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Capitol Hill EcoDistrict Recognized for Innovation, Exemplifying Smart Growth

The Capitol Hill EcoDistrict was recognized today with the "Excellence in Creating Livable CommunitiesEquity and Environment Award" as part of Futurewise's 25th Annual Spring Luncheon and Livable Communities ceremony. These awards are given to organizations, institutions and communities that use innovative policies and programs to exemplify smart growth and healthy living principles in their communities.

Congratulations to Capitol Hill Housing, whose spearheading of this community-driven program has renewed passion for sustainability at the neighborhood scale.

GGLO worked with Capitol Hill Housing to lay the framework for the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict, which includes an inventory of neighborhood assets and recommendations for action. For an in-depth look into the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict, as well as a link to download the full report, head over to our insight page


GGLO Named LEED® Proven Provider™ by Green Building Certification Institute


We are very excited to announce that GGLO has been recognized as a LEED® Proven Provider™ for the Building Design and Construction rating system family by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). GGLO’s design teams are not only skilled at integrating sustainability into designs, our architects, landscape architects, urban and interior designers are experienced with leading the certification efforts to streamline the process. 

Quality is at the core of the LEED certification process, and GGLO has exhibited expertise in helping to bring healthy, high-performing buildings to the market,” said Doug Gatlin, vice president of program delivery, USGBC and GBCI. “The LEED Proven Provider model represents a great partnership between GGLO and GBCI, because it allows GBCI to maintain a rigorous certification program and gives GGLO the opportunity to deliver LEED projects to its clients faster.”

GGLO's rapidly growing list of LEED projects has resulted in over 2,400 LEED certified housing units and over 3,000,000 GSF of LEED certified space.

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2015 Promotions

GGLO is excited to announce the promotion of eight employees in 2015. 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.

David Winans  AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, Homes
Senior Associate

David joined GGLO in 2004 after practicing for many years in Texas on institutional, corporate office and retail projects. At GGLO, David has managed and provided technical leadership on numerous multifamily and mixed-use projects, his most recent being the new Woodway Town Hall. David helped to create GGLO’s Practice Roundtable for Project Managers and Technical Staff.

As a LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C and Homes), David has led the majority of his projects to LEED certification and serves as a technical resource for LEED certification to other project teams in the office. David’s projects include Hjarta, AVA Queen Anne, AVA University District and Avalon Newcastle.

Kevin Reed  AIA, NCARB, LEED® AP+C
Senior Associate

With a personal goal of finding a way for people of all means to have access to quality homes, Kevin’s career has largely focused on designing affordable, quality and sustainable housing. His design experience is rounded out by a broad range of project types including high-rise multifamily, hospitality and mixed-income neighborhood redevelopment. On all of these projects, Kevin has developed and applied an expertise is 

Building Information Modeling (BIM).

Kevin’s in-depth knowledge of BIM technology and its application to design and building construction processes has been applied on many of Kevin’s recent projects such as Alley 111, Providence Joseph House and Seattle Civic Square. 

Tiina Ritval  LEED® AP BD+C

Since 2006, Tiina has utilized her expansive understanding of construction technology and  complex design to help create numerous transformative projects at GGLO. She has exercised her design muscles in projects ranging from downtown towers to single tenant spaces and a whole lot in between. Coupled with her passion for analysis and density, Tiina has devoted her design expertise in helping GGLO shape communities that both thrive and bring people together.

One of Tiina’s most recent projects, the commercial remodel of the popular Urban Animal veterinary practice on Capitol Hill, resulted in a highly functional clinic that was representative of both Urban Animal’s essence and the neighborhood’s aesthetic.

Jen Lien  AIA, NCARB LEED® Green Associate

Jen Lien brings 17 years of experience, ranging from urban housing to public transit, along with her interests in art, culture and community to each of her projects. Within GGLO, Jen engages junior staff through the firm’s mentorship program,  demonstrating  and modeling coordination of design and project management with the goal of creating efficient, lasting and beautiful projects.

