Ocean5 & Table 47 awarded LEED Silver Certification

The highly environmentally sustainable Ocean5 center and its Table 47 restaurant have been awarded LEED Silver Certification. It is the world's first eatertainment project and the first with laser tag to earn a LEED certification as well as the first project with bowling to receive a Silver a certification or higher. Among the features designed into the project to receive Silver certification are its heating and cooling system operated by 72 geothermal wells that total 3.6 miles in length and its locally-sourced wood décor which was harvested within 200 miles of the project. Environmental sustainability was a major focus for other design elements as well including:

  • extensive daylight harvesting to minimize the use of electric lighting during the daytime
  • low-energy bowling and laser tag equipment
  • a worm farm to compost all the restroom's paper towels, which are not accepted by the areas compositing program, and the restaurant's (minimal) preproduction vegetable waste
  • carpeting made from harvested recycled fishing nets to reduce ocean plastics

As a result of all its sustainability features, the building is 40% more efficient than a typical building. The energy saved is equivalent to what 36 typical homes use.

The separately branded Table 47 sea- & farm-to-table restaurant focuses on local, sustainable ingredients and the minimization of food waste. In addition to seasonal sourcing from as many local farmers, ranchers and fisherman as possible, the bar follows sustainable practices by sourcing alcohol based on three criteria – local, sustainable and taste. As a result, many of the big-name spirit brands will not be found here, but rather equal or better tasting ones from local and sustainable producers.

The environmentally responsible center was inspired by Troy Alstead's, the owner and former COO of Starbucks, love of the oceans. He describes the business' philosophy this way, “We will use the platform of the business to drive awareness and inspire action to improve the health of the oceans and seas, starting with Puget Sound [where Ocean5 is located]. We will tell stories about how we are responsibly sourcing our ingredients, how we constructed the building to be gentle on the environment, how we use geothermal wells around the building to reduce our energy consumption.”

We are proud to have been the designers and producers of the center and to have assisted Troy in realizing his dream. Both Ocean5 and its Table 47 restaurant have raised the bar by setting a new standard for the environmentally responsible and sustainable development of eatertainment and other community leisure venues.