Rob Peña at Western Washington University

Bulitt Center
Photo courtesy of John Young

We heard through the grapevine that Rob Peña is coming to Bellingham to speak about the Bullitt Center and decided to invite him over for a beer!  Of course you’re invited too.  Rob will be speaking at 4:00 on November 14th in Academic West Room 204.

Rob Peña, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington where he teaches architectural design studios and environmental control systems courses with an emphasis on ecological design and high-performance buildings.  He will speak on the design and functioning of the Bullitt Center as part of the College of Fine and Performing Art: Department of Art’s speaker series on Art, Ecology and Climate Change.  For the past five years Rob has worked with the Bullitt Foundation, the Miller Hull Partnership, and Schuchart Construction, on the design and construction of the Bullitt Center.

The Bullitt Center opened in Seattle, Washington on Earth Day, April 22, 2013, under the auspicious  title “the greenest building on earth”. The 50,000-square-foot office building pushes the edges of sustainable architecture with its roof-top cap of photo-voltaics estimated to produce 230,000 kWh a year, its 56,000-gallon cistern for water, its lack of parking and its mandate to educate the public through docent-lead tours of the building.

An informal social will follow shortly after the event (around 5:30), at the Chuckanut Builders shop and will be co-hosted with the Sustainable Connections Green Building and Smart Growth program.  Hope you can make it!