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Old September 13th, 2019, 11:45 AM   #401
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Next to the Seattle Public Library on 4th it is my favorite low/mid rise building in the city.
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Old September 13th, 2019, 05:10 PM   #402
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^ Not sure what you're referring to here and how it relates to Google Campus.
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Old September 13th, 2019, 08:56 PM   #403
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A tunnel under Mercer would require some sort of permit and tons of environmental review, which I feel pretty certain someone on this forum would have stumbled upon. It seems more likely it's some sort of big utility duct bank that would have required lots of disturbance to Mercer. Maybe Google is building a data center into the new building that will occupy the old Guitar Center?
Well... those buildings are all Google Cloud Services. That would be a pretty data heavy venture.
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Old September 14th, 2019, 08:23 AM   #404
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It's extremely unlikely they'd put a data center inside an office building. Data centers for these companies are huge, and I doubt they'd waste such valuable land on it. They put them in places where land and power are cheap. The publicly available US regions for Google Cloud are labelled Iowa, Oregon, Northern Virginia, South Carolina, and Los Angeles (that last one is kinda surprising).
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Old September 15th, 2019, 07:05 AM   #405
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Seattle has many data centers, just not huge ones.
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Old September 15th, 2019, 05:15 PM   #406
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Maybe Google is building a data center into the new building that will occupy the old Guitar Center?
I happen to work in GCP and I can pretty much confirm that Google is not building any datacenter in Seattle
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Old October 4th, 2019, 02:32 PM   #407
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SLU Google campus opens

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Old October 4th, 2019, 05:16 PM   #408
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I already knew the offices where I work are 'blah' but now I know they are super 'blah'.
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Old October 4th, 2019, 07:48 PM   #409
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From todays DJC.

https://www.djc.com/news/re/12125940.html

October 4, 2019

Google opens first block, with 2 buildings, in SLU

The companyís new offices have private alcoves and mixing spaces, along with mini kitchens and break areas for recharging or conferencing. More offices open on a neighboring block later this month.

By BRIAN MILLER
Real Estate Editor

What Vulcan Real Estate has called the Lakefront Blocks may soon become known, in the public mind, as the Google South Lake Union campus. Or maybe just the Google Blocks.

In August, the first employees began settling into their desks at 620 Boren Ave. N. Google says it now has about 4,500 employees in our state, and calls its Kirkland-Seattle base its second largest engineering hub outside the Bay Area.

Google wonít say how many employees will occupy the office space in what it terms four buildings on two blocks in SLU.

A third Vulcan block to the west remains unclaimed, and a Vulcan executive didnít share any plans for it. (Apartments and offices have previously been mentioned.) Itís now being used for GLY Constructionís staging for Googleís fifth building in SLU, aka the Guitar Center site, at 520 Westlake Ave. N. (GLY also built the first two Lakefront Blocks.)



Google employees first moved in to their building at 620 Boren Ave. N. in August.





The cafe has stunning views of Lake Union, plus some outdoor seating.
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Old October 4th, 2019, 09:09 PM   #410
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Can confirm, fence is down and sidewalk is open for the Mercer/Fairview building.
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Old October 4th, 2019, 09:59 PM   #411
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That undeveloped block must have a lot of value.
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Old October 6th, 2019, 07:59 AM   #412
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Oh thank God the fence is down. It feels like a year that my commute walking along fairview past this project has been complicated by the sidewalk closures. I've been looking at the sidewalk longingly for the last week as it looked complete with no more work happening, yet still fenced. I've had several near-death experiences on the northwest corner of Mercer and Fairview with the 2 feet they gave peds next to big rigs going 50mph and the chainlink fence feet away from where people actually died. Never been so impacted personally by a construction project as I have with this one. Glad it's done.
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Old October 6th, 2019, 06:06 PM   #413
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Yet, in my eyes, a project isn't "closed out" until we get that final album of detailed shots throughout from Vashon. Had one in mid-August for the other building. I'm so demanding.
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Old October 17th, 2019, 10:43 PM   #414
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https://mynorthwest.com/1557555/seat...announcement/?

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Since the accident, L&I has been investigating five companies.

Receiving citations were GLY Construction, Northwest Tower Crane, and Morrow Equipment.

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Two of the other companies responsible for disassembling the crane — Seaburg Construction and Omega Morgan — were not found liable for the collapse.
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Old October 18th, 2019, 12:52 AM   #415
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Four people killed, two of whom were passersbys. Total fines of less than $110K.
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Old October 18th, 2019, 12:57 AM   #416
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If there is a culture of faster and cheaper at all costs I feel there needs to be criminal complaint filed against the principles. We are all at the whim of people following the rules here.
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Old October 18th, 2019, 01:34 AM   #417
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Four people killed, two of whom were passersbys. Total fines of less than $110K.
The fines are ridiculously low. However, the findings of fault by L&I will be used by the families of those who died in their civil suits against these companies. While there is no way to make those in mourning whole again, ultimately these companies will pay much more than those fines.
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Old October 18th, 2019, 02:09 AM   #418
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If corporations are people I think manslaughter charges need to be filed.
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Old October 18th, 2019, 05:20 AM   #419
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I find it crazy but entirely possible to think that the Morrow technician present for the dismantlement was directing the NWTC crew to pull the pins so early. I have no idea how GLY had the crane contracts arranged but I think it's common for the the general contractor in this area to have one contract with Morrow (basically a rental contract with maintenance) and a separate contract with NWTC for install/dismantle. I can see where Morrow's tech should've said "no, you can't take the pins out until the previous section is lowered" but surprising if the tech said "ok, go ahead and take all the pins out now as you usually do". (by "all the pins" I'm meaning - every other set of pins since the pieces toppled in two piece sections (2x20'))
If only the sudden gust of wind hadn't blew in across the lake. Probably would've been fine.
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Old October 18th, 2019, 08:04 AM   #420
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I disagree that it would have been fine. There is only one protocol for dismantling a crane. One. They didn’t follow it and people’s lives have been lost, and other lives have obviously been put at risk.

https://www.bisnow.com/seattle/news/...expected-98898

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Liebherr crane masts, like the one involved in the accident, have 18-inch-long connection pieces that are secured by two torqued metal pins on each corner, or eight per segment, according to a report by Engineering News Record. Manufacturers state that pins should not be de-torqued and removed until a supporting crane is ready to pick up each section. However, crane disassemblers have become lax about this process, ENR reports. Shortcuts speed up the process and reduce the number of workers needed for the process.
This is why I feel manslaughter charges should be filed. A willful disregard for known procedures caused others deaths.

Manslaughter definition: the crime of killing a human being without malice aforethought, or otherwise in circumstances not amounting to murder.
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