Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CTBUH Seattle Holds Launch Event
March 25, 2014
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SEATTLE – A new committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has been established in Seattle, and held its first public event on March 25th at the Seattle offices of Gensler. The event drew more than 40 guests to a panel discussion on the future of growth in downtown Seattle, explaining the relevance of that trend to local urban designers. The launch of a Seattle committee is a strong indication of the Council’s increasing outreach at the local level. Moderated by Paul Schell, former Mayor of Seattle, the panel comprised a range of experts in the building community, which is seeing an unprecedented increase in the planning and construction of tall buildings in downtown Seattle.
CTBUH Seattle chapter co-chair Dennis Rehill presents.
Panelists included:

•  Dennis Rehill, Gensler, co-chair of CTBUH Seattle chapter
•  Don Davies, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, co-chair of CTBUH Seattle chapter
•  Sharon Coleman, Vulcan Real Estate
•  Greg Smith, Urban Visions, Sustainable Real Estate
•  Tom Hauger, Seattle Department of Planning and Development

Former Mayor Schell set the stage for a lively discussion with questions such as, “Why is CTBUH relevant to the building community in Seattle, and why now?”
The panel answers questions from the audience.
“The Puget Sound Regional Council predicts the population of Seattle will grow by 1.7 million (52%) between the years 2000 and 2040,” said Dennis Rehill, a design director with Gensler.  “With a finite amount of space, Seattle needs to grow by increasing urban-center density in a sustainable way.”

The City of Seattle is in the process of writing a comprehensive plan for the downtown area, underscoring the timeliness of this discussion. One of the main goals of CTBUH’s Seattle committee is to get the dialogue started, focusing attention on major planning issues and pushing the architecture in a more creative direction.

“Seattle is a world-class city. Let’s take care of our own back yard at the same time we’re working everywhere else, because there is some incredible talent here in this community,” said Don Davies, a Senior Vice President and Board Member at Magnusson Klemencic Associates. “This is a key time for the architecture and engineering communities to give their input to the city for ideas to be implemented.”
Attendees discuss after the panel session concludes.
The CTBUH brings specific benefits to the City of Seattle, including a database resource for built projects, research about the tall built environment, and detailed reporting on what’s happening with urban density at home and around the world.

Among the topics discussed at the inaugural event were permitting and planning, real estate development, sustainable urban density, difficulties in the planning process, and the importance of local designers and developers working together to meet projected growth while strengthening the City of Seattle.
Attendees: Jim Duncan Center for Wooden Boats
  Tom Hauger City of Seattle, DPD
  Paul Byron Crane Crane Landscape Architects
  Lynn Porter Daily Journal of Commerce
  Roger Heeringa DCI
  John Tessem DCI
  Paul Schell Former Mayor of Seattle
  Emily Tanner-McLean Friends of the Waterfront
  Erik Heironimus Gensler
  Dion Kuhlka Gensler
  Dena Pereira Gensler
  Errol Ramirez Gensler
  Dennis Rehill Gensler
  Karen Thomas Gensler
  Keir Vondruska Gensler
  Scott Waggoner Gensler
  Kelly Williams Gensler
  Chad Yoshinobu Gensler
  Janet Stephenson Glumac
  Tony Stewart Howard S. Wright
  Jason Haase Haase LMN
  Walt Niehoff LMN
  Walt Niehoff LMN Architects
  Shelley Clark Magnusson Klemencic Associates
  Don Davies Magnusson Klemencic Associates
  Jeremy Hasselbauer Magnusson Klemencic Associates
  Jessica Clawson McCullough Hill Leary, PS
  Anne Cunningham NBBJ
  Ryan Mullenix NBBJ
  John Savo NBBJ
  Scott Wyatt NBBJ
  Andrew Lee Paladino & Co. Inc.
  Marc Stiles Puget Sound Business Journal
  Robin Chell Robin Chell Design
  Scott Surdyke Robin Chell Design
  Scott Redman Sellen
  Valerie Sargent Tiscareno Associates
  Greg Smith Urban Visions
  Sharon Coleman Vulcan Real Estate
  Pamela King Washington Holdings