Brooks Makes Tracks Into Seattle

In good green jobs news for Seattle, Brooks Sports has announced that it will relocate its global headquarters from the suburb of Bothell to the “living building” development planned by Skanksa USA for 3400 Stone Way in the city’s Fremont neighborhood. According to Mayor Mike McGinn, this means 300 new jobs for Seattle.

This building, currently under development, has been enrolled in the city’s Living Building Pilot Program, which seeks to develop ultra-green buildings in line with the standards set by Seattle’s own Living Building Challenge. Toward that end, the development will consume less energy than a conventionally constructed commercial building and provide much (if not all) of its own power onsite.

Brooks Sports, Seattle

image via Brooks Sports

According to Brooks Sports, the company will occupy roughly 80,000 usable square feet of the 120,000-square-foot building starting in late 2013. A critical factor for the brand, whose motto is “Run Happy,” is the fact that this new green building under developmet by Skanksa is across the street from Seattle’s popular Burke-Gilman Trail around Lake Union, a popular route for runners. The ground floor of the building will house the brand’s first ever retail concept shop.

McGinn said in a statement that this news “shows that Seattle has what it takes to attract significant new investment even in these tough economic times.” He also said Skanska’s response to the Seattle Living Building Pilot Program is evidence of regulatory reform facilitating job creation in a way that’s a win for both business and the city as a whole.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.