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Wednesday, May 1
 

9:00am PDT

Amazon Spheres Tour
**Sorry, THIS TOUR IS FULL AND WE ALREADY HAVE AN EXTENSIVE WAIT LIST**

** You can visit this building on your own, by checking out their unguided tour options for Saturday, May 4th on their website here - beginning April 1st. Time slots book up quickly, so make reservations early. You can cancel your reservation for free up to 24 hours in advance of the tour.

TOUR STARTING LOCATION & TRANSPORTATION: Attendees will meet at the site and are responsible for transportation to and from the tour. Use the entrance on Lenora Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.

Attendees should plan to arrive by 8:45am and have photo ID* handy to complete the check-in process.

The Spheres | 2111 7th Avenue; Seattle, WA 98121

TOUR:
John Savo, a Principal and lead architect in NBBJ’s commercial and corporate practice whose work includes projects for Amazon, will guide learners around this 4-story alternative workspace for Amazon employees. Attendees can expect to learn the concepts behind the structure of the building, hear about the design story and build process, and experience the diversity of its plant inhabitants.

*A valid government-issued photo ID is required from each attendee check-in. Photocopies or pictures of identification will not be accepted. To get the most out of your visit to The Spheres, Amazon asks that you adhere to the following guidelines:
  • Please remain on walkways and refrain from touching plant life.
  • No alcohol, pets, or weapons are allowed.
  • No outside plant life is allowed.
  • Limit your bag size to 12” x 12” or less.

Wednesday May 1, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
Seattle Spheres

9:30am PDT

Bainbridge Island LBC Tour | AM
Please note: ALL workshops, summits, and tours require official registration through the main unConference registration page. There is an additional charge to attend (unless you’ve purchased a VIP unConference pass). You can sign up for individual workshops, summits, and tours à la carte (without an unConference pass) OR if you’ve already purchased your unConference pass, you can log back in and add any workshops, summits, or tours to your registration.

LF19 pre-conference workshops, summits, and tours are open to both conference attendees looking to add to their experience as well as non-conference attendees. ILFI Members receive a discount on the cost of registration. Become a member today!

This tour is dependent on a minimum number of registered attendees and is subject to cancellation if we do not have enough people sign up. Exact times are subject to change. More detailed information (tour guide names, lunch details, etc.) will be sent to registered attendees in advance of the tour date. 

COST: $75 per person

STARTING LOCATION: Meet at the Downtown Seattle Ferry Terminal to Bainbridge Island (801 Alaskan Way Seattle, WA 98104). Our group will gather near the popcorn (you’ll smell it), right next to the ticket booth on the top floor, and board the ferry together. The ferry leaves at 9:35am. Our recommendation is to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to departure — you will not be included on the tour if you miss the 9:35am sailing.* The ferry will reach Bainbridge Island at 10:10am, where you will board a chartered shuttle for the tour.

Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to the meeting spot for this tour. We recommend taking public transportation—click here to buy lightrail/bus tickets, view schedules or download the King County Transportation App for your phone.

*If attendees live on Bainbridge Island, they can meet at the Bainbridge Ferry Terminal by 10:10am in order to catch the shuttle.

TOUR: Attendees will circumnavigate Bainbridge Island, with stops at three buildings for tours and an additional pause for lunch downtown. Details below:

Heron Hall is the home of Jason F. McLennan and his family. As a Certified LBC project, Heron Hall embodies the philosophy of sustainable architecture through high performance systems and elegant design. Serving as a teaching tool as well as a private residence, the project is raising the bar for future homes. The structure uses salvaged materials alongside cutting-edge products–the vast majority of which are sourced from within a tight radius of the project site. A rainwater cistern provides all needed water and composting toilets process waste efficiently. The project uses strategies such as passive solar and natural ventilation to lower the operating energy required for this beautiful home. Hear the founder of the Living Building Challenge discuss his philosophy in action. Learn more here.

