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Old June 29th, 2012, 05:01 PM   #21
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I really hope this gets built!
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Old July 11th, 2012, 02:16 AM   #22
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http://www.djc.com/news/re/12042775.html





July 10, 2012



A closer look at Amazon's plans for new campus

By JOURNAL STAFF



Amazon wants a “shared use street” on a block of Lenora between Seventh and Westlake. The three high-rises in Rufus 2.0 — the campus Amazon.com plans for the Denny Triangle — will have windows that open and a “shared use street,” according to a new design packet filed with the city.



Today at 6 p.m. a city board will review the latest design for the 3.3-million-square-foot campus on three blocks centered around Seventh and Lenora. The meeting will be at Seattle City Hall.



The packet includes new images of the building facades and Amazon's streetscape plans. The complete packet is at http://tiny.cc/iyy6gw.



The design team led by NBBJ calls the facades for the 38-story towers “a work in progress,” but information in the packet says they expect to use similar materials to create “a family resemblance between the multiple blocks when seen from a distance.”



The packet includes an updated image of the campus' meeting center. The rendering shows the five-story center from Sixth and Lenora.



The meeting center is expected to be part of the first phase, on a block between Sixth and Seventh avenues and Virginia and Lenora streets.



One of the project architects said earlier that construction could start in about a year. He said there will be two to four years between the development of each block, though two years was more likely.



The image and description suggest the block would be similar to a “woonerf,” the Dutch term for a curbless, narrow street shared by cars, pedestrians and bicyclists. Motor vehicle traffic is slowed by trees, planters and other obstacles.



An NBBJ spokesperson referred questions to Amazon, and an Amazon spokesperson declined to comment.



The Rufus 2.0 name is an apparent reference to a dog who was a fixture at Amazon.com during the early days. The Seattle Times reported that the company website says Rufus accompanied his owner to work every day, and that led to today's policy of allowing employees to bring their dogs to work.



Tonight's meeting is another step toward getting the city's OK for the project. The design review packet indicates the project team is not seeking a formal approval at this session, but sees it “as an opportunity to catch everyone up on our progress and build understanding for an informed approval at a later date.”



Amazon.com has declined to say who will build the campus. The Seneca Group is advising Amazon and managing the development. It is listed on city documents as the contractor.










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Old July 11th, 2012, 02:18 AM   #23
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Old July 12th, 2012, 11:19 PM   #24
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From todays DJC

http://www.djc.com/news/re/12042856.html

July 12, 2012

Cycle track and shared-use street may be part of Amazon campus
By MARC STILES
Journal Staff Reporter

Amazon.com's massive project in the Denny Triangle could bring other big changes to the neighborhood if the city's plans pan out.

The area may get a cycle track, which is a bicycle path that's separated from motor vehicle traffic, on Seventh Avenue between Denny Way and Pine Street, and a “shared-use street” could go in on Lenora between Seventh and Westlake. Shared-use streets are curbless roads where pedestrians and bicyclists have priority, and cars are slowed by traffic-calming devices.

These are some of the public benefits Amazon.com is offering in exchange for the city vacating alleys for the three-block project centered around Seventh and Lenora.

The city also is looking at putting a small park at Westlake and Lenora where Enterprise operates a car rental business, though this is not one of the public benefits Amazon is proposing.

Amazon's design team reviewed some of the proposals Tuesday night at a city design review meeting. Architects from NBBJ explained how people could pedal directly from the cycle track into bike parking areas within Amazon's three high-rises.

A packet on file with the city shows small trash cans that are tilted so cyclists can toss garbage on the go, and rails where riders could rest their feet at intersections that would have with traffic lights for cyclists.

“The cycle track is really important to the city,” said landscape architect Mark Brands of Site Workshop.

Bryan Stevens, a spokesman for the city's Department of Planning and Development, said after the meeting the plan calls for most of the path to be located between street parking and the sidewalk. Existing on-street parking would be retained.

