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Bay Terrace Townhomes & Flats Achieves LEED Gold

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A gathering space at the heart of the 2500 block of Court G enhances the quality of community with active and passive recreation opportunities for the residents of Bay Terrace Townhomes & Flats.

We are proud to announce that sixteen new homes in Tacoma Housing Authority's
Bay Terrace Townhomes & Flats achieved LEED® Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Homes Rating System.

As a complement to Tacoma Housing Authority's larger Bay Terrace development, including the new Bay Terrace Community and Education Center, these high quality homes promote community cohesion, health and well-being while minimizing environmental impact.

Congratulations to Tacoma Housing Authority on yet another well-deserved recognition!

For a detailed look into this project's LEED achievements, as well as several of GGLO's other LEED certified projects, click here.


In Tribute to Paul Schell

Photo courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives
It is with deep sadness that GGLO acknowledges and mourns the recent death of Paul Schell.   

As a long-time mentor and client, Paul will be a greatly missed friend.  Prior to the formation of Gaylord, Grainger, Libby, O’Brien-Smith in 1986, the young partners, while at the Bumgardner  Architects, had worked directly with Paul and his Cornerstone Development Company on the six-block Waterfront Center, in Seattle, and RiverPlace in Portland, Oregon. With his encouragement, and his belief in the new firm, GGLO’s work with him included subsequent phases of RiverPlace, the Inn at Langley and the Langley Cottages, the Inn at Ludlow Bay, Friday Harbor House, and numerous project studies that were part of his broader dreams for Seattle and the region. 

He was always enthusiastically “hands on” and reveled in a collaborative design process, always including Pam in their hospitality projects. His vision of a thriving living and working downtown community transformed Seattle with renovations and re-development along First and Western Avenues. Then home to aging, empty buildings with questionable retail, the new urban neighborhood set the stage for the relocations of Benaroya Hall, SAM, and the Four Seasons Hotel.

Paul Schell was a renaissance man, an attorney, a developer with soul, Dean of UW School of Architecture & Urban Planning, Port of Seattle Commissioner, City of Seattle Mayor, arts patron, raconteur, dreamer and visionary.  We pay tribute to Paul and offer our heartfelt gratitude for his many contributions to our community and to the Northwest.


Bay Terrace Community and Education Center Achieves LEED® Gold


Tacoma's newest community center features an assortment of sustainable design features such as vegetated swales and a planted roof that slow down and remove pollutants from stormwater runoff.

We are proud to announce that Tacoma Housing Authority's Bay Terrace Community and Education Center is certified LEED® Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council.

As a complement to Tacoma Housing Authority's larger Bay Terrace development, the Community and Education Center provides office space for leasing staff and services for residents. It also accomodates a partnership with Tacoma Public School's Head Start program to provide early childhood education and an outdoor play area.

Congratulations to Tacoma Housing Authority on this well-deserved recognition!
For a detailed look into this project's LEED achievements, as well as several of GGLO's other LEED certified projects, click here.


Greenbridge Recognized for Active Design

The Center for Active Design has recognized the Greenbridge Master Plan as a winner in its first-ever Excellence Award competition. This competition highlights projects across the nation that promote healthy physical activity through the design of buildings, streets and neighborhoods. The awards recognize the key role that design plays in addressing obesity and chronic disease, with each winning project exemplifying the implementation of Active Design guidelines.

Greenbridge is a 100-acre HOPE VI community development that replaced existing 1940's era housing with a varied mix of housing types and open spaces. The end result is a culturally diverse neighborhood with services at its heart and an innovative network of open spaces, parks, pocket parks and trails that encourage exploration. The Greenbridge Master Plan represents a truly walkable community that encourages healthy activities and eschews car dependency.

You can learn more about the Center for Active Design and the other winners of the Active Design Excellence awards by visiting their website, here.


Meet Charla Lemoine - Bike to Work Week 1 Awardee

Did you ride your bike to work before Bike 2 Work Month this year?
I just moved at the end of April, specifically to be closer for commuting and hoping to ride my bike and walk more. Before that we were in Lake City, which took about an hour to commute from. I really wanted to start my bike commuting from the new place on the first day of Bike to Work Month but up until the night before my bike was broken. I knew that if I didn't fix it I wouldn't have another opportunity that was as good to jump start riding so I spent all night beforehand trying to get it ready. That’s what I got the award for.

Have you learned anything from biking to work?
I’ve learned that riding my bike is faster than taking the bus. I have a really easy route so I get to work in 15 minutes. Even going home, which is uphill – it’s faster for me to bike most of the way and put my bike on the bus for the last 8 blocks – the most brutal part – than to catch the bus from downtown.

Do you think you’ll keep biking once Bike to Work Month is over?
I think I will but I will also try to walk more for the additional exercise.

Have you seen anything fun on your rides in?
Yesterday I rode to Jackson and Maynard and was waiting at the bus stop – it was so hot out. A little old lady at the bus stop pointed at my bike and at my helmet and said, “Good for your health!” and then she gave me an apple from her grocery bag.

