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Old October 2nd, 2014, 04:44 PM   #281
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A look at Construction Along Lake Union's Southern Shore


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Crane forest! As much as I love skyscrapers I also like an image like that that shows low rise density.
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Old October 14th, 2014, 10:11 PM   #286
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To summarize: Our 430'+ UC list has been six projects for a while (or eight including Bellevue). It might become 11 projects in greater Downtown Seattle by sometime next month.
--Daniels 5th & Columbia office might be starting shoring this week based on equipment onsite. They say it's full speed ahead.
--Schnitzer 5th & Madison office is weeks into demo/removal, which could transition directly to construction or do so with a slight pause.
--Equity Residential 2nd & Pine has started tearing up their site and has shoring equipment onsite.
--Bentall-Kennedy 3rd & Virginia residential has fenced and parked equipment, and appears to be close to getting their revised shoring permit.
--Path 4th & Lenora residential has demo'd and could be a few weeks from a building permit, which aligns with the November starts someone here heard from a guy onsite.

1823, Hedreen's hotel, the condo at 2nd & Virginia, and the residential at 2101 9th are all in the building permit process, which suggests all could start this winter if they chose to. 1823 is far enough along that I wouldn't be surprised by a fall start.

Six other highrises (around 160' or more) are also in the building permit process, and could theoretically start by winter.
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October 16, 2014

Urban Visions hires NBBJ for new tower

By LYNN PORTER
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Urban Visions has selected NBBJ to design a tower at Second Avenue and Marion Street, said Greg Smith, the firm's founder and CEO.

Smith said his firm is starting the permitting process for the building, which will have about 1.1 million square feet of office space and include retail.

The Metropolitan Grill, which is now on the site, will be part of the mix.

Smith said his firm is studying whether to include housing, likely condos, on the top floors.

The firm had filed plans earlier this year to build up to 77 stories, but will come out with a revised plan soon — after it decides on the housing.

No construction date has been set.

Ryan Mullenix with NBBJ is the lead designer. Magnusson Klemencic Associates is the structural engineer.

Urban Visions is also developing an office building in Pioneer Square as the new headquarters for Weyerhaeuser Co. In Seattle, the developer also plans a tower at Second Avenue and Pike Street, and a 1.1 million-square-foot campus called Stadium East near CenturyLink and Safeco fields. NBBJ is the architect for the campus. Mithun is designing the Pioneer Square building at 200 Occidental; and Olson Kundig Architects and Ankrom Moisan Architects are designing the Second and Pike project.

Smith said both the tower at Second and Marion, now named 888 2ND, and Stadium East will be iconic projects.

Stadium East will have seven buildings that range from 120,000 to 420,000 square feet and there will be ground-level retail. He said Urban Visions soon will start design work on that project.

Daniels Real Estate and Schnitzer West are developing office towers near the planned Second and Marion project.

Smith said the other projects won't have water views like 888 2ND will because “there's nothing in front of us.” He said they will be “background buildings.”

The developer said 888 2nd and Stadium East will be designed to encourage workers to be productive and creative, and to make it easier for companies to recruit them.

Older office buildings don't have the systems, bathrooms and elevators to accommodate the increasing number of workers per square foot that companies are putting in offices, nor do they have the high ceilings, natural light and operable windows, Smith said. The office projects Urban Visions plans are being designed for the next generation of users, he said.

South Lake Union has been an epicenter of development for a number of years. Smith said that energy is expanding south in the city, as more housing gets created and more companies set up shop there. The area also has good transit and less traffic than South Lake Union, he said.
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Old October 16th, 2014, 04:58 PM   #288
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October 16, 2014

Chinese company TeamRise plans two condo buildings in Belltown

By NAT LEVY
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The North American affiliate of a Chinese development company called TeamRise is planning two condo buildings in Belltown.

Randy Lim, a development manager at the TeamRise Pasadena, California, office, said the preliminary plan is to develop one 24- or 25-story building and one six- to eight-story building at 2302-2316 Fourth Ave. Both buildings will have ground floor retail.

Earlier this week TeamRise paid just over $20 million for three parcels for the project. Katherine Kramer Laird of Century Pacific was the broker for the transaction.

TeamRise wants to start both buildings in early 2016. Lim said the company will have a preliminary meeting with the city next month to begin the permit process.

This is TeamRise's first purchase in North America. It has focused on high rise condo projects in China. Lim said it is among the top 100 development companies in China.

The appeal of the Belltown site is a combination of location, scarcity of new condos and Seattle's ongoing apartment boom.

“We feel that the condo market could be very strong with the current amount of pent-up demand, and the amount of new apartments right now,” Lim said.

