Seattle Spotlight: LEED Buildings in our Community

Since 1993, AHBL has been a regional leader in the application of sustainability principles to the built environment. Our staff has designed dozens of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified Silver, Gold, and Platinum projects throughout multiple market sectors including municipal, education, civic, and others. 

AHBL is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, which assesses building design and construction. Certification level is based on points received for meeting nine key classification categories including having a sustainable site, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, building materials used; building energy efficiency; location and transportation; innovation; environmental consideration in the region, and educational components. 

The following are some of AHBL’s most recent public LEED-certified projects around the north Puget Sound area. 

Kirkland Fire Station 24 – LEED Silver 

AHBL provided landscape architecture services for the new Kirkland Fire Station 24, which serves Finn Hill and Juanita community members. The $16.7M, 11,975 SF project helps reduce response time and provides a safety improved, healthier facility for firefighters. 

The station features an efficient irrigation system, and native and adapted plantings to reduce maintenance and replacement needs. The Fire Station 24 ribbon cutting was held in December 2021. 

Kirkland City Council Unveils New Fire Station 24 with Ribbon Cutting – City of Kirkland (kirklandwa.gov) 

King County Children and Family Justice Center – LEED Gold 

AHBL provided civil engineering and survey services for the new Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center. This four-story, 137,000 SF facility houses 10 courtrooms, a 156-bed juvenile jail, and other family resource services. The new building enhances privacy for visiting families and is designed to support King County’s “zero youth detention” goal. 

The new building construction completed in March 2020. 

New Family Justice Center Opens in Seattle - Correctional News 

Vashon Center for the Arts - LEED Silver 

Our civil engineers contributed to the design of the Vashon Center for the Arts. This $20.2M, 19,000 SF project provides a home for visual and performing artists to showcase their talents for the island community. 

The Center opened to the public in 2016. 

Vashon Center for the Arts opens to the community | LMN Architects Seattle 

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