The Silver Rock Residence is a single family home currently under construction on Bainbridge Island, WA. It is seeking full Living Building Certification. The project owners partnered with McLennan Design and Batt + Lear Construction to design and create a single story home that blends with the woodland landscape. Project highlights include: use of state of the art building practices, use of site milled lumber and structurally insulated rammed earth (SIREWALL), an extensive green roof with PV solar array, and an impressive hallway that extends the length of the home while highlighting outside features. Learn more here. 

The Walk is a 52-unit net zero energy townhome project on Bainbridge Island, just a 15-minute walk to the Bainbridge ferry terminal. It seeks Petal Certification under the LBC. Twenty-four of the townhomes and flats will be available for rent and 28 will be for sale. Five of the units will be deeded permanently affordable. The homes will be powered by solar and electric charging will be available for tenant cars. An electric car share car will be available to residents for daily use. Learn more here.

RETURN: After the tour, attendees will be dropped back at the ferry terminal and can choose to return to Seattle whenever they like. Downtown Bainbridge is walking distance from the terminal and ferries depart approximately every 45 minutes. 

We recommend taking public transportation upon return to Seattle—click here to buy lightrail/bus tickets, view schedules or download the King County Transportation App for your phone.

Can’t make the 9:35am ferry? Join us on the 11:25am ferry for the PM tour!

CONTINUING EDUCATION
This course is approved for the following continuing education credits:

Wednesday May 1, 2019 9:30am - 4:30pm PDT
Bainbridge Island (Ferry between Seattle & Bainbridge)

10:00am PDT

Bullitt Center Tour | AM
LF19 pre-conference workshops, summits, and tours are open to both conference attendees looking to add to their experience as well as non-conference attendees. ILFI Members receive a discount on the cost of registration. Become a member today!

Please note: ALL workshops, summits, and tours require official registration through the main unConference registration page. There is an additional charge to attend (unless you’ve purchased a VIP unConference pass). You can sign up for individual workshops, summits, and tours à la carte (without an unConference pass) OR if you’ve already purchased your unConference pass, you can log back in and add any workshops, summits, or tours to your registration.

COST: $30 per person

STARTING LOCATION: Meet at the Bullitt Center (1501 E Madison Street; Seattle, WA 98122). All attendees must meet outside the Bullitt Center entrance on the west side (by the park) at 9:50am.

Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to the meeting spot for this tour. We recommend taking public transportation—click here to buy lightrail/bus tickets, view schedules or download the King County Transportation App for your phone. 

TOUR: The Bullitt Center was developed with a single goal in mind: to show people what’s possible today, in order to influence the development and operation of other buildings around the world. In short, the Bullitt Center loves visitors.

As the largest urban office building certified to the standards of the Living Building Challenge, tours of the Bullitt Center offer a chance to see the various operational systems, including mechanical, rainwater, constructed wetland, composting and electrical. During the tour, visitors will explore the building from the basement to the soaring “irresistible stairway,” and see how one floor has been finished into a comfortable open office plan.

Come see for yourself during this “behind the scenes” tour led by project team members.

RETURN: Attendees are responsible for their own transportation after the tour. We recommend taking public transportation—click here to buy lightrail/bus tickets, view schedules or download the King County Transportation App for your phone.

CAN’T ATTEND THE MORNING TOUR? JOIN US FOR THE 2PM TOUR!

CONTINUING EDUCATION
This course is approved for the following continuing education credits:

Wednesday May 1, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am PDT
Bullitt Center 1501 East Madison Street, Suite 150, Seattle 98122

10:00am PDT

Zero Energy/High Performance Buildings Tour
**Please note: ALL workshops, summits & tours require official registration through the main unConference registration page. There is an additional charge to attend (unless you've purchased a VIP conference pass). You can sign up for individual workshops, summits and tours A La Carte (without a conference pass) OR if you've already purchased your conference pass, you can log back in and add any workshops, summits or tours to your registration**  

COST: $20 per person 

STARTING LOCATION & TRANSPORTATION: Attendees will meet at the JW Architects King Street office (1257 S King St, Seattle, WA 98144).

