Groundbreaking of Rice Fergus Miller’s New Office Space

Bremerton, WA—August 18, 2010

Rice Fergus Miller PLLC just broke ground on its own new offi ce building. Actually,

fi rm members cut holes. The re-use of the late 1940s Sears Tire Center in downtown

Bremerton will create a new home for Rice Fergus Miller. The three-level building,

with a mezzanine and open space cut through to the third fl oor, will house the fi rm

and available lease space.

A broad range of community members, clients and friends attended the event.

Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent and former Mayor Cary Bozeman both spoke to the

fi rm’s involvement in the community. Mayor Bozeman commented that “good

things happen to good people.”

The groundbreaking hummed with comments starting with “I remember when….”

A Rice Fergus Miller project coordinator, Hope Zorrozua, said “I remember

shopping here as a kid with my dad, who is a mechanic.” The revitalization of this

old building off ers members of the community an opportunity to refl ect on the

past and visualize a new future.

The project is tracking for LEED Platinum. The re-use of an existing, vacant building

is one of the most sustainable things the fi rm could do. The construction will

include selective re-use of demolished materials from the building and source local


The building will be 60% more effi cient than ASHRAE 90.1 (Washington State

Energy Code). Low energy consumption is a sustainability goal for Rice Fergus

Miller. To that end, plans include a hybrid natural/mechanical ventilation system,

a super-insulated exterior skin, and highly effi cient windows. A 5,000 gallon

rainwater harvesting system will supply 95% of toilet fl ushing needs over the

course of the year and 100% of irrigation. This project is tracking to be the fi rst

LEED Platinum building in Kitsap County and on the Olympia Peninsula.

Local, family-owned Tim Ryan Construction of Poulsbo is the general contractor for

this project.

Rice Fergus Miller is a full service architecture, interior design and planning fi rm.

For more information on the fi rm’s services, or its new offi ce space, visit or call (360) 377-8773.