The Lake Union Building has an enviable location on the edge of the water in the heart of Seattle’s booming tech district, blocks from Amazon headquarters and many bustling shops and restaurants. The almost 50-year-old building was experiencing glare during 50% of daylight hours. Because the building was originally clad with single pane windows, both heating in summer and cooling in winter were very inefficient. In addition, tenants struggled with “double glare” directly from the sun and reflected off the lake, leading many to keep their shades down all the time.
In order to modernize the building and compete for top tech sector tenants, Henbart, the owner, replaced the entire façade. View Dynamic Glass not only addressed the comfort issues, but also restored the stunning views of the lake and beyond by dispensing with blinds and shades, and helped brand the building as high-tech and innovative. As a result of the retrofit, The Lake Union Building has achieved 18% energy savings over the original single pane glass, was awarded the 2015 Visionary Award for Energy by the Seattle 2030 District, and has received LEED Gold EBOM certification in 2017. In addition, several tenants have renewed their leases and two vacant floors have been leased.
Henbart LLC is a Seattle based real estate company that develops, owns and manages commercial and residential properties in the Pacific Northwest with the aim to add value to a neighborhood and the greater community. The company offers nearly a century of experience in the acquisition and development of real estate with the ability to hold assets long term and maintain hands-on management.