Portfolio | Washington State Services for the Blind Building

Renewal path to net zero

Project Overview

Overall infrastructure renewal to bring a 1950’s-era, two-story office building to net zero.

Services Performed
  • Seattle, WA

Aesthetically, it’s obvious this 1950’s building is well behind today’s standards. However, this building, home of the Washington State’s Services for the Blind, holds much more than aesthetic opportunity. The goal is to provide a deep energy efficiency retrofit on this Alaska Street building in Seattle’s Central District.

Our Energy and Environment group assessed the Alaska Street building to uncover the challenges facility operators face on the aging building and failing systems, tight budgets with mandates for highly efficient buildings, lifecycle analysis, organizational leadership, and traditional design-bid-build verses the flexible Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) process, among others. Findings unearthed many ways to turn this into an enterprise project consistent with the WA Department of Energy Services energy and sustainability goals.

When completed, this building will be a model for a near net zero rehabilitation of an older building—energy consumption reduced by 70%, Energy Usage Index (EUI) of just 25 kbtu’s/year, high-efficiency heat pumps, interior LED lighting retrofit, improved building envelope with double pane windows and insulation and modernized electrical systems and emergency lighting. Stay tuned!

It’s been deeply gratifying to work with our customer to achieve their goals of deep decarbonization and energy efficiency, by utilizing modern air source heat pumps combined with low carbon electricity we’re able to nearly zero out the carbon emissions associated with operating this building.
Scott DeWees Business Developer, Energy Services

25 kbtu

Energy Use Intensity (EUI) Per Year


LED Bulbs


Energy consumption reduction


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