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GGLO | Bertschi

GGLO_Bertschi 8.5x11

Title: Bertschi: Living Science Wing

Project: Bertschi School Living Building Science Classroom

Firm: GGLO

Summary: The Bertschi School Living Building Science Wing is a state-of-the-art learning environment for students of an independent elementary school in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. GGLO provided landscape architectural services as part of the Restorative Design Collective, a group of design professionals formed to raise green building standards by attempting to meet the Living Building Challenge. The project is the first in the state of Washington constructed to meet the Living Building Challenge, the first in the world to target v2.0, and the first urban project constructed to meet the challenge. The Science Wing is a low impact project that generates its own energy, treats its own waste and storm water and provides a healthy learning environment for students.

Focusing on the Living Building Petals of Site, Water, Health and Beauty, our landscape architectural design includes a Green Roof of mosses, Rain Gardens for on-site storm water filtration, Ethno-botanical gardens, a PVC-free irrigation system fed by rain water, and a Living Wall that filters building grey water.