris Rogers clarifies the purpose of the bond:
The bond program you mentioned was actually a federal tax exempt bond program that was administered by the City of Seattle that will allow for a below market interest rate on an $11 million loan from US Bank.
The Center is planned as a living building “designed to satisfy all [of] its energy, water and waste needs on-site,” according to architecture firm Miller Hull leading its design. The building will have an expansive set of solar panels and will include retail and office space as well as serving as the headquarters for the Bullitt Foundation. It will also be built without a single parking spot.