Out of the Box

Current Biosphere Construction. Photo by Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times

The three, new glass biospheres, which are part of Amazon’s new campus covering three blocks in the South Lake Union area, continue taking shape. Their 36-story adjoining square tower opened for business on November 7th, 2016, with the announcement “Hello World” in the window. This is the 2nd new building site move-in for Amazon in recent months.

Biospheres under construction, April 2016. Photo by Kevin Lisota/GeekWire.

The round, 5-story spheres are located at Lenora Street and 6th Avenue on the north end of downtown Seattle, and are designed to promote out-of-the-box thinking for 800 employees while serving as a nature conservatory. The idea is to promote creative thought in a relaxed, inviting work environment and provide a memorable iconic structure for the downtown core. They will include waterfalls, extension bridges, a river, and thousands of plants (U.S. and international), so employees and guests can connect with nature while at work. Retail spaces will also be opened within the spheres as well. Employees will have a cafeteria available on-site or always have the option of eating their lunch amid the climate-controlled gardens (set at a pleasant, not humid, temperature for humans during the day).

Photo by Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times

According to The Seattle Times, the Amazon company has hired a seasoned, full-time horticulturist, Ron Gagliardo, formerly of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, to manage these spaces. Principal architect at NBBJ, Dale Alberda, initially proposed a round, rather than square structure, which the committee responded well to. So now this out-of-the box structure is becoming a reality, and will fully open in late 2017 or early 2018.

Seattle’s Seafair 4th Of July Celebrations!

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Seafair Summer Fourth!

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Gas Works Park: Noon to 11pm

South Lake Union Park: 3pm to 11pm

Presented by Amazon, DoubleDown Interactive, Microsoft & Washington National Guard

Come join us for the 4th of July celebration in proper American fashion at the Seafair Summer Fourth! Both Gas Works and South Lake Union parks will be FREE to the public to enjoy a day of fun in the name of our nation’s independence. Both events offer a ton of activities, great food, and excellent entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Reserved seating is available for an additional fee. As always, you can count on a phenomenal fireworks finale to set your 4th of July just right.

 

 

Gas Works Park: Noon to 11 p.m. 

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Activities & Exhibits

-All-American games Presented by Smith Brothers Farms
-Festival-style Food Trucks & Concessions
-Large Beverage Garden
-Exhibit Booths
-Kids Zone
-Washington National Guard Display
-SkyDive Kapowsin Landing Zone
-DoubleDown Interactive Live Music & Entertainment Stage – MC’d by Warm 106.9 FM Personalities!
-Open and Reserved Seating Options

Schedule of Events 
12 p.m. – Gates Open, Beverage Garden Opens, DoubleDown Interactive Stage: National Guard Band
1 p.m. – All-American Games at DoubleDown Interactive Stage
2 p.m. – DoubleDown Interactive Stage: The Choir of the Sound
3 p.m. – All-American Games at DoubleDown Interactive Stage
4 p.m. – DoubleDown Interactive Stage: Pico Blvd
5 p.m. – All-American Games at DoubleDown Interactive Stage, Seafair Pirates Arrive
6 p.m. – DoubleDown Interactive Stage: WANZ and Special Guests, Seafair Clowns Arrive
7 p.m. – Skydive Kapowsin Skydiving Performance Over Lake Union
7:45 p.m. – 9 p.m. – DoubleDown Interactive Stage: Nolan Garrett
10 p.m. – Beverage Garden Closes
10:10 p.m. – Seafair Summer Fourth Grand Finale, Skydive Kapowsin Lighted Skydiving Performance Over Lake Union
10:15 p.m. Caspian Coberly performance of National Anthem Washington National Guard Helicopter Flyover with American Flag: CH-47 Chinook Helicopter provided by the 66th Theatre Aviation Command
10:20 p.m. Howitzer Cannons and Fireworks Show
11 p.m. – Gates Close

Concessions
All American BBQ, corn on the cobb and more will be available via our concessions stands.
Additionally, Ezell’s Famous Chicken and Maya’s Mexican Restaurant will have food trucks inside Gas Works Park.
Attendees are welcome to bring their own food and beverages. Coolers are allowed but subject to search. Please remember that personal barbecues and alcoholic beverages are not permitted during the Seafair Summer Fourth.

Beverage Garden
A Beverage Garden is available for those 21 and older (featuring Anchor Brewing, Barefoot Wine, Svedka Vodka and Casa Noble Tequila products). locations.