Amazon plans to put in part of the cycle track, but the overall phasing has not been determined.

For the shared-use street, Brands said the design team is working with city agencies to explore “how far we can go with this.” NBBJ's Dale Alberda said the street will be integrated into the rest of the project and feel like “a living room.”

Stevens said his agency and the Seattle Department of Transportation are working with Amazon to consider how the street would function. Some on-street parking would remain on the block, where he said traffic volumes are light.

Amazon's plans call for thousands of stalls of underground parking.

The shared-use street would be across Westlake from a new park on the Enterprise site, though that project is a ways off. Parks and Recreation spokeswoman Dewey Potter said the city does not have money to develop the park, and Enterprise has several more years on its lease.

Among the other public benefits Amazon is proposing are improving Westlake Avenue with an upgraded streetcar stop, “gateway” art, more public open space and through-block connections for the company's campus. It also would voluntarily increase building setbacks from the streets.

According to a packet on file with the city, Amazon has engaged “an experienced art adviser” and is developing a program that will include purchased and commissioned works for the public spaces. Large art pieces are proposed for at least two spots to help draw people to the through-block connections.

Planning and Development Department officials anticipate having two more design review board meetings. The Seattle Design Commission also is reviewing the project. The city council will make the final decision on public benefits.

NBBJ officials have said they expect construction of the first block to start in about a year, and that the other two blocks will be developed every two years. Amazon still has to buy the land from Clise Properties.
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Old July 15th, 2012, 01:06 PM   #25
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Why build 3 separate smaller towers instead of 1 huge tower? Even in architecture there seems to be no connection between the towers.
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Old July 15th, 2012, 10:03 PM   #26
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Height limits mainly. This is how they can get 3 million+ square feet in this location so 3 towers it is.
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Old July 16th, 2012, 05:15 AM   #27
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Are these renderings of the towers? I love Seattle, but its architecture sucks. These are terrible.

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Old July 16th, 2012, 05:49 AM   #28
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They should have some sort of tropical rainforest zoo there.
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Old July 17th, 2012, 06:27 PM   #29
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Not everything will be a Columbia Tower, Smith Tower, Seattle Library, Experience Music Project, Space Needle...Some projects leave a little to be desired but that's just reality. Not fair to say Seattles architecture sucks overall but to each his own.
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Old August 15th, 2012, 12:44 AM   #30
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NEW: Street views of Amazon's skyscrapers
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New renderings of the massive new Amazon.com headquarters complex provide the clearest view yet of how the company's proposed skyscrapers will change downtown Seattle.

The latest renderings include photorealistic views of the towers that may be under construction next year.

Altogether the project - the largest ever in downtown Seattle, and the largest metro campus of any tech company - may take four to eight years to complete.

Amazon's architect, NBBJ, provided the new renderings for a city design commission meeting tonight.

Less detailed images first surfaced in March, ahead of the first design review.

As the review progresses, NBBJ releases increasingly detailed images that provide a better sense of how the buildings will look from the outside.

The complex includes three skyscrapers and a cluster of smaller buildings connected by walkways and skybridges. Although the towers are all roughly similar box shapes, they'll use different types of glass and window patterns.

Here are new images from the filing, starting with the tower that's expected to be built first, along Westlake Avenue next to the McDonald's restaurant:












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Old September 20th, 2012, 12:23 AM   #31
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ready for some color??
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Old September 20th, 2012, 12:35 AM   #32
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Tower heights are finalized at 523', 521' and 520'.
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Old September 28th, 2012, 10:01 PM   #33
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City board OKs design of Amazon's 3 towers with 3-2 vote
First key approval for giant high-rise complex in Seattle’s Denny Triangle

