Experience Music Project Launch Pad
Wanting a space that not only met their growing administrative needs, but that also openly highlighted the organization’s commitment to sustainability, the Experience Music Project Launch Pad in Seattle worked with Glumac’s commissioning and energy modeling teams to outfit its new four-story office building, also known as “Little Wing,” with a series of innovative, eco-focused features.
The Experience Music Project Launch Pad serves as the administrative space for the EMP Museum and Science Fiction Museum. As such, its needs at the onset of the project extended beyond that of a regular office building. Featuring standard office space, a secure climate controlled storage area for the museums’ artifact collection, and a film archival room the temperature deadband requirements could vary from room to room, leading the team to suggest a high-efficiency Variable Refrigerent Flow (VRF) system with a decoupled Dedicated Outside Air System (DOAS) to meet the projects demanding energy efficiency requirements.. The project was also an early example of the energy savings that could be achieved through LED lighting, as it was one of the earliest buildings to be outfitted entirely with LED lighting, and advanced lighting controls, utilizing occupancy sensors and daylighting controls. This decreased the overall outputs and usage rates throughout the day. A rainwater collection system was designed to decrease the building’s water usage to 75% of what the area’s building code requires, and saved EMP from needing to spend extra to extend its storm drainage line farther from the building. In the end, Glumac’s commissioning team provided advanced knowledge of these complex systems to satisfy the owner’s demanding requirements.
Glumac’s commissioning and energy modeling teams worked with EMP to ensure the project reached LEED Platinum certification. It also received the 2013 ENR Best Project Award for Office/Retail/Mixed-Use Developments in the Pacific Northwest.
Size: 54,000 sf
Completion Date: 2013
Architect: Collins Woerman
Contractor: Howard S Wright