Since joining GGLO in 2011, Jen has acted as lead architect for a number of GGLO’s current projects such as the Trinsic West Seattle development.  She has also contributed her technical skills to projects including the Spring District in Bellevue and Seattle Housing Authority’s Yesler Terrace. She is currently managing the design team for Seattle Civic Square, a 43-story mixed-use tower in the heart of downtown Seattle.  

Michael Lipko  ASLA

Since arriving at GGLO from his native New Jersey in 2013, Michael has immersed himself in the local landscape so he could better understand how history, people, ecology and climate interact to shape the places we call home. Growing up in a traditionally designed NJ neighborhood, Michael learned early on that walkable and bikeable communities with tree lined streets and open spaces encourage people to engage and connect with their community.

Michael is inspired by local food, ecology, native plant communities, watersheds, post-industrial landscapes and civic art. All of these typologies form the lens through which he practices collaborative design with his clients and allied professionals. Michael is the Project Landscape Architect for GGLO’s collaborative design of Avalon Newcastle, a 21st century town square community. 

Christine Harrington  ASLA, LEED® AP BD+C

Christine has served as project manager and lead landscape architect on numerous projects since joining GGLO in 2012. Christine applies her strong repertoire of skills and knowledge to designing parks, civic spaces, educational campuses, urban infill projects and spaces that feature public art.

With extensive experience in the public design process, Christine works among multi-cultural and multi-generational groups to build consensus around design. Christine is currently working on 624 Yale, a mixed-use project in South Lake Union; Seattle Civic Square, a high-rise, mixed-use project in downtown Seattle and Boise Civic Square in Boise, Idaho. Christine brings a high attention to detail, both in the office and out, serving her community through her seat on Seattle’s West Design Review Board overseeing South Lake Union, Queen Anne and Magnolia.

Blake Williams  AIA, NCARB LEED® Green Associate

Blake joined GGLO in 2013 bringing with him his passion for placemaking in architectural design. Blake’s previous work in the design field ranges from writer and university-level educator to design-lead and collaborator on higher education projects. Early in his career Blake honed his design skills on projects such as the Washington State Convention Center.

Blake has applied his knowledge and skill to several notable projects at GGLO including Trinsic West Seattle and Avalon Newcastle. With a sensitivity to global cultures and a strong commitment to sustainability, Blake brings innovative ideas to GGLO with a focus on the client, the project setting and the experience of the end-user.

Tina Suh  LEED® Green Associate
Marketing Manager

Tina’s experience in design is extensive, ranging from print advertising and publication layout to event promotion and direct marketing. She continues to define clear design solutions in every project she undertakes.

Exposures to various cultures and experiences around the world have given Tina a greater understanding of different communication styles. She is passionate about collaborating with a team and understands the power of versatility in successful communication. With Tina, recognizing and creatively utilizing numerous communication styles allows for maximum efficiency in her work and interactions.


Happy Holidays From GGLO

Wishing You and Yours,
Happy Holidays and a Splendid New Years

Warm up by the fire, get cozy and take in GGLO's 2014 in review

The GGLO Jinglers took 2nd place in the Figlanthropy category at this year's Figgy Pudding caroling competition to benefit Pike Place Market Senior Center.

2014 was a year of many 'firsts' for GGLO. Alicia Daniels Uhlig become GGLO's first LEED Fellow, hot on the heels of GGLO winning "Best Residential Firm - Large" in USGBC's Best of Building Awards. GGLO's first ever community center, the Bay Terrace Community & Education Center was certified LEED® Gold earlier this year.

In the office or on the streets of Seattle, GGLOers gathered together to stay active in 2014. Our Landscape Team led the GGLO PARK(ing) DAY installation, turning a parking spot outside of the Seattle Art Museum into a place where the public could interact and relax. Our passion for getting together and staying active is also reflected in the way we design our projects; Greenbridge was a winner in The Center for Active Design's first-ever Excellence in Active Design Awards.