By Eric Pryne

A divided Downtown Design Review Board gave its blessing Tuesday to the design of Amazon.com’s proposed three-block, high-rise complex in the Denny Triangle, downtown’s biggest development ever.
While the advisory panel’s 3-2 vote was simply a recommendation to the city’s Department of Planning and Development, it nonetheless is a milestone for the ambitious project.
The board held five meetings over six months to review evolving plans submitted by Amazon’s architect, NBBJ.
The two dissenters said they still weren’t satisfied with the design of the buildings on one of the blocks.
“This whole process has been rushed,” said board member Mathew Albores. Considering its size, the complex hasn’t received as much attention as other downtown projects, he said.
The majority directed city staff to work with Amazon and NBBJ to further refine the design of the one tower to which panel members Albores and Gundula Proksch objected.
Amazon has proposed a total 3.3 million square feet of office space, with a 38-story tower and a smaller building on each of the three blocks.
Plans also call for 66,000 square feet of shop and restaurant space, underground parking for 3,300 cars and 1.7 acres of public open space.
The three blocks are bounded roughly by Sixth Avenue, Blanchard Street and Westlake Avenue.
The Department of Planning and Development will consider the review board’s recommendation as it examines Amazon’s application for a land-use permit for the complex, which the company has dubbed Rufus 2.0 after a former employee’s dog.
A decision could come in late November, department spokesman Bryan Stevens said.
Amazon has indicated it hopes to start construction on the first block next year.
The department also will review the project’s environmental impact and the “public benefits” Amazon proposes in return for permission to build as densely as it proposes.
Among other things, Amazon has offered to fund acquisition of a fourth car for the South Lake Union streetcar, which runs past the proposed complex; subsidize more frequent streetcar service; and build bikeways separated from both pedestrians and cars along Seventh Avenue, which runs through the middle of the site.
Also proposed: a “shared-use street” on Lenora Street between Seventh and Westlake avenues.
It would remain open to cars but would be designed to give pedestrians and bicyclists priority.
Stevens said the planning department can’t act on Amazon’s land-use permit application until the City Council agrees to vacate alleys that bisect each of the three blocks.
A council committee held a hearing on the alleys Tuesday. A decision on them could come in late October or early November, Stevens said.
Amazon also still needs building permits before it can start construction.
The online retailer has estimated 12,000 people will work at Rufus 2.0 when all three blocks are built out.
It also has indicated its purchase of the property from Seattle’s Clise Properties is expected to close by the end of the year.
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Old September 28th, 2012, 10:53 PM   #34
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Seattle deserves better.
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Old September 29th, 2012, 01:37 AM   #35
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I don't get the impression it wants better. Just pinstripe conservative.
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Old September 29th, 2012, 02:23 AM   #36
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I don't get the impression it wants better. Just pinstripe conservative.
Of course Seattle wants better but Amazon doesn't care and they are in a rush to get this thing built. FWIW, these towers turned out fairly nice considering their massive bulk and height and other site constraints. Seattle also needed to approve the towers quickly so as to send the message that major employers are welcome in the CBD. Remember that the alternative is another soulless corporate campus that chews away the landscape in some far-flung exurb.
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Old September 29th, 2012, 10:15 PM   #37
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Nice, but I would prefer to see more difference in height.
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Of course Seattle wants better but Amazon doesn't care and they are in a rush to get this thing built. FWIW, these towers turned out fairly nice considering their massive bulk and height and other site constraints. Seattle also needed to approve the towers quickly so as to send the message that major employers are welcome in the CBD. Remember that the alternative is another soulless corporate campus that chews away the landscape in some far-flung exurb.
Can't be blamed on Amazon. Look at Seattle. Handsome skyscrapers all around. Precious few eye-catchers. It's just a conservative town.
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Old October 6th, 2012, 02:01 PM   #39
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I wonder if this proposal is dead due to Amazon's deal to buy its current HQ.
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Old October 7th, 2012, 12:26 AM   #40
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Not according to them.

Also, the current HQ is only 1.8msf, not including several buildings they rent all or part of.

This is simply a company planning to keep growing.
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