Tacoma Urbanist

Mar. 11, 2008 at 12:05am

Blackwater Cafe Gets *Masa* Type *Green* Windows

To my horror this morning, I drove up to Blackwater Cafe and saw this:

My first thought was that someone broken both of the windows. 

That would have been disturbing as many of the good ideas in photography, politics, art, technology, media, civic and urban issues in downtown Tacoma have either been conceived or grown here in the last two years. 

Blackwater even served as the temporary headquarters of Exit 133 for a time and Local Life Tacoma and all of its branches.  One of the prime open source social and technological networking hubs in the city.

Fortunately, Blackwater was simply undergoing a deliberate minor remodel change to install Masa type windows to cool off in the summer and for better air circulation generally. 

This seems to be the increasingly the trend for restaurants and a good one.  Blackwater is going to be quite the scene this summer and be able to do it without air conditioning making them a more of a "green" building than chain coffee places.  (They may also want to consider using reflective sealant for the roof)

Blackwater was still open and pretty well full.  The construction should be finished up now.  They were 80 percent done by noon on Monday 3/10/08.

Despite the temporary construction, the coffee was spot on as usual and was worth a picture.

For more information and pictures, see:

Tacoma Coffee Houses


Blackwater Cafe
747 Fawcett
Tacoma, WA
http://www.blackwatertacoma.com/

(Sharon Winters from Historic Tacoma has a good article in the Tribune about how reusing existing buildings is often more "green" than a fancy "green" designed new ones)



comments [10]  |  posted under blackwater, tacoma, washington

Comments

by tacomachickadee on 3/11/2008 @ 6:51am
Sigh. I have to admit: I kinda like your coffee pictures. Esp. when they're from awesome places like black water! :)

by KevinFreitas on 3/11/2008 @ 7:07am
Glad to hear of the new windows. You know if they're double paned to help insulate in the cold months? Always seemed like such a shame that my tea would get cold so quickly sitting up there this time of year.

by intacoma on 3/11/2008 @ 9:38am
the windows breath better I drove by and didn't see any sweating/fogged up windows

by Erik on 3/11/2008 @ 10:53am
Update:

Windows are in:





www.flickr.com/photos/tacoma-urbanist/23...

by KevinFreitas on 3/11/2008 @ 10:54am
Oooo! Very nice. Love the look of that place. The deep red with black trim is great. Kudos for the new install Black Water!

by Erik on 3/11/2008 @ 11:08am
I kinda like your coffee pictures. Esp. when they're from awesome places like black water! :)

Thanks. Coffee has been the most popular topic on the Urbanist.

You know if they're double paned to help insulate in the cold months?

No. But I assume they have much more insulation than the prior ones.

the windows breath better I drove by and didn't see any sweating/fogged up windows

The newer ones are insulated better. Therefore, there is a smaller temperature differential between the air and the windows which causes them to have less condensation.

My one worry about them was that a seam in a window would be placed where people normally look out. However, it ended up lining up pretty well.

by NineInchNachos on 3/11/2008 @ 11:26am
blackwater has the best signage, now they have the best windows. Although satellite has a great mural and a cool door.

by andrew.austin on 3/11/2008 @ 4:15pm
very nice!

by Erik on 8/28/2008 @ 12:19am
I see Blackwater has a new web site that was produced in Suite 133:

www.blackwatertacoma.com/

Looks pretty good especially when it seems alot of businesses are trying to rely solely on myspace these days.

by Erik on 2/27/2009 @ 1:06pm
Blackwater Cafe is moving. They will close on February 28th and will reopen on 743 St. Helens in downtown Tacoma on March 6th.