2021 in review: New name, same team

Last year marked our transition from JRS Engineering to 4EA Building Science. More than a fresh coat of paint, our new name brings with it new ideas and new objectives while we maintain the same level of high-quality building enclosure consulting services we have provided for more than 15 years throughout the United States and abroad.

Our goal is to have a positive impact on the built environment and those that live in it. From high sustainability targets to working closely with supportive housing organizations and everything in between, 4EA is all about finding solutions. Last year’s opening of our new California office will help us continue to expand upon these goals as well.

Below are just a few of the highlights from our work last year.

Loom House

Loom House (photo by Kevin Scott)
Photo © Kevin Scott.

This rehabilitation of a single-family home is the first in the world to meet strict Living Building requirements. Nestled on the shore of Bainbridge Island, Loom House‘s design exceeds current energy efficiency standards while maintaining the craft of the existing mid-century modern structures.

Loom House was awarded the AIA National 2021 Housing Award, the AIA Seattle 2021 Award of Honor, and the Jury Winner award at the 2021 Architizer A+ Product Awards.

555 Tower

Rendering © NBBJ.

Taller than any current building in the city of Bellevue, this 600-foot-tall structure is enclosed by a high-performance unitized curtain wall system. The idea of the design was to “elevate both the skyline and streetscape,” a feat accomplished by its highly glazed facade and lush landscaping.

555 Tower was “Deal of the Year” at the NAIOP 2021 Night of the Stars.

Hans Rosling Center for Population Health at the University of Washington

A new structure designed as an architectural “call to action” for creating a healthy population, the UW Center for Population Health encourages collaboration with wide-open spaces and an impressive and inviting glass facade. We worked closely with the project teams on the design and construction for the unique facade and unitized curtain wall.

UW Population Health received the 2021 Award of Merit at the AIA Seattle Honor Awards.

Liberty Bank Building

Paying homage to the first bank west of the Mississippi River dedicated to serving the African American community, Liberty Bank Building is a beautiful, affordable multi-family building developed by Community Roots Housing. It provides 115 housing units to families earning between 30% – 60% percent of the area’s median income. 4EA worked closely with the design teams and the housing developer to ensure a durable enclosure and comfortable space for low-income families.

Liberty Bank Building won the Award of Merit at the PCBC 2021 Gold Nugget Awards.

Building upon our original foundations

Looking to the future as 4EA Building Science, we haven’t forgotten our roots. We’re still in the business of delivering high-caliber enclosure, testing, and assessment services. We are incredibly thankful for our long-term partners and are excited to make new ones as we move forward with our new business identity and continued growth.

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