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A6 WEDNESDAY MARCH 11, 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS BUSINESS Green Rainier Building features environmentally JFriendly design BY JEFF RICHARDS A man standing on the roof of a building is not an everyday sight. A man standing on the roof of a building holding a watering can, tending to plants is even more unusual. But while vegetation growing on the roof of a building may not be common, three local busi- nesses hope to make the look a mainstay in Issaquah architec- ture. Tom Sessions Insurance Agency, Taylor Engineering Con- suitants Inc. and Merrill Design Inc. have joined to invest in a new office building at 485 Rainier Blvd. N that will exhibit some of the newest efforts in environmen- tally friendly architectural design. Bill Taylor, of Taylor Engineer- ing, said designing the building as the owner gave him the oppor- tunity to do what he wanted and make it as environmentally aware as possible. "When you're working for oth- ers, there are other issues that come up, such as finances," he said. "It certainly costs more, but we're willing to pay that pre- mium." The green roof itself has many environmental benefits, including the reduction of heating, the re- duction of storm water runoff and the filtering of pollutants out of the air. It will also give the building a look consistent with the sur- rounding architecture, an impor- tant aspect of the design, said Jim Merrill, of Merrill Design. "We were very conscious about downtown Issaquah and how it ,fu,,, ctions aesthetically," he said. We wanted the building to fit in." The building's roof will have trees, heather and stone walk- ways. Merrill said the business owners hope to eventually hold meetings there. Another environmental benefit of the building's design will be CONTRIBUTED An architect's drawing shows the planned garden growing on the roof of the Rainier Building to be built at 485 Rainier Blvd. the use of permeable asphalt for the parking lot. That type of asphalt allows the movement of water around the building, so it goes back into the earth rather than into storm drains along with the wash-off of vehicular-related pollutants. "We like it, because it takes the rainfall and puts it in a more nat- ural setting," Taylor said. "It puts it in the soil, which soaks it up back into the water table." He said the design concept of the building is to soak up 100 percent of water runoff. Merrill, who handled the bulk of the building's design, said they originally hoped to attain a Lead- ership in Energy and Environ- mental Design gold certification. LEED certification, given out by the U.S. Green Building Co ncn since 1998, judges the environ- mental sustainability of building construction. Ultimately, the certification cost too much for a small business such as Merrilrs and his part- ners, but he said they still plan to build to LEED standards. He said they hope to break ound on the site in June, and om there, they have a seven- month construction schedule. The three businessmen came together due to the lack of prop- erty for sale in Issaquah. Merrill and Tom Sessions were looking to buy the Rainier property at the same time, and a real estate agent suggested they partner. Taylor came on board later, and they were awarded their loan in October on a day when the stock market had fallen more than 800 points and the bank bailout was not yet finalized. Despite the economic uncer- tainty, Merrill said they were un- fazed in their pursuit of a new of_ rice space. "I'm a firm believer in buy low,, sell high,and hold in the middle, he said. 'This building was us holding in the middle." All three businesses have been a part of the Issaquah community since their inception and none considered moving elsewhere, he said. Tom Sessions Insurance has been in Issaquah for 20 years; Taylor Engineering began in Is- saquah in 1993; Merrill Design has been around since 1975, when it was called Merrill Con- struction. This is the first building owner- ship of an office space for all three businesses. "We've all been paying rent our entire business careers," Merrill said. "We decided it was time to start paying rent to ourselves." Reach intern Jeff Richards at 392-6434, ext. 236, or isspress@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquah- press.com. Front Street Salon will relocate during construction BY WARREN KAGARISE Front Street Salon will relocate to another downtown storefront when its existing building is de- molished. Plans call for a three-story structure to be built on the site occupied by the salon. When the new building opens, possibly by the end of the year, Front Street Salon will move into a street- level space. City planners are weighing a proposal that could replace the Front Street Salon building with a 7,642-square-foot addi- tion. In addition to new digs for Front Street Salon, Stan's B-B- Q and other businesses at adja- cent 58 Front St. N. could ex- pand. Owners Danielle Abker and Mark Ashbaugh, who have worked together for 13 years, bought Front Street Salon nine years ago.The building occupied by the salon was originally