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Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center
(The Fisher Pavilion)

This photograph shows the Pavilion's main entrance.

Photo credit: Steven Keating


  • Location: Seattle, WA
  • Building type(s): Other, Assembly
  • New construction
  • 24,000 ft2 (2,230 m2)
  • Project scope: a single building
  • Urban setting
  • Completed November 2002
  • Rating: U.S. Green Building Council LEED-NC, v.2/v.2.1--Level: Certified (29 points)

The Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center is a multi-purpose exhibition hall nestled into the heart of the 74-acre Seattle Center campus. It replaces the old Flag Pavilion that was constructed on the same site 40 years ago as a temporary building for the Seattle World's Fair.

Environmental Aspects

Fisher Pavilion is one of the first buildings in Seattle to be designed and constructed under the city policy requiring all public facilities over 5,000 square feet to achieve a LEED Silver rating.

Burying the building, and using a high-mass (10" total concrete) roof decrease envelope loads on the building, resulting in a heating savings of over 13,000 Btus per square foot per year.

Lighting-energy use is reduced to 52% of allowable lighting energy per Seattle Energy Code, which additionally reduces cooling load within the building, and total consumption by over 22,000 Btus per square foot per year.

Potable water use is greatly reduced from existing conditions. It is projected that the client will save 479,000 gallons per year in the building, and 65,000 gallons per year in irrigation water.

Owner & Occupancy

  • Owned by Seattle Center, City of Seattle, Local government
  • Occupants: Individual(s)
  • Typically occupied by 2 people, 40 hours per person per week; and 5,365 visitors per week, 1 hour per visitor per week

Fisher Pavilion exhibition hall is owned by the City of Seattle and rented to various groups, agencies, and individuals for all types of cultural, entertainment, and educational activities. There are about 2 full-time-equivalent staff occupants, and 5,400 visitors each week.

Building Programs

Indoor Spaces:

Public assembly (50%), Mechanical systems (30%), Other (20%), Lobby/reception (10%), Electrical systems (5%), Restrooms (5%)

Outdoor Spaces:

Garden—decorative (42%), Patio/hardscape (30%), Drives/roadway (15%), Pedestrian/non-motorized vehicle path (13%)


Integrated team, Training, Green framework, Simulation, Green specifications, Contracting, Commissioning, Performance measurement and verification, Operations and maintenance, Transportation benefits, Open space preservation, Wildlife habitat, Indigenous vegetation, Stormwater management, Efficient fixtures and appliances, Efficient irrigation, Drought-tolerant landscaping, Massing and orientation, Insulation levels, Glazing, HVAC, Efficient lighting, Adaptable design, Durability, Recycled materials, Local materials, C&D waste management, Occupant recycling, Connection to outdoors, Daylighting, Natural ventilation, Ventilation effectiveness, Thermal comfort, Low-emitting materials, Indoor air quality monitoring

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