TeamRise is working with James Hancock of Vancouver, B.C., on the design. Lim said Hancock has designed more than 200 condo projects. Hancock is currently a design consultant, and previously was with IBI Group.

TeamRise is also working with Mark Lundberg of Carlton Development Group and Matt Hanna of Cairncross & Hempelmann.

Lim said TeamRise has wanted to buy on the West Coast of the U.S. for several years, and mentioned Los Angeles and San Francisco as other places where the company would like to do projects.

Lim said TeamRise doesn't have any other projects in Seattle, but it is looking for more opportunities.

Lim and Qiutong Wang are running the Pasadena office, and the company chairman is Hua Zhang. In addition to the Pasadena office, TeamRise will open an office in Vancouver, B.C., next week.

Lim said TeamRise may open a satellite office in Seattle.

“It may seem like we are moving fast, but we've been planning this for the last four years,” Lim said.

TeamRise wants to build a high-rise and a mid-rise building at Fourth and Bell. The company wants to start construction in early 2016.
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Old October 24th, 2014, 05:45 PM   #290
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October 24, 2014

2nd & Virginia tower will start as condos, but could be apartments

By LYNN PORTER
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Continental Properties will start construction early next year on a 34-story tower at Second Avenue and Virginia Street in downtown Seattle that will be built as condos.

But the units could be switched to apartments during construction if the rental market remains strong.

Continental President Claudio Guincher said the decision will be made by the end of 2015. If they are condos, marketing will start then. If they are apartments, marketing will start in 2016.

“They're both good options and we're going to wait and read the market — both the condominium market and the rental market — in a year from now instead of making the decision now,” he said.

This unusual move is the result of downtown Seattle's unusually strong apartment market. Building after building is filling up, and rents are rising.

Guincher said that over the last 25 years, developers typically have made more money on condos than apartments. But demand now for renting and selling Seattle apartment buildings is so strong that developers can make almost as much with apartments as with condos — with potentially less risk, he said.

Continental's tower will have 314 units, and is expected to open in early 2017. It was designed by Weber Thompson and will be built by PCL Construction Services.

MulvannyG2 Architecture is doing construction drawings and construction administration.

Also on the team are: Sechrist Design Associates, interior designer; Cary Kopczynski & Co., structural engineer; Pace Engineers, civil; Rushing Co., mechanical, electrical and plumbing; Morrison Hershfield, building envelope; and Thomas Rengstorf & Associates, landscape architect.

It will have a rooftop deck with barbecues, fire-pits and views of Elliott Bay. A gym with sauna and hot tub, as well as a lounge and library will also be on the top floor.

On the sixth floor will be a theater, conference room and outdoor deck with barbecues, a fire-pit and water feature. The ground floor will have 7,000 square feet of retail space, as well as a concierge, seating, fireplace and water feature.

Parking will total 325 stalls, with half above and half below ground.

HSBC Bank is providing construction financing. Guincher declined to name his equity partners in the project and to provide the project cost.

Dupre + Scott Apartment Advisors said the average rent for downtown Seattle/Belltown/South Lake Union is $1,906. That's up 9.5 percent from a year ago. Part of that increase is due to the opening of new properties, which typically rent for more. Excluding the new units, rents rose 7.9 percent.

The vacancy rate is 3.7 percent, excluding new units that are still in initial lease-up. If you count those, the vacancy rate is 8.3 percent, up from 6.7 percent a year ago.

Dupre + Scott said it expects rents will keep rising but at a significantly slower rate, and vacancies will climb between now and the end of 2015 because developers will open another 2,260 market-rate units in that time.

Guincher said a switch to apartments on the Second and Virginia project would just require minor tweaks to appliances and finishings.

Bellevue-based Continental has built a number of condo and apartment projects in and around downtown Seattle. Continental and an affiliate of Deutsche Bank developed The Cosmopolitan, a 34-story, 250-unit condo building downtown. When those units went on the market in 2005, buyers signed 204 purchase-and-sale agreements on the first weekend.

Continental built a number of other condo projects here in that boom from 2005 to 2007, but got out before that market crashed.

The company is now working on two apartment projects in Seattle, and recently sold two others. It's also developing the 117-unit VIK Condominiums in Ballard.

Guincher said downtown Seattle's condo market is “emerging and recovering,” but so far most people are opting to rent. Younger people hired by tech firms such as Amazon want the flexibility and mobility of renting, he said.

However, he said, there's still a segment of people who want condos. Guincher said some developers have shied away from condos because of the potential for construction claims and because it's difficult to get construction financing.

But even given the risk, he said, condos can be profitable.

“I think there's a market (in downtown Seattle),” he said. “I just think it's a much smaller market than in 2005-2006. But there's much less supply.”

The Mark Co., a San Francisco-based marketing and sales firm, recently said there are about 181 never-sold units available in downtown Seattle.