built on Sunset Way in the 1930s and transported to its Front Street lo- cation four decades later, Abker said. Saying goodbye to the old building will be bittersweet, she said, though she imagines she'll be pleased with the outcome. De- tails of the relocation are still be- ing worked out. "The interim will be stressful," she added. The salon does a brisk business, she said. City planners are seeking input regarding the proposal for 58 Front St. N. City Senior Planner Marion O'Brien said input will be considered until the city issues a decision on the proposal. According to the proposal, the second floor of the new structure would contain office space and a residential unit would occupy the third floor. A new parking lot at 195 First Place N.W has also been proposed. O'Brien received two com- ments in the days leading up to the deadline. Both favored the project, she said. Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at 392- 6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com. NEW BUSINESSES The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce welcomes the following new businesses partners: JEKM Enterpdces Inc. (dba Tucked)alp) Online retailer 1125 12th Ave. N.W., Suite 35 369-9809 Faith In Action Nonprofit supporting seniors 1121 229th Ave. S.E. vvww.faithinaction4seniors.org Remmy's Catedng Catedng service 212 Front St. N. 392-5041 Naturo Medlca Naturopathic healthcare 2830 228th Ave. S.E., Suite C 557-8900 Issaquah Networkers Business networking service P.O. Box 3361, Redmond 417-7334 Cascade Water Alliance Nonprofit 11400 S.E. Eighth St., Bellevue 453-0930 Shanna L Tomko, CPA Accountants, CPAs, bookkeepers, tax preparation 1186 N.E. Park Drive 681-6416 State Rep. Marcia Maxwell 41st District RO. Box 2048, Renton 466-8000 Havens Administrative Services Inc. Administrative services 7199 Terrace Ave. S.E., Othello 509-346-9269 Gilman Medlcel LLC Healthcare staffing 270 Dorado Dr. N.W. 392-8075 Dental office provides $9,600 in free services An Issaquah dental office pro- vided more than $9,600 in free dental work last month for needy area children. Barry Feder and Mark Ger- mack's office participated in its fifth annual National Dental Health Month in conjunction with the Washington State Dental Asso- ciation. Thirty-five needy children, iden- tiffed by the Issaquah School Dis- trict and other community organi- zations, got free exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments, X-rays, fill- ings and extractions. New administrator joins nursing facility Lisa Stuben- rauch has joined Is- saquah Nurs- ing & Rehabili- tation as its administrator. She has 23 years experi- ence in long- term care. She began her ca- [ SbdlellraBdl reer as a nurse after earning her degree at Seattle University. She was director of nursing for Regency Corp. for five years before owning her own business as a temporary director of nursing, administrator and con- sultant. Most recently, Stubenrauch was regional operations manager for Evergreen Healthcare, with over- sight of nursing services for eight nursing homes. Since assuming her position in Issaquah, she has started a family council and begun an extensive remodeling including painting, carpeting, replacing common fur- nishings and upgrading nurses' stations. Activities for residents have been extended to evening hours. Relaxation groups, dining changes and other quality of life opportunities for patients have also been started under her lead- ership. Getting the Issaquah community better acquainted with Issaquah Nursing & Rehabilitation, and vice versa, is one of her toppriorities, she said. Allstate agency opens in Sammamish Allstate Insurance Co. recently opened a new agency in Sam- mamish. Owned and operated by agent Martha Rochester-Gant, the agency offers a complete line of products and services, including auto, property, commercial and life insurance. "My staff and I are excited about opening for business," Rochester-Gant said. "We are looking forward to helping fami- lies insure and protect the things that are important to them -- their family, home, car, business and more." Rochester-Gant recently joined Allstate from Washington Mutual, where she served in a leadership capacity. Also highly active in her community, Rochester-Gant is an annual supporter of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Three Day walk. Museo moving to Front Street The Museo Art Academy is moving from the Klahanie Center to downtown Issaquah at 195 Front St. N., Suite E. Museo offers to students of all ages standards-based classes in drawing, painting and mixed me- dia; a variety of specialized work- shops; and its popular Pizza & Pi- casso Nights. Classes will com- mence March 30. Site Survey & Mapping Inc. introduces green initiative Site Survey & Mapping Inc. of Issaquah is introducing its new "Going Green" initiative. Every site they survey will receive the gift of a plant to the client. The initiative was inspired out of a moral and ethical responsibil- ity to help alleviate environmental conservation issues within the R1Y'YII OnA *l't tt11ft+Q lrtA iYtartqr Your news comments welcome! .,IqSSAQ UAH %00PRESS.00