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April 22, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Happy Earth Day. Bullitt Center opens Monday

Happy Earth Day!

The Bullitt Center officially opens in Seattle’s Capitol Hill on Monday. The building, which sets a high standard for sustainable design, will house the nonprofit Bullitt Foundation. The organization’s executive director, Denis Hayes, is the founder of Earth Day.

The center will host tours starting at noon. For Monday’s grand opening, the center will also provide free bike repair and bike valets. (There is no parking for cars at the new building.) For more information about Monday’s festivities, check the foundation’s website.

Check out this Instagram slideshow our multimedia editorial writer Thanh Tan made of the Bullitt Center:

In March, we ran an editorial notebook about the building back. Here is an excerpt:

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March 15, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Instagram photos: Seattle’s Bullitt Center takes green building movement to new level

The Bullitt Center, set to become the world’s greenest commercial building, is getting ready to open in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

ICYMI: here’s a March 3 Seattle Times news story and interactive on the Bullitt Foundation’s new digs.

This weekend, the editorial board is publishing a ‘notebook’ based on my visit to the site last week. What more can I add? It’s a visually stunning, self-sufficient building that I’d like to see become a symbol of Seattle’s ability to embrace and redefine what it means to be environmentally conscious.

I enjoyed snapping some photos during the tour. Here’s one that I took from the lobby. As I peered up, all I could see was a beautiful staircase made of sustainable wood from nearby forests.

Instagram photo by Thanh Tan/The Seattle Times

Instagram photo by Thanh Tan/The Seattle Times

Scroll down to see 16 more photos from my Instagram feed that showcase the Bullitt Center’s cutting-edge green design features.

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