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April 29, 2015

Here's the latest on Rainier Square

Images courtesy NBBJ [enlarge]

Wright Runstad & Co. released new images for redeveloping Rainier Square ahead of next week's design review.

The latest plan calls for a 59-story building with 780,000 square feet of office space topped by 181 apartments. A new 12-story building on the site would have 155 hotel rooms.

Parking for 879 vehicles would be underground and there would be 71,000 square feet of retail in the new complex.

The project could get design approval at the meeting set for 5:30 p.m. May 5 at City Hall, 600 Fifth Ave.

The preferred design shows a series of “prism panels” in the curtain wall that would become “increasingly dense” at higher levels on the tower. At the top the panels would form “an elegant cuff that terminates the composition against the sky,” according to the design review packet.

The 31-story Rainier Tower will remain on the block.

The University of Washington picked Wright Runstad to redevelop the site, which is part of the university's 11-acre Metropolitan Tract.

Construction should start next year in late spring or early summer, Wright Runstad President Greg Johnson said. The original goal was to start construction by the end of this year, but permitting has pushed back the date.

The project could open in phases, with the lower floors ready by mid 2018. The entire complex could be done by the end of 2018.

NBBJ is the architect, Lease Crutcher Lewis is the general contractor, and Magnusson Klemencic Associates is structural engineer.

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