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Old June 6th, 2014, 06:18 PM   #101
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If I remember the location correctly this site is actually at a lower elevation than the Columbia Center and some of the taller buildings in the city. Even if it is the tallest in the city will its height be enough to actually look the part? IMO, that part of the D/T sits on a much steeper slope. At least it seemed that way when I had to run to catch the last ferry to Bainbridge Island.
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Old June 6th, 2014, 07:45 PM   #102
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It would be a shame to wreck this building.
To me, it's too low-profile for a big city like Seattle to be considered historic. It's not like they're proposing to demolish a pre-1889 fire building or some mansion.
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Old June 7th, 2014, 06:50 AM   #103
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The Marion Building looks frumpy and plain imo. I don't think it's anything worth crowing about. Even the entrance is just meh. I'd get rid of it for a 100m tower, much less a supertall with such superb preliminary designs
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Old August 13th, 2014, 03:35 AM   #104
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Any updates on this?
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Old August 13th, 2014, 04:07 PM   #105
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There'd be a post in this thread if there was.
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Old October 16th, 2014, 04:45 PM   #106
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From todays DJC.

http://www.djc.com/news/ae/12070907.html

October 16, 2014

Urban Visions hires NBBJ for new tower

By LYNN PORTER
Journal Staff Reporter

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.
So much for that beauty we saw from Gensler...

One last look at it.

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Old October 17th, 2014, 01:25 AM   #107
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I really hope NBBJ does something exciting for this one. I know they're capable of interesting or even whimsical designs, such as The Sail @ Marina Bay, but almost everything they do in Seattle is a box, or a conglomeration of boxes. Seattle deserves a better supertall than a box.
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Old October 17th, 2014, 02:07 AM   #108
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As bummed as I am to see the Gensler model go, NBBJ is a very smart, talented firm. I spend a lot of time at Pauley Pavillion at UCLA, where they recently did a massive renovation, and it's full of clever, contextual touches. Whatever the exterior of this tower looks like, at the human level, it's going to be designed with a ton of care.
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Old October 17th, 2014, 04:46 AM   #109
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Old October 17th, 2014, 05:36 AM   #110
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NBBJ is a staple in Seattle, im sure they will come up with something great.
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Old October 17th, 2014, 07:25 AM   #111
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that shard looks awesome
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Old October 31st, 2014, 08:17 PM   #112
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First plans looks good. I hope will be good, and will by most beautiful the skyscraper compared to how good is Metropolitan Grill...
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Old November 2nd, 2014, 11:20 PM   #113
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Excuse me if this has been posted before, I looked. This awesome ground view with three drawings is still on the former site. Maybe NBBJ will like it too.

http://www.gensler.com/projects/888-...attle&l=search
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Old November 2nd, 2014, 11:27 PM   #114
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those 1200 footer renderings
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Old November 2nd, 2014, 11:44 PM   #115
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Here's hoping NBBJ really surprises us...
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Old November 3rd, 2014, 05:35 AM   #116
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That Gensler proposal is magnificent... Why'd they choose NBBJ?





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Old November 3rd, 2014, 06:55 AM   #117
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Yeah I was hoping that plan would come to fruition but it's a healthy sign that Urban Visions has selected an architect more familiar with the Seattle environment. Sounds like something shorter may be on the way but rising steel beats a pretty but unbuilt design any day.
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Old November 3rd, 2014, 12:14 PM   #118
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That Gensler proposal. WOW. A shame the good designs always die.
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Jeez, I hadn't seen those renders, just the little model. That is a shame. Maybe Gensler will find a way to repurpose the design elsewhere. It does look like it comes from the same lineage as the Wilshire Grand...
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please NBBJ, anything but an uninspired box! You're building plenty of those for cheap Amazon; downtown deserves better
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