Welcome to the latest GGLO news.

1/02/2014

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
Principal

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
Principal

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
Associate


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.”
  



12/23/2013

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.




12/20/2013

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
ChildHaven
Crosscut
Compass Housing Alliance
DESC
Design In Public
Food Lifeline
Forterra 
Futurewise
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
Ryther
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


12/10/2013

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-







12/02/2013

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!


11/13/2013

GGLO Named 2013 Green 50 Award Winner by Seattle Business Magazine

Pictured left to right: Principal Mark Sindell, Sustainability Director and Principal Alicia Daniels Uhlig and Amanda Reed 
GGLO has been named the top green architecture firm in Washington state by Seattle Business Magazine [note: we define ourselves as an architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and urban design and planning firm, but we happily accept the award!]. The magazine's Washington Green 50 List focused on organizations that embrace the highest standards of environmentally conscientious business practices.

GGLO was commended for having designed and participated, "in 20 projects totaling more than 1.6 million square feet of LEED certified space throughout the Pacific Northwest." 

Seattle Business Magazine described GGLO as, "set to remain at the front of Seattle's sustainable movement well into the future."

For more information on GGLO's insight into sustainability initiatives, check out our site here.

There were a number of GGLO partners and clients that were also recognized at the Green 50 event. Congratulations to Walsh Construction, Seattle University, the University of Washington, Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County, Andersen Construction and Columbia Hospitality!

We would like to congratulate all those acknowledged this year for their fantastic contribution to sustainable business in Washington. 
 


The Allison Inn & Spa Draws Top Rankings in Condé Nast and Travel + Leisure

"At Oregon’s Allison Inn & Spa, you can wake up to a view of Willamette Valley from your terrace, spend the afternoon sampling Pinot Noirs at local wineries, then retreat to the hotel spa for a “pinotherapy” treatment." - Travel + Leisure
The Allison Inn & Spa was again chosen as a top destination by Travel + Leisure's readership in the annual World's Best Awards survey. The Allison was the No. 4 hotel overall and the only hotel in the United States to be in the top five of the World's Best Wine Country Hotels, according to readers.

In Condé Nast’Readers' Choice Awards the Allison was named the #1 hotel in the Pacific Northwest. The Allison scored highly in all hotel criteria but topped the charts in the 'Design' category with a score of 97/100.



The Allison Inn & Spa's design is inspired by the lush Willamette Valley that surrounds it. Five acres of planted vineyards are the backdrop for several of the Allison's outdoor spaces. Travel + Leisure describes the Allison as, "...blend[ing] into its setting, with subtle earth tones that match the nearby vineyards, gardens and lawns."

Not to be missed is JORY, the Allison's signature restaurant. Taking its cue from the sustainable elements infused throughout the Allison's design, JORY's extensive wine list is coded by bio-dynamic, organic and sustainable wines.










To our friends at The Allison, keep on knocking it out of the park!
 


7/31/2013

Greenbridge: A Model 10-Minute Neighborhood

Photo by Steve Keating Photography
Greenbridge, a mixed income community in White Center was recently selected to receive the 10-Minute Neighborhood Award at the 50th International Making Cities Livable Conference in Portland. The award recognizes the outstanding effort that King County Housing Authority and their design team, led by GGLO, have made to create a vibrant neighborhood through emphasizing public space, plazas and pathways.

The conference theme, 'Reshaping Suburbia Into Complete Healthy Communities', encapsulates the story behind Greenbridge. This BuiltGreen® neighborhood, the focus of a 100-acre HOPE VI redevelopment plan, 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 a myriad of connections to the surrounding community.

GGLO has had the pleasure of working with the Housing Authority on the design and planning of Greenbridge for over 10 years now, and we couldn't be more excited to see this community continue to flourish and be recognized.


6/26/2013

100 Best Companies to Work For 2013


The 2013 results are in and we are happy to report that GGLO was listed #12 in the Large Companies category of Seattle Business Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For.

As in 2012, GGLO was the only design firm to be named among the impressive list of Washington companies.


Now in its 23rd year, the survey research team scores companies in 12 categories “including such vital areas as communication, executive leadership, corporate culture and workplace environment,” to determine the best employers in Washington State.

It’s also worth noting that GGLO changed categories – from midsize to large. Our staff has grown, and we’re always on the lookout for talented individuals who share our values – especially those with experience in Hospitality Environments, Senior Living, Student Housing, Affordable Housing and Market-Rate Multifamily - to join our staff.

Congratulations to all the companies that placed in the top 100  - and to their lucky staff!




5/14/2013

The Seattle Climate Action Plan

The Seattle Climate Action Plan

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In 2011 Seattle City Council and Mayor Mike McGinn set an ambitious goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. On Earth Day 2013 the Council was presented with a document that outlines strategies to realize this goal, the 2013 Seattle Climate Action Plan (CAP).


SeattleCAP 1 3The Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) has worked closely with community members, other city departments, Council and the Mayor's Office to research and develop this document. GGLO, in close collaboration with OSE, structured and illustrated the CAP to best communicate how Seattle addresses climate change and how the City and greater community can work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote social equity.

GGLO is proud to have been a part of this ambitious report and we are happy to have a chance to share it with you. Read the report to see how you can contribute to Seattle's goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.

You can learn more about GGLO's efforts in climate action planning, as well as additional CAP resources, here
                                                                                                   
 
                                                               


5/09/2013

Introducing the GGLO Bike Fleet


Last Wednesday, May 1, GGLO kicked off our annual Bike to Work Month Challenge, enlisting four teams (37 riders) to compete in several categories. As of this Wednesday, in one week GGLO riders made 84 trips, totaling 1,246 miles.

We’re proud of our bike-riding employees' enthusiasm for this effort and we wanted to take it a step further. Not everyone at GGLO owns or has access to a bicycle.  According to the 2012 Bicycle Participation Survey conducted by SDOT, about 60% of Seattle residents say that they do not have access to a working bike.    Among the 40% who do have access, only 13% ride daily or a few times a week, while 40% ride never or almost never.

In the attempt to reach a solution for our firm, GGLO worked with Velo Bike Shop to select four “cruiser” style bicycles that would be durable, approachable and beautiful to encourage non-bike owning GGLOers to take the bikes on short trips for their errands and appointments around town. Lloyd Tamura and his great crew, from their new home at the Northeast corner of Via6, have consulted several other firms and agencies on purchase of bicycle fleets and were extremely helpful in assisting us on the purchase of four bicycles, helmets and locks.

So far, the new bikes are quite popular and we hope to support additional ridership through the following measures:

  • Throughout May, we are holding weekly “crits” on bicycle maintenance and safety related topics. Today’s crit, How to Change a Flat, will do just that.

  • We are holding an internal contest to design branded accessories and safety gear, to be judged by guest jurors.

  • By popular demand, we are creating maps of bike-friendly routes to popular destinations around our office.

From GGLO, we wish you a safe and happy Bike-to-Work Month. Check back for updates!