As a company dedicated solely to runners, we know how important the environment and sustainability are to our employees and customers. Whether we’re running on trails, track or city streets, runners can’t help but feel connected to the world around us. This is why protecting great outdoor spaces for the long run is an important priority at Brooks. From our Running Responsibly Program to developing our industry-leading BioMoGo DNA midsole and other sustainability innovations, thinking green is central to the products we design and to the way we work.
When Brooks decided to move our headquarters, we did not search for just any location. We saw this move as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a brand like ours, so we had to get it right. Our goal was to find a building that was ideal for a company chock-full of runners—one that gave us great connection to our customers, inspired us and reaffirmed our dedication to the environment. So when the developer Skanska approached us with the vision for a new deep-green building project at the corner of Stone Way and N. 34th St. in Seattle’s vibrant Fremont/Wallingford area, we knew we’d found Brooks’ new home: Stone34.
This past week we reached a significant milestone on our path to building our new headquarters. On Monday, the Seattle City Council held an important vote and approved an ordinance that makes way for the development of deeply green buildings including Stone34. We are excited about this unanimous vote from the city and look forward to moving to Seattle. Below are a few reasons why we believe Stone34 is the perfect new home for Brooks.
1. Located Near a Trail Head
Our new headquarters will rest just steps from the Burke-Gilman Trail. At 42 miles in length, the “Burke” is one of the longest and most popular recreation trails in the U.S. Each day tens of thousands of runners (and bikers and walkers) use it to train for upcoming races, enjoy an afternoon jaunt or commute to work. Stone34 will be built on one of the most heavily travelled intersections of the Burke—a location with fantastic potential to serve as a gathering place for trail users and the community. This is exactly where Brooks should be.
2. Runners Spend All Day Outside, Environment Matters
Including 120,000 sq. ft. of office and ground-floor retail space, Stone34 will not be just another address on the block. Our new headquarters in Seattle will be a thought-leading example of how businesses can live and thrive in deep-green buildings in the heart of a city. Pre-certified LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council, Stone34 pushes sustainability even further with plans to deliver 75% reductions in water and energy use compared to typical office buildings. It will include a recycled water system, hydronic heating and cooling systems and greater access to natural light, saving 1.6 million gallons of potable water and 1,105 metric tons of carbon emissions annually.
3. Connect in the Heart of Seattle
Brooks loves Seattle. While our current home in Bothell (about 15 miles north of Seattle) has served us well over the past two decades, we’re ready to bring our Run Happy spirit closer to the many great businesses and people who call the Emerald City home. We look forward to building deeper connections to our customers each day. Why? Because they inspire us.
4. Inspire to Run, Inspire to Build Green
Our mission at Brooks is to inspire people to run and be active. Similar to helping others accomplish their running goals, we hope our move to Stone34 inspires other companies to push beyond the boundaries of what deeply green buildings can achieve.