 

 

 

South Lake Union Park: 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

 

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Activities & Exhibits

-Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria Live Music & Entertainment Stage
-Food Booths & Concessions
-Beverage Garden
-Exhibit Booths
-Part of Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival
-Open and Reserved Seating Options

Schedule of Events
3 p.m. – Event Opens, Beverage Garden Opens
4 p.m. – Tutta Bella Stage: The Everett Chorale
4:45 p.m. – Tutta Bella Stage: Sealth
6 p.m. – Seafair Pirates Arrive
6 p.m. – Tutta Bella Stage: W Lovers
7 p.m. – Skydive Kapowsin Skydiving Performance Over Lake Union
7:45 p.m. – Tutta Bella Stage: TBASA
10 p.m. – Beverage Garden Closes
10:10 p.m. – Seafair Summer Fourth Grand Finale, Skydive Kapowsin Lighted Skydiving Performance Over Lake Union
10:15 p.m. Caspian Coberly performance of National Anthem Washington National Guard Helicopter Flyover with American Flag: CH-47 Chinook Helicopter provided by the 66th Theatre Aviation Command
10:20 p.m. Howitzer Cannons and Fireworks Show
11 p.m. – Event Ends

Concessions
All American BBQ, corn on the cobb and more will be available via our concessions stands.
Attendees are welcome to bring their own food and beverages into the park. Coolers are allowed but subject to search. Please remember that personal barbecues and alcoholic beverages are not permitted during the Seafair Summer Fourth.

Beverage Garden
A beverage garden will be available for those 21 and older (featuring Anchor Brewing, Barefoot Wine, Svedka Vodka and Casa Noble Tequila products).

More High-Rises Impact Bustling South Lake Union

A new apartment complex is coming to South Lake Union, located at 403 Dexter Ave. N.   According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, the quarter acre lot was sold to Wilshire Capital Partners for $4.1 million.  Recently, it has surfaced that Wilshire Capital Partners has submitted plans for a 24-story apartment complex that will house about 250 units, a small retail space and 85 parking spots. This project, though, is just another on their to-do list.

Two additional apartment towers in South Lake Union are set for construction to begin this coming fall. At 427 9th Ave. N. Wilshire is planning a 26th story apartment tower, as well as a seven-story complex at 525 Boren Ave. N.   Via Architecture, will be designing the three Wilshire apartment buildings.

With Amazon’s headquarters sitting pretty in the middle of South Lake Union, it’s caught the attention of real estate developers looking to cash in on the substantial growth of the area.  Wilshire Capital Partners are amongst many bringing apartment complexes into the area. 

Facebook & Amazon Get Snug in South Lake Union

Amazon’s prominent presence in South Lake Union is about to expand to the two Troy Block buildings currently under construction. This week it was confirmed that Amazon intends to lease 817,000 square feet in the two huge buildings, gaining on their previously mentioned goal of having “10 million square feet of office space in the Seattle area by 2019,” according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. That is enough space to house 71,900 employees.

Additionally Facebook will be moving into the 340,000 square foot Dexter Station, creating room for an additional 2,000 employees over the already 500 employees residing in Seattle. This expansion indicates Facebook is ready to commit to Seattle and come a location where it can significantly develop its workforce. So do other Silicon Valley natives like Google, Apple and Twitter. Fortunately, Facebook Seattle office lead, Paul Carduner told the Puget Sound Business Journal that Facebook does not plan to “hire 1,500 people in one fell swoop, but will steadily increase the Seattle headcount over time.” Well, for the sake of the South Lake Union transit system, that comes as a relief.

Between the two companies, they have leased nearly 1.1 million square feet in the Seattle area. The annual rate per square feet is between $32 and $38 a foot, and that doesn’t include property taxes, insurance and maintenance, which can reach an additional $14. That’s nearing $50 a foot, which over the course of a typical 10 year office lease, equals a whopping $550 million in rent.

With these large companies placing their roots in Seattle, it puts it on the map as a trending city and consequently beckons the attention of other notable companies. Google, Alibaba, and Tableau are on the hunt for more space in the Emerald City and willing to pay a pretty penny for it. Colliers reported to the PSBJ, “Rents for Class A space increased from nearly $33.80 a square foot at the start of last year to almost $36.70 a foot at the end of 2014.”  As the vacancy rates continue to drop, pretty soon the only option will be to build more office spaces.

 

 

 

Amazon’s Spherical Building Approved by City

amazonThe city approved Amazon’s plans to build a spherical building consisting of three globes Tuesday. Amazon announced it’s plans to build a bio-dome-like office building back in May. It will be located on 7th Avenue in the Denny Triangle and will be capable of sustaining plant and tree life in the hopes that it will create a “cleaner” environment. It is a new look to the city, one that is more futuristic and something that this city may just need.