No April or May Roundtable

There will be no Roundtables in April or May. However, there are a host of compelling seminars to attend in the coming months. See below for more details.

Opportunities in Biophilic Design with WholeTrees® and other Innovations

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Whether meeting the Living Building Challenge (LBC) or working on any building, we have opportunities to incorporate biophilic design in our projects. Learn about the strategies of biophilic design and how to incorporate them into our practice.

King County will be visited by WholeTrees® for a seminar in learning how their company is building prosperous relationships with forests and communities. In addition, we will  be providing an introductory training on Biophilic Design to assist in project manager’s knowledge on LBC and other green rating system projects. The seminar will be held on April 10th, 2018 at 1:00 PM. See below for more information.

About WholeTrees®:

WholeTrees® brings the abundant waste stream of healthy forest management to high-value construction markets. Their goal is to supply and catalyze the growing restorative building movement. WholeTrees® strives to add value to sustainable forestry to preserve and foster the awe and delight of our woodlands.

WholeTrees® Structural Products are pre-engineered wood components made from un-milled timbers, a by-product of sustainable forest management. WholeTrees® utilizes 4″-24″ diameter trees that are 50% stronger than their milled lumber counterparts. As part of our engineered structural systems, these timbers provide a low embodied energy and high CO2 capture alternative to steel, recycled steel and traditional milled lumber. The trees are left unfinished or finished with a coat of Heritage Original Finish. A borate treatment is applied for pest and mildew control. Product packages come with PE stamped shop drawings, designed steel connections, and easy installation guidelines. WholeTrees® also offers installation services nationally. Our products fit in Type II, III, IV, and V construction and are definable as Heavy Timber within the IBC. WholeTrees® was the winner of the Rethinking the Materials Paradigm Pitch Competition at the 2017 Living Product Expo.

WholeTrees® is a Red List free and DECLARE certified product.

Biophilic Design:
In architecture, biophilic design is a sustainable design strategy that incorporates reconnecting people with the natural environment. It may be seen as a necessary complement to green architecture, which decreases the environmental impact of the built world but does not address human reconnection with the natural world. Biophilic design and architecture, is believed to help connect physical with a geometrical configuration connecting human dimension and built and natural environments. Biophilic design is a cornerstone to the Living Building Challenge and will be presented in conjunction with the County’s LBC initiatives.


1:00 – 1:15 Greetings and Introductions

1:15 – 2:15 Biophilic Design – Alexandra Ramsden, Rushing Break

2:30 – 4:00  WholeTrees® – Amelia Baxter, WholeTrees®



King Street Center, 8th Floor Conference Room. 201 South Jackson St. Seattle, WA 98104

 Please RSVP on Eventbrite. 

Don’t Miss Out on Living Future ’18 – Register Now

The International Living Future Institute is hosting its 12th annual unConference, Living Future 2018, May 1-4, 2018 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.

This three-day event will bring together Authenticity and Action as individuals and organizations with unique backgrounds, experiences and personalities gather to create unified action toward a living future. Keynote speakers—conservationist Terry Tempest Williams, activist Raj Patel, and urban revitalization strategy consultant Majora Carter—will deliver their messages on Wednesday night and Thursday and Friday mornings with inspiring messages for attendees.

Celebrate 12 years of innovation and discover the added noteworthy twists that exemplify the unConference. For more information and to register, visit

Register Now for CNU 26 Savannah

Registration is open for the 26th Congress for New Urbanism in Savannah, Georgia. The congress will take place between May 16th and 19th, and will offer opportunities to collaborate and learn about the newest innovations and trends in creating the cities of the future.

For more information about CNU and the congress, please visit their website.  

Click here to register




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