Rainier Square Tower

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Rainier Square Tower
Rendering of Rainier Square Tower
Rendering of Rainier Square Tower
General information
Status Under construction
Type Mixed-use
Address 1301 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Coordinates 47°36′33.12″N 122°20′05.89″W / 47.6092000°N 122.3349694°W / 47.6092000; -122.3349694 (Rainier Square Tower)
Construction started October 2017
Estimated completion 2020
Cost $600 million (estimated)
Height 850 feet (260 m)
Technical details
Floor count 58
Design and construction
Architecture firm NBBJ
Developer Wright Runstad
Website
rainiersquare.com/project
References
[1] [2]

Rainier Square Tower is a mixed-use skyscraper in the Metropolitan Tract of Downtown Seattle, Washington that is currently under construction.[3] The 850-foot (260 m) tall, 58-story tower will be located at Union Street between 4th and 5th Avenues adjacent to the existing Rainier Tower, and will be the second-tallest building in Seattle upon completion.[1] The $600 million project is scheduled to be completed by 2020.[3][4]

History[edit]

The University of Washington, which owns the Metropolitan Tract, announced their intent to redevelop the Rainier Square shopping center in late 2013,[5] the shopping mall opened in 1978 and occupies three-fourths of the block around the existing Rainier Tower.[5][6] The regents had previously proposed demolishing the mall for a 26-story hotel in 2000, but the proposal was shelved;[7] in May 2014, the university's Board of Regents selected Wright Runstad to develop the property.[8] In November 2015, Wright Runstad raised the tower's proposed height from 800 to 850 feet, with an additional eight stories of luxury apartments,[9] on December 3, 2015, the city approved the master use plan, paving the way for construction to begin.[2]

The Rainier Square shopping center was closed in August 2017 and site demolition began the following month.[citation needed] Amazon.com was announced as the sole lessee of the office portion in October 2017, occupying 722,000 square feet (67,100 m2).[3][10] The retail portion will be occupied by an Equinox Fitness club and a PCC Community Markets store.[11][12]

Design[edit]

The tower, designed by NBBJ, will feature nearly 200 luxury apartment units, 750,000 square feet of office space, and 30,000 square feet of retail space, as well as a 12-story hotel with approximately 150 rooms in a separate building.[2][13] Six levels of below-grade parking will accommodate up to 1,000 vehicles,[14] the tower will have a unique, "sloping" appearance, starting with a wide base and gradually becoming slimmer at higher floors. Early designs had the taper beginning at a higher floor, but it was lowered so as not to obscure views of Rainier Tower's well-known "pedestal" base.[1][13]

The tower will use a "radical" shear wall core system that will accelerate construction, using steel plates in lieu of traditional rebar and formwork between concrete elements.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Latest scoop on proposal for Rainier Square tower". The Seattle Times. June 27, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c DeMay, Daniel (December 4, 2015). "Dramatic Rainier Square project gets go-ahead from city". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved April 13, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Miller, Brian (October 4, 2017). "With Amazon signed, work begins on Rainier Square redevelopment". Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved October 10, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Rainier Square Project Schedule". Wright Runstad & Company. Retrieved April 13, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Bhatt, Sanjay (October 3, 2013). "UW has big plans for its prime downtown Seattle real estate". The Seattle Times. Retrieved October 3, 2017. 
  6. ^ "In fashion—smooth leather". The Seattle Times. November 9, 1978. p. F2. 
  7. ^ Dudley, Brier (January 13, 2000). "Rainier Square might be razed". The Seattle Times. p. B1. Retrieved March 10, 2018. 
  8. ^ Bhatt, Sanjay (May 8, 2014). "UW plans 50-story tower on downtown block". The Seattle Times. Retrieved November 14, 2017. 
  9. ^ Bhatt, Sanjay (November 5, 2014). "Rainier Square redo will put apartments high in the sky". The Seattle Times. Retrieved November 14, 2017. 
  10. ^ Rosenberg, Mike (October 3, 2017). "Amazon still growing in Seattle, taking over what will be the city's 2nd-tallest skyscraper". The Seattle Times. Retrieved October 3, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Wright Runstad & Company and J.P. Morgan Announce Partnership, Ground Lease, Leasing and the Beginning of Construction of Seattle's 1.17 Million Square Foot Rainier Square" (PDF) (Press release). Wright Runstad & Company. October 3, 2017. Retrieved October 3, 2017. 
  12. ^ Romano, Benjamin (March 9, 2018). "PCC will put grocery in heart of Seattle's downtown". The Seattle Times. Retrieved March 9, 2018. 
  13. ^ a b Stiles, Mark (December 3, 2015). "Now with a more dramatic design, Seattle skyscraper project clears major hurdle". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Development Portfolio: Rainier Square". Wright Runstad & Company. Retrieved April 21, 2017. 
  15. ^ Post, Nadine M. (September 27, 2017). "Steel Core System Could Transform Office Tower Construction". Engineering News-Record. Retrieved October 3, 2017.