*transportation between tour sites will be provided for attendees*

TOUR:
The first stop is a tour of a Zero Energy certified office building, led by Julian Weber, Founding Principal of JW Architects. The tour will include a presentation on King Street project design and construction, including laser cut study models and construction photos. Julian will review their certification experience with the International Living Future Institute and present some slides about their full scale art installations and explain our ideas behind our unique, flexible entry space. This will be followed by a Q&A session which will allow attendees to leave with concrete takeaways that they can use in their own line of work. They will provide digital handouts and during the Q&A period attendees will be invited to engage with the building themselves, check out the eGauge - our energy meter that allows us to see our solar production in real time, and participate with each other and Julian Weber. Finally, there will be a full walking tour through the building.

The second stop is a tour of Inspire at the Russell W. Young Building. Inspire is a 42-unit multifamily development that is participating in the City of Seattle's Living Building Pilot Program and pursuing Energy Petal Certification. In a partnership between Russell's Fifth Avenue and Shilshole Development, the project aims to become Seattle's first multifamily building to achieve net-positive energy. The late Russell W. Young, an innovative entrepreneur during his days in Seattle, was the Executive Vice President of Advertising for The Seattle Times and recognized by Ohio State University as one of the school's 100 Most Influential Alumni of the 20th Century. Inspire is being built in the spirit of creativity, innovation, and forward progress that Russell W. Young demonstrated during is remarkable life.

Please note that it will be a live construction site so attendees will need to wear appropriate footwear. Details to follow for registered attendees.

Attendees are responsible for their own transportation after the tour.

Wednesday May 1, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Seattle - Various

10:00am PDT

Design with the 90% + Gates Foundation Tour
**Please note: ALL workshops, summits & tours require official registration through the main unConference registration page. There is an additional charge to attend (unless you've purchased a VIP conference pass). You can sign up for individual workshops, summits and tours A La Carte (without a conference pass) OR if you've already purchased your conference pass, you can log back in and add any workshops, summits or tours to your registration**  

COST: $15 per person

STARTING LOCATION & TRANSPORTATION: Attendees will meet at the Hyatt Regency Seattle downtown hotel lobby at 10am (808 Howell St, Seattle, WA 98101).

Each attendee will be given a one-way monorail ticket to get to the Gates Foundation Discovery Center as a group (with a tour guide). The group will take a 5-minute walk to board the monorail together towards Seattle Center, followed by a 5-minute walk to the Gates Foundation campus.

Attendees are responsible for their own transportation after the tour.

TOUR:
A Gates Foundation Discovery Center tour guide will lead a group through the building with a focus on the 'Design with the 90%' exhibit. Following that portion, the group will continue the tour with an NBBJ tour guide.

Design with the 90% demonstrates how individuals and organizations are using design innovation to address some of the world’s most critical problems and improve lives. The 25 projects on view highlight how design is improving access to life’s essentials – clean water, health care, education, and shelter – as well as increasing economic opportunities and strengthening communities. Design with the 90% was organized by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York.

When first imagining the campus design, architects at Seattle-based firm NBBJ were inspired by a map of the globe illustrating the pathways of world commerce and travel. To relate this concept of connection to the work of the foundation, they drew lines from a point in Seattle to places around the globe where our grantees work to address the needs of the world’s most vulnerable people. These initial drawings developed into the sweeping, outward-reaching arms of the campus buildings. While conceptually connecting the foundation to its global work, these arms are grounded in Seattle: they rest on buildings that align with the Seattle street grid. The campus is designed to operate efficiently for a century or more with sustainable design integrated throughout every aspect.