The sale prices for new condos downtown rose 2 percent in September over the previous month, The Mark Co. said. However, sale prices are down 8 percent from this year's peak in May, when new 10th floor, 1,000-square-foot condos went for an average of $775 per square foot.

If Continental decides to stick with condos downtown, it will have some competition — but not much.

Burnaby, B.C.-based Bosa Development is building two 41-story condo towers, with a total of 707 units. The project, called Insignia, is on Sixth Avenue between Battery and Bell streets. The developer said yesterday that almost 200 of the condos have sold.

Another developer recently jumped into the condo market downtown. The North American affiliate of a Chinese company called TeamRise bought a site this month in Belltown near Insignia. TeamRise plans two condo buildings at 2302-2316 Fourth Ave.: one 24 or 25 stories and one six- to eight stories.

Lowe Enterprises Investors is due to break ground this fall on a 169-unit condo tower on First Hill called Luma. And RBF Property Group, based in Guangzhou, China, plans a 42-story tower at 1121 Stewart St. that will have a 78-room hotel topped by 95 condos.

Guincher said Continental's project at the northwest corner of Second and Virginia can be brought to market quicker than other projects in the pipeline downtown because the site it bought in March came with a master-use permit.

He said the site is in a prime location near Pike Place Market, the downtown retail core and entertainment, and within walking distance of Amazon's future headquarters.

Continental Properties’ 34-story tower will have 314 units, and is expected to open in early 2017. It was designed by Weber Thompson and will be built by PCL Construction Services.
Here comes another 440' residential tower!
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Old October 24th, 2014, 09:48 PM   #291
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2015 2nd Ave by LCCIII, on Flickr

Zoomed out view that shows some of the hotel going up across the street from this project that incorporates the old building currently on that site.
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Old October 27th, 2014, 10:32 PM   #292
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3rd and Lenora | 440' | 36 Stories
Martin Selig Real Estate on Tuesday unveiled early plans for a 440-foot-tall residential and office tower in downtown Seattle on a quarter block that the company bought last week.

The Seattle-based company paid nearly $16.9 million for the property at the northwest corner of Third Avenue and Lenora Street. Currently on the site are the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and two small commercial buildings.

Martin Selig, one of the city's most prolific commercial real estate developers, said the approximately 210,000 square feet of office will be at the base of the 36-story building with around 140 high-end apartments above. There will be two entrances, with people accessing the office space via Third Avenue and residents and their guests entering from Lenora. It will have five floors of underground parking.

The project timeline has not been set.

"I closed on the ground last Monday," Selig said, explaining it's early. The development team will start meeting with city officials in the coming weeks to set the schedule for the design review process. Perkins + Will is the architect, and Lease Crutcher Lewis the general contractor for the project that will cost around $150 million to construct.


Selig, who owns 19 office properties in downtown and the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood, said he's moving ahead with this and other projects because his nearly 3.5 million-square-foot portfolio is essentially full. The largest block of vacant space is around 50,000 square feet at the 645 Elliott building on the Seattle waterfront, and Selig said a lease "is pretty well signed." He declined to name the tenants.

In addition, Selig is planning a nearly 185,000-square-foot office project in Lower Queen Anne, and he is proposing some projects in Ballard.

The Third and Lenora development is Selig's second project with a residential use. He's also planning a 12-story luxury apartment building by Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park.

For the Third and Lenora land, Selig paid the Jewish Federation nearly $8.5 million for its building, according to public records. Limited liability companies related to TRF Pacific of Seattle sold the other two parcels to Selig for a total of nearly $8.5 million. The total price per square foot for the land works out to $869. Some commercial developers have paid more than $1,000 a foot for land recently.


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ANOTHER 440' tower...height limits are killing me!
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Didn't want to pollute the Seattle Photos thread with this low-res picture, so it's going here instead. There were more cranes to the left and right of this photo that I couldn't capture.

Deserves to shared. Really gives an idea of the size and scope of current boom.
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Height increased to 850' with 4 additional floors added.

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Big new skyscraper planned for Second and University designed to look like a forest



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Skanska USA Commercial Development on Thursday announced it has reached an agreement with the Samis Foundation to lease all of Samis' downtown Seattle property between First and Second avenues and University and Seneca streets and develop a large office tower.

The plan calls for an office tower with 725,000 square feet of leasable space with shops, restaurants and public spaces. The project, called 2&U, is scheduled to open in 2019, Skanska said.

The project joins a growing list of high-rise proposals in downtown Seattle, including a 77-story project at Second and Marion, a 58-story project at Fourth and Union, and a 42-story development at Third and Cherry. Construction already is starting on two competing high-rise projects at Fifth and Marion.
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