GGLO welcomed 19 talented individuals to our ranks this year. We would also like to congratulate the 20 newly LEED accredited GGLO professionals that have shown much dedication in growing their own
sustainable and technical knowledge in 2014. We're looking for more great people to join our team.

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GGLO has a long history of supporting non-profit groups that share the firm's core values of community and environmental stewardship. Here you can find a list of local and regional non-profit groups to consider for your corporate and personal giving this holiday season.

GoodLuckAs many of you know, in 2014 we say farewell to both Founding Principal Bill Gaylord and Principal Carol Schaefer. Building on more than 30 years spent designing places that transform the communities we live in, Bill is pursuing his expansive interest in art, culture and celebration of community through his own company, BONFIRE. Carol, whose 27-year tenure at GGLO has shaped our robust Interior Design practice and our multidisciplinary design firm as a whole, plans to build a house and spend quality time on the Olympic Peninsula.


Semiahmoo Resort Wins Big at IIDANP Awards Ceremony

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On Monday night at Benaroya Hall GGLO's Pamela Trevithick accepted the Design INhospitality award for Pierside Kitchen and Packers Oyster Bar at Semiahmoo Resort from the IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter while the team and the audience celebrated. 

The Design IN Hospitality award recognizes the best interior design in hotel, resort, restaurant, spa and retail projects in the Northwest region. GGLO was complimented for delivering a tightly implemented, historic atmosphere that "...sets the stage and anchors everything else within." (Juror Annie Chu of CHU+GOODING Architects)

The juror's also made mention of the bar and kitchen's dynamic range of material finishes and furniture. Ms. Chu pointed out that the furniture choices played a great role in creating an effective way to carve out spaces for variety in both settings. Paul Mellblom of MSR also remarked on the diversity and scale of furniture and made mention that, "...there is this kind of consistency that isn't about matching, but about being appropriate and comfortable throughout the scope of the project."

To see the awards ceremony in its entirety, you can check out IIDA's livestream here. GGLO's portion begins at 51:45.

This award follows Via6's win last year at INawards13. Via6 brought home the Design INhome award for best residential interior design in 2013.


Alicia Daniels Uhlig - 2014 LEED Fellow

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GGLO is proud to announce that architect Alicia Daniels Uhlig, Principal and Director of Sustainability, has been named a 2014 LEED Fellow by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This designation honors professionals for their exceptional contributions to the green building community and recognizes significant achievements among LEED Professionals.

To earn this designation, LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers, undergo an extensive portfolio review, must have at least 10 years of experience in the green building industry and hold a LEED Accredited Professional with specialty credential for eight or more years. The elite 2014 class of LEED Fellows will be recognized at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in New Orleans, October 22nd-24th.

Congratulations to Alicia and the LEED Fellow Class of 2014!

LEED® Fellow™ and the LEED Fellow logos are trademarks owned by the US Green Building Council® and are used with permission.


GGLO wins "Best Residential Firm - Large" in USGBC's Best of Building Awards

GGLO LEED Certified Projects
We are excited to announce that GGLO is this year's winner of the "Best Residential Design Firm - Large" award as part of the US Green Building Council's first annual Best of Building Awards.

The Best of Building Awards celebrate the year's best green products, projects, organizations and individuals making impact in green building.

Nominees and winners are selected exclusively by the members of USGBC, a vibrant and diverse community of the world's leading organizations invested in sustainability.

We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with likeminded clients who share our core values of community and environmental stewardship. For a detailed look into GGLO's LEED® certified projects, click here.


PARK(ing) Day is Tomorrow!

GGLO's Park(ing) Day installation will be across the street in front of SAM's Taste Restaurant from 9am-3pm. Come hang out, then walk around downtown and check out the other installations popping up on the last day of the Seattle Design Festival. See SDOT's map and description of all the installations throughout Seattle here. 


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 accommodates 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.