Amazon’s Newest Building Brings Sustainability to Urban Campus
Portland, OR. (August 8, 2016) - Amazon’s first tower in downtown Seattle is purposefully being built in a dense urban area, and green roofing experts Columbia Green Technologies (CGT) is a part of the building’s sustainable design. Columbia Green is a leading company in green roofing that has worked on projects in the Northwest, Canada and along the East Coast. The CGT team transformed Amazon’s Doppler and Meeting Center rooftops to manage stormwater, retaining water that would otherwise flow into the city’s stormwater system.
“Green roofing has grown tremendously in the last few years because building owners are realizing the benefits of utilizing green roofs on empty space instead of having a retention tank,” Columbia Green CEO Vanessa Keitges says. “Especially in an area where it rains a lot, this makes sense. More companies are also changing their building environments to make healthier places for people to live and work – greenery and green roofs are part of this.”
This sustainable lifestyle, combined with fiscal reasons and efficiencies, are why Amazon chose to work with Columbia Green Technologies on this green roof project.
“We have the opportunity to do things right,” says Amazon.com Director of Global Real Estate & Facilities John Schoettler. “Our urban campus is part of the broader cityscape and provides our employees with all of the urban amenities they would want. We also focused to ensure the environment we created is sustainable, a place employees will feel good about working in. These new green roof buildings help us do that.”
The partnership between Columbia Green and Amazon shows an ongoing trend for large companies, as CGT will continue to bring the Green lifestyle to many industries as part of building the resilient model in the Pacific Northwest.
About Columbia Green Technologies
Columbia Green Technologies offers innovative green roof solutions for extensive, semi-intensive and intensive roof gardens. Cities across the world are using vegetative roofs to manage environmental issues related to stormwater, urban heat islands and loss of habitat. Our products were engineered to maximize stormwater retention and create an environment for optimal plant health. We partner with leading manufacturers of waterproofing materials to offer a complete, single-source warrantied solution for every type of roof construction. We are committed to improving our environment and economy; our products are made in the USA and support low-impact development, LEED buildings. www.columbia-green.com.