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February 25, 2016
Specialty: Development and redevelopment of innovative environments that fuel tenant success
Management: Pam Hirsch, managing partner, investment and development
Projects: Centre 425, Bellevue; Madison Centre, downtown Seattle; Urban Union, South Lake Union
Pam Hirsch, managing partner at Schnitzer West, answered questions about Schnitzer West’s projects and if the firm has any expansion plans.
Q: Are you still fairly bullish on the near future?
A: Schnitzer West has three significant projects under development in the Puget Sound region and remains confident in the Puget Sound economy over 2016 and 2017. The regional economy continues to outpace the rest of the U.S. due to its strong mix of world class, innovative companies, exceptional workforce and desirable quality of life. These factors will continue to drive strong employment and the need for office space. Schnitzer West is well positioned to provide best-in-class workspace for these types of companies.
Q: What is innovative about your projects?
A: Schnitzer West has always used in-depth research and market feedback to advance its mission to create innovative environments that inspire tenants and support their success. This investment in research enables our team to understand the changing needs of the modern workforce and address those needs by providing solutions which in turn provide benefit to the tenant through recruiting and retaining employees, increased brand awareness and occupancy efficiencies.
Q: Are you looking to expand geographically?
A: Schnitzer West continuously looks for opportunities to enter markets with strong economic fundamentals and growth drivers. This has resulted in our entrance into the Denver market where we have recently begun a new office development. We will continue to look for similar opportunities throughout the western region of the U.S.
Q: Which recent project best symbolizes Schnitzer West?
A: Our research indicated that today’s workforce wants to take advantage of all outdoor space and in an urban environment, that leaves really only the rooftop. Therefore we have designed all three of our current office developments to include a rooftop feature. Madison Centre (Seattle CBD) will have a rooftop deck, and Centre 425 (Bellevue) and Urban Union (Lake Union) each have a rooftop deck and conference center. This amenity is available for all of the office tenants in the building to use in common a one-of-a-kind amongst the competitive set.
Q: What new systems or materials are you planning to use?
A: Schnitzer West has consistently incorporated innovative new systems into its building design to provide efficient and sustainable value to tenants. As building systems and technology advance we have and will continue to incorporate items into our design that improve the tenant experience and also provide sustainable benefits.
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