ShoWare Center

Kent, Washington

Project Size:

154,400 square feet

Project Status:

Completed 2009

LEED Status:

Certified LEED New Construction Gold


Civic Design, Interior Design


ShoWare Center

ARCHITECT, 10/09/2009

Kent Arena First To Land Green Certification

Puget Sound Business Journal, 01/09/2009

Kent Event Center: 'Not a Bad Seat in the House', 06/18/2008

LMN's 'Green' Kent Events Center

PanStadia, 04/01/2008

Selected Awards

2013 AIA Seattle Chapter

Honorable Mention

2012 The Chicago Athenaeum & European Centre

American Architecture Award

2009 Northwest Construction Consumer Council

Sustainable Green Project of the Year

2008 AIA Washington Council

Civic Design Awards, Citation Award

The design creates a vibrant community presence and enriches the drama of  the event experience. Luminous “energy lines” reach out from the arena to define radial paths of entry. Sloping soffits of polished stainless steel at the perimeter of the glass lobby reflect patron activity, graphics, and lighting— amplifying the excitement.

Home to the Seattle Thunderbirds hockey team, ShoWare Center provides optimum flexibility to serve a diverse range of sports, trade shows and entertainment events. Extensive daylighting and visual interconnectivity differentiate ShoWare Center from the typical inward-oriented event center. Continuous ground level glazing and upper level carved openings animate the composition of seating bowl, concourse and roof structure elements. Airplane hangar doors are employed as operable shutters at the upper concourse to engage the entry forecourt and provide majestic views of Mt. Rainier.

ShoWare Center is the first new-construction event center projects in the country to achieve LEED Gold certification. Sustainable elements include a variety of water conservation measures that will reduce water usage by 40%; energy smart heating and cooling systems that will reduce energy consumption by 37%; and extensive daylighting of concourses and other public areas outside of the seating bowl.