Charla Lemoine is the GGLO Bike2Work Award winner for Week 1 of Bike to Work Month. She won her award for staying up all night ensuring her bike was prepped for the ride in on Day 1. During that night she learned the long way that there is a quick release lever for her bike’s front tire, which would have spared her from disassembling the whole thing.


The Allison Inn & Spa Highlighted in TripAdvsior’s Top 10 Green Hotels

Just in time for Earth Day – The Allison Inn and Spa was named No. 2 Green Hotel in United States by TripAdvisor, an online travel website. In survey results released this month, TripAdvisor notes that nearly a quarter of travelers consciously make eco-friendly travel choice and “85% said doing so made them feel more positive about their trip”.

We couldn’t be happier with this newest accolade on the anniversary of The Allison’s LEED Gold certification. The Allison was designed to challenge traditional thinking about hospitality design – to demonstrate that sustainability and sense of place can be synonymous with quality and comfort – The Allison continues to lead the industry.

Congratulations to our friends at The Allison who keep raising the bar – Happy Earth Day!


2014 Promotions

GGLO is excited to announce the promotion of four employees in 2014. Each of the team members below has made significant contributions to the success of the firm. GGLO's expanding leadership signifies the firm's growth, evolution and enhanced capacity to positively shape the communities in which we work and live.

Marieke Lacasse  ASLA, LEED® AP BD + C

Marieke joined GGLO in 2001, bringing her passion for multicultural, artistic environments and collaborative design. Since then, she has woven sustainability into every project, focusing on innovation of materials, placemaking and technique. Marieke has over 15 years of experience developing award-winning parks, streetscapes, gardens and community spaces. Her focus on user experience allows for comprehensively planned design promoting community stewardship. 

While at GGLO, Marieke’s has transformed the landscape of projects such as Seattle Housing Authority’s Yesler Terrace Master Plan and 10th Avenue Hill Climb, Fremont Peak Park, and Parks & Trails at Greenbridge with King County Housing Authority. She has also contributed to the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict study and is working on a community placemaking effort in Seattle’s Madison Valley. 

Marieke has presented at regional and national design conferences, including Cities Alive and WASLA, on topics ranging from Yesler Terrace’s Redevelopment and the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict, to “Living Architecture: Connecting food, water and culture”. 

Pamela Trevithick AIA, NCARB, LEED® Green Associate

Pamela brings diverse project leadership and design experience, ranging from sustainable hotel and resort hospitality projects to residential communities and mixed-use centers.  Pamela is a hospitality design leader at GGLO and has contributed her 17+ years of expertise to creating award-winning places that truly elevate the guest experience.  Though each project is unique, she advocates for a seamless and integrated approach to design and strives to accomplish GGLO’s mission through 'design for the human experience’.  

Pamela’s notable projects include the Allison Inn & Spa, The Lodge at Tiburon, Cedarbrook Lodge and Tacoma Housing Authority's first Community Center, finishing in January. She is currently leading the transformation of the landmark Semiahmoo Resort. Pamela leads the mentoring program at GGLO where she helps promote the sharing of professional knowledge, skills and expertise.

Don Caffrey AIA

Originally from the Northeast, Don moved west after receiving both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Architecture from Miami University. Through his experience at Mithun, Callison and Integrus, Don developed  a wide range of expertise from residential projects - both single and multi-family - to commercial office, retail and mixed-use, to large scale K-12 projects. 

Don now applies this acquired expertise to GGLO’s Campus Environments projects and the daily design challenges that come his way. Don mentors junior staff in learning the design processes and shares with them the joy of bringing a project from concept to built reality. Don’s notable projects at GGLO include Garfield Station at Pacific Lutheran University; Bridges@11th, a partnership between Seattle Children's Hospital, the University of Washington, and a private developer; and several design-build concept packages for Washington State University.

Jasmin Dolores
Accounting Manager

Jasmin has been a member of the GGLO family for 14 years. As the firm’s unfailingly organized Accounting Manager, Jasmin supports the business of design by processing payroll, billings and accounts payable. She is known for her commitment, adaptability and finding new ways to streamline the accounting process, recently implementing a paperless interoffice transaction system. Jasmin loves working with numbers, so it’s fitting that she believes two heads are better than one. She thrives on working collaboratively, sharing her knowledge and learning from others’ experiences.

GGLO’s principals, associates and staff congratulate the talented members on their leadership and dedication.  As our firm grows and new talent is added to our group we will continue to build positive relationships with the unified mission of “design for the human experience.”


Keeping the Juices Flowing

With all of the creativity floating about the GGLO offices, we often find ourselves needing additional design channels to vent all that creative energy. Here is a snap-shot of a few of the extracurricular activities that our staff worked on in-office in 2013.

Post Alley Hooley & Nord Alley

The Post Alley Neighborhood Hooley is an event that invited residents, businesses and visitors of Post Alley to come together and help strengthen the neighborhood through a celebration of local art, music, food and more.

