Tours

Join colleagues and tour any of the below green infrastructure sites, exclusive to CitiesAlive. Register a la carte, or choose the Advanced Delegate Pass which has local walking tour included!

 

The Bertschi School

The Bertschi School is one of the first fully certified Living Building Projects. It features multiple green roofs and an interior living wall that is irrigated with grey water from the science classroom and rainwater in a fully closed system. The wall is now seven years old! The tour will discuss the challenges and lessons learned from this innovative project designed by Mark Sindell, of GGLO Design. 

Tour Guide: Stan Richardson, Director of Technology and Campus Planning

When: Wednesday, September 20
Time: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Meet-up Location: Sheraton Seattle Hotel Lobby
Price: $69


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Bellevue City Hall Green Roof Tour

With three separate green-roof installations at Bellevue City Hall, tour guests are invited to learn about the site’s new and retrofitted green roof installations.

Tour Guide: Rick Kile, Garden Roof Technical, Sales Coordinator, American Hydrotech, Inc.

When: Thursday, September 21
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Meet-up Location: Sheraton Seattle Hotel Lobby
Price: $59 (includes bus to and from tour location)


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Green Roof

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation campus in Seattle is the largest LEED Platinum Certified nonprofit building in the world. The campus features 2 acres of green roofs along with a 1 million gallon underground rainwater storage.

NBBJ lead the design team, with the engineering done by Arup and KPFF. Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, the project's landscape architect won a 2013 ASLA Award of Excellence. American Hydrotech provided the green roof and waterproofing system.


When: Thursday, September 21
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Meet-up Location: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Visitor Center, 440 5th Ave N
Price: $29


Bullitt Center

Tour the Bullitt Center and witness for yourself how a carbon and energy neutral building functions! This guided tour, offered by the University of Washington Center for Integrated Development, will highlight the building's sustainable design strategies and include details of the building's mechanical and electrical rooms, as well as gray water and rainwater treatment systems. Don't miss your chance to tour this amazing site, which has achieved the goals of the Living Building Challenge.

When: Thursday, September 21
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Meet-up Location: Sheraton Seattle Hotel Lobby
Price: $39


Etera Mount Vernon Site 

Come explore acres of colorful pre-vegetated Etera Sedum Tiles® mats, and Sedum Stock fields. This tour will reveal how Etera Sedum Tiles® mats are created and take you through the process. From cutting in-the field, through the cooler and mixing facility, you will witness first-hand how the nursery production planting line and growing grounds are mangaged, all the way down to the shipping process!

When: Thursday, September 21
Time: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Meet-up Location: Sheraton Seattle Hotel Lobby
Price: $59


Freeway Park Tour

Learn about the history and design of this famous park, while exploring the truly unique architectural cohesion of lush vegetation, flowing water, and concrete. The Freeway Park opened in 1976 combining brutalist architecture with the softness of trees, water fountains, and lush lawns. The park has endured over the years to become a well developed 5.2 acre park that nearby residents, tourists, and commuters enjoy. 

The Freeway Park was designed by landscape architect, Lawrence Halprin (1916-2009), who revitalized neglected urban areas into modern urban oasis' - truly ahead of his time.

Tour Guide: Riisa Conklin, Executive Director, Freeway Park Association

When: Thursday, September 21
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Meet-up Location: Sheraton Seattle Hotel Lobby
Price: $29


High point Community Tour

High Point community serves as a model for inclusive sustainability. Commissioned by the Seattle Public Housing Authority, this 1,600 home residential project incorporates affordable housing, parks, gardens, public amenities, as well as ecologically sound design. SvR Design Company, Mithun, and Nakano Associates combined their expertise to redevelop the 1942 defence workers community into a brilliant, mixed-income, low impact design complex that prioritizes walkability and green space.

Lead by George Németh, Senior Housing Developer of the Seattle Housing Authority, this tour will explore High Point’s foremost features in architecture, urban design, and planning.

Tour Guide: George Németh, Senior Housing Developer, Seattle Housing Authority

When: Thursday, September 21
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Meet-up Location: Sheraton Seattle Hotel Lobby
Price: $29 (will require transit fare)


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UpGarden P-Patch Community Garden

UpGarden P-Patch Community Garden is a rooftop urban agriculture initiative overlooking the Seattle skyline. The multi-purpose garden serves as a green community space as well as source of fresh, organic produce. This impressive rooftop community garden sports an old Cadillac and an Airstream in addition to 99 plots ranging from 12" to 3' in depth. Publicly accessible, the garden makes use of underutilized parking space beside the Seattle Center. It is supported by the City of Seattle through the Parks Department's P-Patch Program. There is a waiting list for plots, and gardeners pay $43 per year to use them and donate excess food to the local food bank. 

The project was designed by Kistler Higbee Cahoot with help from the Seattle Urban Farm Company.

Tour Guide: Eric Higbee, PLA Executive Director, Pomegranate Center

When: Wednesday, September 20
Time: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Meet-up Location: Sheraton Seattle Hotel Lobby
Price: $29