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August 31, 2009
The $15 million Seattle Center Fifth Avenue North Garage opened in July last year at Fifth Avenue North and Harrison Street.
The project transformed a 12-acre asphalt-covered lot into a 2-acre underground garage with a 1.5-acre green roof, and has been certified LEED gold.
The four-level structure is designed to be energy efficient and uses advanced lighting design for parking structures. Skylights bring natural light into the upper levels of the garage, and glass-housed elevators, used as the main pedestrian entries, draw daylight deep in to the lower levels.
The garage provides parking for Seattle Center and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters, now under construction, and is intended to activate the street with public art and a visitor center for the foundation.
Local artist Bill Weiss designed a 50-foot-wide stained glass art piece on the southwest plaza.
Owner: Seattle Center
Developer: The Seneca Group
Architect: NBBJ, Seattle
General contractor: Sellen Construction, Seattle
Civil engineer: KPFF, Seattle
Structural/mechanical/electrical engineer: ARUP, Seattle
Landscape architect: Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Seattle
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