Brooks Sports Headquarters Building - Exterior

Brooks Sports Headquarters Building


Seattle, Washington



Collaborators +

General Contractor: Skanska Construction

Structural Engineering: DCI Engineers

Mechanical & Electrical Engineering: WSP Flack & Kurtz

MEP Contractor & Sustainability: McKinstry Co.

Civil Engineering: KPFF Consulting Engineers

Landscape Architecture: Swift Company LLC

Project Size

131,000 square feet

Project Status



Certified LEED Core and Shell Platinum



The Brooks Sports Headquarters building is the first project to use the City of Seattle’s Living Building Pilot Program, requiring 75% reductions in energy and domestic water consumption, 50% on-site stormwater reuse, wide-ranging contributions to the public realm and ecology of the site, as well as a built-in post-occupancy monitoring program. The building achieves all these benchmarks while adhering to market-rate rental pricing, demonstrating profit potential for the future of sustainable development. Conceived as an urban trailhead, the ground level plan establishes a community plaza on the Burke-Gilman bike and pedestrian trail, a 27-mile connector through the heart of the city. The project fuses the tenant’s philosophy of promoting active outdoor life with a heightened sense of connectedness with the environment, including a public dashboard system that exhibit data on daily consumption patterns.

The project site, at a key intersection of two eclectic neighborhoods, was chosen for its visibility, opportunity for place-making, and potential as a vibrant community connector. The design emphasizes 8,500 square feet of open space at the street level, creating a gracious civic plaza supporting retail on 3 sides of the 5-story building. A grand exterior stairwell, clad in energy-efficient glass, connects the four office floors with the street, celebrating the act of taking the stairs and creating a close relationship between the tenant and the community.

Photography: Adam Hunter, Doug Scott, Virtuance

Selected Awards

2015 ENR Northwest Best Projects, Green Projects Category

2014 NAIOP, Washington State Chapter Office Development of the Year