Urban Visions' "The Jack" becomes the world's first project pursuing seam certification

The Jack in Seattle, WA is pursuing platinum seam certification in the B+I category as the very first pilot project

When I first met the Urban Visions team I knew they were different. In addition to being creative and smart and innovative, it was apparent they cared deeply about the Seattle communities where their projects were located. They see that real estate developers have an amazing opportunity to impact climate change and other environmental issues. They care about the health of well-being of the people that will inhabit their buildings. But they felt they could do more.


In addition to LEED, WELL and Salmon Safe certifications, they wanted to ensure a positive social impact as well. So when JLL's West Coast Sustainability Director, Alaina Ladner, presented them with the idea of seam certification, they immediately wanted to learn more. In a matter of a few meetings with ISEI, they realized the seam framework was exactly the solution they were looking for.


In the first two visioning meetings, they set goals for their seam certification that address social issues they see in Seattle. Those meetings, plus the project kickoff session, were the most inspiring meetings I have ever been a part of. It's exactly why we created this certification. They are the ideal partner for the world's first seam certification pilot project. They have the desire and know they have the opportunity to do good. So they found a way to make that desire a reality and have committed to achieving a seam certification on their project The Jack.


The Jack will be a 145,500 SF office building located in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. Designed by Seattle based Olson Kundig Architects, The Jack embraces the history of Seattle’s first neighborhood with an elegant brick façade and custom window systems designed to replicate the character of the original neighborhood while providing modern amenities and features. Urban Visions is committed to the social sustainability of the Seattle market and is targeting seam Platinum for The Jack.

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