Wednesday May 1, 2019 10:00am - 12:30pm PDT
Gates Foundation

10:00am PDT

Washington Park Arboretum + Japanese Gardens Tour
**Please note: ALL workshops, summits & tours require official registration through the main unConference registration page. There is an additional charge to attend (unless you've purchased a VIP conference pass). You can sign up for individual workshops, summits and tours A La Carte (without a conference pass) OR if you've already purchased your conference pass, you can log back in and add any workshops, summits or tours to your registration**  

COST: $25 per person

STARTING LOCATION & TRANSPORTATION: Attendees will meet at the Graham Visitors Center at the Arboretum (2300 Arboretum Drive E).
We recommend taking public transportation: Click here to buy lightrail/bus tickets, view schedules or download the King County Transportation App for your phone. 

Attendees are responsible for their own transportation after the tour.

TOUR:
Meet at the Japanese Garden for a tour of the grounds, then continue your guided walk throughout the neighboring Washington Park Arboretum. These private educational tours are tailored for Living Future attendees and will cover history, programs, and plant collections, highlighting plants and gardens of seasonal interest as well as sustainable care practices.

Open to the public since June 1960, the Seattle Japanese Garden is one of the most highly regarded Japanese-style gardens in North America. Tucked within a vast arboretum in a fast-growing city, the garden attracts over 100,000 visitors annually and is beloved both locally and by garden-lovers from over 30 countries around the world. Gardens in Japan have long been regarded as an important art form that’s essential to life. This 3.5-acre garden features a style developed in the late-16th to early-17th centuries known as stroll gardens. Following a winding path around a central pond, stroll gardens invite visitors to journey through the varied landscapes of Japan – mountains, forests, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, islands and the sea. Along the journey, varied landscapes are hidden and then revealed. Renowned landscape designer Juki Iida planned the Seattle Japanese Garden faithful to the principle of shinzensa, the essence of nature. He used both traditional Japanese plant materials and Pacific Northwest natives that have spread gracefully over time. Iida also famously travelled to the Cascades to scout for and select a large number of granite rocks to install near the waterfall. With each passing season, the elements he specified long ago combine to reveal new colors, shapes and fragrances. Seasonal changes are constant, and every visit refreshingly unique.

The Washington Park Arboretum holds a world class collection of woody plants that can be explored. All year round, you’ll find something of interest along the trails that wind through 230 acres of gardens, natural areas and wetlands. Early May will be a great time to take a walk along historic Azalea Way, a 3/4 mile path through the heart of the Arboretum lined with flowering cherries, azaleas and dogwoods. Also of interest, the Loderi Valley area features large-leaved, fragrant rhododendrons sheltered by magnolias and the Pacific Connections Garden encompasses flora from all five eco-geographic regions along the Pacific Rim.

Wednesday May 1, 2019 10:00am - 1:00pm PDT
Washington Park

11:25am PDT

Bainbridge Island LBC Tour | PM
Please note: ALL workshops, summits, and tours require official registration through the main unConference registration page. There is an additional charge to attend (unless you’ve purchased a VIP unConference pass). You can sign up for individual workshops, summits, and tours à la carte (without an unConference pass) OR if you’ve already purchased your unConference pass, you can log back in and add any workshops, summits, or tours to your registration.

LF19 pre-conference workshops, summits, and tours are open to both conference attendees looking to add to their experience as well as non-conference attendees. ILFI Members receive a discount on the cost of registration. Become a member today!

This tour is dependent on a minimum number of registered attendees and is subject to cancellation if we do not have enough people sign up. Exact times are subject to change. More detailed information (tour guide names, lunch details, etc.) will be sent to registered attendees in advance of the tour date. 

COST: $75 per person

STARTING LOCATION: Meet at the Downtown Seattle Ferry Terminal to Bainbridge Island (801 Alaskan Way Seattle, WA 98104). Our group will gather near the popcorn (you’ll smell it), right next to the ticket booth on the top floor, and board the ferry together. The ferry leaves at 11:25am. Our recommendation is to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to departure — you will not be included on the tour if you miss the 11:25am sailing.* The ferry will reach Bainbridge Island at 12:00pm, and you will walk to lunch before boarding a chartered shuttle for the rest of the tour.

Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to the meeting spot for this tour. We recommend taking public transportation—click here to buy lightrail/bus tickets, view schedules or download the King County Transportation App for your phone.

*If attendees live on Bainbridge Island, they can meet at the Bainbridge Ferry Terminal by 12:00pm in order to join the group for lunch and the start of the tour loop.

TOUR: Attendees will circumnavigate Bainbridge Island, with stops at three buildings for tours and an additional pause for lunch downtown. Details below:

Heron Hall is the home of Jason F. McLennan and his family. As a Certified LBC project, Heron Hall embodies the philosophy of sustainable architecture through high performance systems and elegant design. Serving as a teaching tool as well as a private residence, the project is raising the bar for future homes. The structure uses salvaged materials alongside cutting-edge products–the vast majority of which are sourced from within a tight radius of the project site. A rainwater cistern provides all needed water and composting toilets process waste efficiently. The project uses strategies such as passive solar and natural ventilation to lower the operating energy required for this beautiful home. Hear the founder of the Living Building Challenge discuss his philosophy in action. Learn more here.

The Silver Rock Residence is a single family home currently under construction on Bainbridge Island, WA. It is seeking full Living Building Certification. The project owners partnered with McLennan Design and Batt + Lear Construction to design and create a single story home that blends with the woodland landscape. Project highlights include: use of state of the art building practices, use of site milled lumber and structurally insulated rammed earth (SIREWALL), an extensive green roof with PV solar array, and an impressive hallway that extends the length of the home while highlighting outside features. Learn more here. 

The Walk is a 52-unit net zero energy townhome project on Bainbridge Island, just a 15-minute walk to the Bainbridge ferry terminal. It seeks Petal Certification under the LBC. Twenty-four of the townhomes and flats will be available for rent and 28 will be for sale. Five of the units will be deeded permanently affordable. The homes will be powered by solar and electric charging will be available for tenant cars. An electric car share car will be available to residents for daily use. Learn more here.

RETURN: After the tour, attendees will be dropped back at the ferry terminal and can choose to return to Seattle whenever they like. Downtown Bainbridge is walking distance from the terminal and ferries depart approximately every 45 minutes. We suggest catching the 5:35pm ferry so you don’t miss the Wednesday evening afterparty!

We also recommend taking public transportation upon return to Seattle—click here to buy lightrail/bus tickets, view schedules or download the King County Transportation App for your phone.

Can’t wait to catch the 11:25am ferry? Join us on the 9:35am ferry for the AM tour!

CONTINUING EDUCATION
This course is approved for the following continuing education credits:


Wednesday May 1, 2019 11:25am - 6:15pm PDT
Bainbridge Island (Ferry between Seattle & Bainbridge)

12:00pm PDT

BLOCK Project Tour
**Please note: ALL workshops, summits & tours require official registration through the main unConference registration page. There is an additional charge to attend (unless you've purchased a VIP conference pass). You can sign up for individual workshops, summits and tours A La Carte (without a conference pass) OR if you've already purchased your conference pass, you can log back in and add any workshops, summits or tours to your registration**  

COST: $30 per person*
*A portion of this cost will be donated to the BLOCK Project + Facing Homelessness

STARTING LOCATION & TRANSPORTATION: Attendees will meet at the Beacon Hill light rail station. Attendees are responsible for getting to the light rail station on their own. Click here to buy lightrail tickets, view schedules or download the King County Transportation App for your phone. 

Each attendee will be given a lightrail ticket for transportation between the BLOCK Project sites during the tour and will travel with their group and tour guide.

Attendees are responsible for their own transportation after the tour.

TOUR:
Attendees will meet Jenn LaFreniere, BLOCK architect-owner who co-designed the home, at the Beacon Hill light rail station. Each group will tour a local BLOCK Project home and explore the surrounding neighborhood, following in the footsteps of the home's resident who commutes from that very same light rail stop. The groups will reconvene for lunch at a local eatery (or picnic, weather permitting). Next, the group will ride the light rail and walk a short distance to the Facing Homelessness office to continue the conversation. To conclude, attendees will visit the Window of Kindness and are encouraged to stick around for as long as their hearts desire.

