Wells Fargo Center (Seattle)

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Wells Fargo Center
Wells Fargo Center (Seattle).jpg
May 2012
Former names First Interstate Tower
General information
Type Commercial offices
Location 999 Third Avenue
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Coordinates 47°36′18″N 122°20′03″W / 47.605°N 122.3341°W / 47.605; -122.3341Coordinates: 47°36′18″N 122°20′03″W / 47.605°N 122.3341°W / 47.605; -122.3341
Completed 1983
Owner Ivanhoé Cambridge
Management Jones Lang LaSalle
Height
Roof 174.96 m (574.0 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 47
Floor area 87,753 m2 (944,570 sq ft)
Lifts/elevators 24
Design and construction
Architect McKinley Architects
Main contractor Howard S. Wright Construction
References
[1][2][3] [4]

Wells Fargo Center is a skyscraper in Seattle, in the U.S. state of Washington. Formerly named First Interstate Center when completed 35 years ago in 1983, the 47-story, 574-foot (175 m) tower is now the ninth-tallest building in the city, and has 24 elevators and 941,000 square feet (87,400 m2) of rentable space.[5] The design work was done by The McKinley Architects, and it was owned by Chicago-based Equity Office Properties Trust.

In 2013, the building was purchased by Canada's Ivanhoé Cambridge from Beacon Capital Partners of Boston,[6] the building was renamed after First Interstate Bancorp was taken over by Wells Fargo in 1996.

The exterior façade Wells Fargo Center is composed of a six-sided, steel-framed tower that features a combination of tinted continuous double-glazed glass and polished spring rose granite panels, as is common with buildings in downtown Seattle, the Wells Fargo Center rests on a slope. The eastern entrance facing Third Avenue is slightly more than two stories higher than the Western side facing Second Avenue, on the west side, the building has a public hill-climb on two flights of outdoor escalators that were encased in clear tubes until 2006 when they were updated with a simpler, yet more modern glass roof. The building has three levels of outdoor plazas.

The site was previously occupied by the 12-story Olympic National Life building, which was demolished by implosion on the morning of Sunday, February 28, 1982. It was the first demolition by implosion in downtown Seattle.[7][8] One of the city's first steel skyscrapers, it was built in 1906 and was also known as the American Savings Bank and the Empire Building.[9][10]

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  1. ^ Wells Fargo Center (Seattle) at Emporis
  2. ^ "Wells Fargo Center". SkyscraperPage. 
  3. ^ Wells Fargo Center (Seattle) at Structurae
  4. ^ "Wells Fargo Center". Skyscraper Center. CTBUH. Retrieved 2017-07-01. 
  5. ^ Warren, James R.; Henry Gordon; Karen Milburn (1986). Where Mountains Meet the Sea: An Illustrated History of Puget Sound. Northridge, CA: Windsor Publications. p. 243. ISBN 0-89781-175-5. 
  6. ^ http://business.financialpost.com/2013/06/03/ivanhoe-cambridge-buys-47-story-wells-fargo-center-in-seattle-for-us390m/
  7. ^ Walker, Nick (February 28, 1982). "Seattle building implosion: Olympic National Life Building implosion, Feb. 28, 1982". YouTube. (Seattle, Washington). KIRO-TV. Retrieved February 25, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Imploded: 650 pounds of explosive jelly and six seconds". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. March 1, 1982. p. 22. 
  9. ^ "Going, going, going...gone". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. March 1, 1982. p. 5A. 
  10. ^ Dorpat, Paul (March 2, 2017). "Seattle has had two uppercase Big Snows — the most recent in 1916". Seattle Times. (Pacific Northwest). 
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  12. ^ Simburg Ketter home page