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Coho Building: Seattle’s New Cleantech Incubator?

Coho Building: Seattle’s New Cleantech Incubator?
August 31, 2010 Scott Case

EnergySavvy’s world headquarters has moved!

After a year and half at our “luxurious” office in South Lake Union, which had such lovely features as no air conditioning, broken venetian blinds and exhaust fumes from the antique car repair shop below us, we’ve moved offices. We’ll miss our old neighbors, including our friends from Estately, Active Building and TeachStreet.

Two weeks ago, we had a classic whirlwind D.I.Y. move day. A rented cargo van + Scott and Leo’s cars made two trips from our old office to our new office. The movers (a.k.a. yours truly) sweated our way through 90 degree heat and our new building’s exciting freight elevator – a 1917 original that is somehow still certified to be safe by the city of Seattle.

After lots of work, we’re now happily settled into our new space in the Coho Building in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood (pictured here from 1937). The Coho Building was built in 1917 by Ira Harding, the founder of Seattle Empire Laundry. Today, we’re ready to proclaim the Coho Building a new center for cleantech in Seattle – on the basis of, well, at least two cleantech companies, EnergySavvy and our new neighbors, Tuusso Energy. Tuusso is a developer of mid-sized solar power plants – to supply utilities with clean, renewable power. We love solar power, especially when it’s implemented in conjunction with cost-effective energy efficiency programs.

We love our new space! From the third floor, we have a great west-facing view of the Seattle skyline and Cal Anderson Park. Original hardwood floors, an energy-efficient ductless air conditioner (SEER 17.5!), solar shades, a kitchen with running water, a conference room, lots of whiteboards, desks that don’t collapse if you lean too hard on them and room for the company to keep growing.

Office warming party details to come!