The BLOCK Project invites community into the task of ending homelessness by placing a BLOCK Home in the backyard of one single-family lot on every residentially zoned block within the City of Seattle. Each 125 sq ft home is beautifully designed to be off-grid, self-sufficient, and amenity-rich (featuring a kitchen, bathroom, sleeping area, solar-panels, greywater system, composting toilet, etc.). The BLOCK Project represents an innovative leap forward on the issues of homelessness, cross-class integration, social inclusion, and architectural design.

The BLOCK Project is a housing initiative and a community building project. Through its integrated design, this project will not only offer opportunities for healing and advancement to those formerly living on the fringes of society, but it will also bring connection, relationship, and compassion to the center of our lives and communities. Many social injustices, including homelessness, are perpetuated through emotional and physical separation, which allows us to get stuck on the complexity of the issue. By literally saying, “Yes, in my backyard”, we will begin to see the person afflicted by the issue. We believe this will nurture the empathy needed to catalyze a global movement.

Detailed schedule/logistics:
12:00pm | Attendees meet Jenn at the Beacon Hill light rail station
12:00 - 12:30 | Group A walks to Bobby's house and tours the space, group B explores the neighborhood with other tour leader
12:30 - 12:45 | Swap! Group A begins exploring the neighborhood, group B heads to Bobby's house
12:45 - 1:15 | Group A continues exploring the neighborhood, group B is at Bobby's house to tour the space
1:15 - 2:15 | Group A + group B meet up at a lunch spot in the area (TBD)
2:15 - 3:00 | Light rail and walking from Beacon Hill to Facing Homelessness office
3:00 - 4:00 | FH presentation + Q&A
4:00 | Onward WOK interactions, attendees welcome to stay as long as desired
4:30pm | Suggested departure time

Wednesday May 1, 2019 12:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Seattle - Various

2:00pm PDT

Bullitt Center Tour | PM
LF19 pre-conference workshops, summits, and tours are open to both conference attendees looking to add to their experience as well as non-conference attendees. ILFI Members receive a discount on the cost of registration. Become a member today!

Please note: ALL workshops, summits, and tours require official registration through the main unConference registration page. There is an additional charge to attend (unless you’ve purchased a VIP unConference pass). You can sign up for individual workshops, summits, and tours à la carte (without an unConference pass) OR if you’ve already purchased your unConference pass, you can log back in and add any workshops, summits, or tours to your registration.

COST: $30 per person

STARTING LOCATION: Meet at the Bullitt Center (1501 E Madison Street; Seattle, WA 98122). All attendees must meet outside the Bullitt Center entrance on the west side (by the park) at 1:50pm.

Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to the meeting spot for this tour. We recommend taking public transportation—click here to buy lightrail/bus tickets, view schedules or download the King County Transportation App for your phone. 

TOUR: The Bullitt Center was developed with a single goal in mind: to show people what’s possible today, in order to influence the development and operation of other buildings around the world. In short, the Bullitt Center loves visitors.

As the largest urban office building certified to the standards of the Living Building Challenge, tours of the Bullitt Center offer a chance to see the various operational systems, including mechanical, rainwater, constructed wetland, composting and electrical. During the tour, visitors will explore the building from the basement to the soaring “irresistible stairway,” and see how one floor has been finished into a comfortable open office plan.

Come see for yourself during this “behind the scenes” tour led by project team members.

RETURN: Attendees are responsible for their own transportation after the tour. We recommend taking public transportation—click here to buy lightrail/bus tickets, view schedules or download the King County Transportation App for your phone.

CAN’T ATTEND THE AFTERNOON TOUR? JOIN US FOR THE 10AM TOUR!

CONTINUING EDUCATIONThis course is approved for the following continuing education credits:

Wednesday May 1, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm PDT
Bullitt Center 1501 East Madison Street, Suite 150, Seattle 98122