The GGLO Emerging Professionals Group held an internal competition wherein teams created art installation proposals to show off during the Hooley. Pictured to the left is a snapshot of the winning group's installation. With a strong concept and dedicated team, this installation was used again, with a few minor tweaks, during the Seattle Design Festival. Learn more about the Nord Alley installation here.

Brand the Fleet

In celebration of Bike to Work Month and GGLO's investment in its very own bike fleet, we held a friendly, in-house bike bag branding competition. Staff were given simple parameters to play with and, in the end, could walk away with their very own GGLO bike bag. The competition was fierce but in the end there could be only two winners...

Juror's Choice - Internal
Juror's Choice - External

Growth at GGLO

2013 has been a busy year for GGLO. With exciting new projects and opportunities coming online, additional talented designers were needed to meet the growing demand. As the year progressed, we have been lucky to welcome many new, skilled and passionate individuals into our ranks.

Getting to know everyone at one of GGLO's Thursday "Crits", matching baby pictures to current faces.
By November, GGLO had grown to 115 employees. This number is a testament to both GGLO's commitment to design for the human experience and the pride and care we take in working with our community and eachother. GGLO employees voted our firm one of Seattle Business Magazine's '100 Best Companies to Work For' two years in a row. Excellent design puts people first, and GGLO wouldn't be what it is today without the hard work and dedication of its wonderful employees.

GGLO is still on the hunt for talented folk who share our belief in the role of design in improving lives. For a look at our current staff openings, head on over to our Opportunities page.


GGLO Giving Guide

Jasmin D, assembling a number of gift bags for the Downtown Emergency Services Center
During this season of giving, we would like to share with you a list of local and regional non-profit groups and organizations to consider contributing to in 2014.

Each of these organizations share with us a strong belief in the values of community and environmental stewardship. With the Holiday season upon us, please consider giving to these organizations who help make our city and region healthier, safer and brighter.

Architects Without Borders
Architecture for Humanity
Artist Trust
Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Islands Association
Bellevue College Foundation
Bellevue Police Foundation
Bellwether Housing
Boys & Girls Clubs Southwest
Capitol Hill Housing Foundation
Cascade Bicycle Club
Cascadia Green Building Council

Chief Sealth International High School
Compass Housing Alliance
Design In Public
Food Lifeline
Garrison Institute
Great City
HomeSight Housing Consortium of Everett and Snohomish County
Housing Development Consortium
Habitat for Humanity Seattle - King County
Housing Washington
International Living Future Institute
International Making Cities Livable
Jubilee Women’s Center
Landscape Architecture Foundation
LeadingAge Washington
Low Income Housing Institute
Mercy Housing
Movember Municipal League Foundation
National MS Society
Newberg F.I.S.H. Emergency Service
Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank
Plymouth Housing Group
Providence Health and Services
Seattle 2030 District
Seattle Architecture Foundation
Seattle University
Seattle Works
Tacoma Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium
United Way of King County
University of Washington Foundation
Urban Land Institute
Washington State Recycling Association Washington State University Foundation
Waterfront Seattle
World Water Week
Wounded Warrior Project


GGLO Jinglers 2013

Even if you were not there to see it, you may have still heard the chorus of carolers coming from Westlake Center Friday, marking the start of the 27th Annual Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition. An event put on by and benefiting the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank, Figgy Pudding is a yearly Seattle staple that attracts 10,000 people to help low-income seniors and families during the holiday season.

We are so excited to hear that this year's donation goal has been met and continues to grow! The Pike Market Senior Center announced that Figgy Pudding 2013 has raised over $103,000. Donations are still being accepted and can be made in the following ways:

1) Donate at pikemarketseniorcenter.org - category = Figgy Pudding

2) Donate via your favorite caroling team's keyword using Mobile Cause pledging.

3) Use your favorite team's ActiveGiving URL and donate on their page. GGLO Jinglers can be found here.

A bit of news regarding the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank Meals and Nutrition program: This inspiring group has served more nutritious meals as of November 15th than they did in all of 2012. 48,832 meals served so far this year, and more to come!

The GGLO Jinglers, our elite force of carolers,  put on a fantastic show during the competition. Via on-the-spot donations, as well as delicious baked-good fundraising, GGLO raised $5,464 for the Pike Market Senior Center. This netted GGLO the 3rd place Figlanthropy Award! Way to go everyone, and thank you to everyone who participated, donated and sang their hearts out during this year's Figgy Pudding!

See below for action shots of the GGLO Jinglers at Figgy Pudding 2013-


Via 6 LEED® Gold Certified + Big NAOIP Winner

We couldn't be happier to announce that Via6 is now officially LEED® Gold certified by the U.S. Green Building Council! As with our other LEED certified projects, we have created a case study that runs down the numbers behind this achievement. For a detailed look into Via6's LEED achievements, as well as several of GGLO's other LEED certified projects, click here.

In other great news, Via6 was awarded the title of Mixed-Use Development of the Year by the Washington chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) at their annual Night of the Stars event. The award is presented to teams whose projects demonstrate outstanding quality, success in the marketplace and uniqueness in design. 

Congratulations to Via6 and Pine Street Group on these well-deserved recognition!