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Bullitt Center Tour – Heavy Inspiration

While in Seattle Christy and I toured many of the city’s iconic buildings.  What stood out the most was the tour of the Bullitt Center – a building billed to be the “greenest building in the world”.  Bold statement … I like bold!  I have a deep admiration for those who want to kick “normal” or “the proven way” right square in the nut sack.

Gluelam beams, exposed wood ceilings, bright open spaces, simple and minimalistic architecture sprinkled with technology where required.  This building wasn’t just a candy shop of gadgets and gizmos—it was a building filled with good engineering practices and simple strategies.

I am bringing all of this great stuff home so we can chat about it with the team.  I hope they are up for unfinished floors, open wooden ceilings, and low embodied energy of wood—but am I missing something?  Why don’t we see more buildings like this?

Dennis Cuku

Dennis is a Mechanical Engineer with expertise in drilling rig design and is acting President of Oil Country Engineering. Paradoxically, his passion lies in the arena of sustainable building design and green building innovation. Dennis’ recent project, The Mosaic Centre, is slated for completion in May 2015 and aims to be the crown jewel of sustainable building in Edmonton becoming the first Net-Zero energy commercial office building in Alberta; an example of Alberta’s oil and gas abundance igniting innovative sustainable projects.

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