Center for Integrated Design

!! NOTICE – MARCH 15, 2020 !!

Due to the current public health concerns around COVID-19, and in response to guidance from public health authorities to implement social distancing to mitigate the spread of the virus, tours of the Bullitt Center have been put on hold until further notice. Thank you for your patience.


To advance both public and professional awareness and support for construction of more high performance buildings, the Center for Integrated Design conducts tours of the Bullitt Center, a certified “living building” that has met the toughest set of environmental building standards in the world. Tours focus on the building’s unique integrated design and resource conservation systems, providing participants a view into the future of urban sustainability.

All tours of the Bullitt Center begin in the lobby on the 2nd floor, and will include the building’s mechanical and electrical rooms, the grey water and rain water treatment systems, composting toilets and the “irresistible” stairway. Please use the entrance located at 1501 E. Madison Ave. To access the building, you will need to use the call box to dial the UW Integrated Design Lab (IDL).

Tours are accessible for people with mobility challenges. Strollers are NOT permitted on tours and can be parked in the lobby. If a member in your party needs mobility accommodation please contact Deborah Sigler, prior to your tour.

We offer the following tours:


Geared towards those looking for a more in-depth understanding of the Bullitt Center’s technical features, the CID offers private group tours of the building M-F during office hours. These tours are led by a UW CID staff member. Please contact Deborah Sigler, Program Coordinator, for schedule and fee information.

School Groups

In accordance with the University of Washington’s commitment to education, the CID offers school groups of ALL ages a unique experiential, environmental learning opportunity. Students use the Bullitt Center as a living laboratory to learn about resource conservation strategies aimed at building “super” buildings – buildings that consume less energy, produce less CO2 and make communities healthier. Thousands of students from across the Puget Sound and the United States have made touring the Bullitt Center part of their curriculum, inspiring students to be 21st century innovators and next generation environmental leaders.


Public tours of the Bullitt Center are offered most Tuesdays at 4:00 PM and Saturdays at noon. Tours typically take about an hour and are limited to 22 guests. Led by trained volunteer docents and UW CID graduate students, these tours can be scheduled online through Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets are $5.  On the Brown Paper Tickets website search for Bullitt Center Tours in the “Find an Event” box and follow the online instructions.


Available to qualified school groups M-F during regular office hours, the UW CID will arrange to come to your classroom and provide a virtual tour of the Bullitt Center called, “Living Proof,” which provides an in-depth overview of the building’s unique integrated design and resource conservation systems. Students will learn how a 50,000 sq. ft. commercial office building in the heart of downtown Seattle operates like a living organism – harnessing all the energy it needs from the sun, using only the water that falls on its roof, producing no waste, and using locally sourced, toxin-free materials.