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July 27, 2020

Bellevue office tower enters design review; may have you seeing double

  • The 16-story tower would have 315,000 square feet of offices and nearly 3,000 square feet of retail/commercial space.
    Real Estate Editor

    Renderings by Compton Design Office and Kendall/Heaton Associates [enlarge]
    The building’s bulk is broken up with an offset shift, creating the illusion of separate towers.

    Dramatic X-shaped steel bracing is planned on the west and east sides of the tower.

    On a Bellevue property it owns, at 200 112th Ave. N.E., Columbia Pacific Advisors is planning an office tower. Local firm Compton Design Office is working with Kendall/Heaton Associates of Houston on the unnamed project. The plan recently entered design review with the city.

    The DJC first reported Columbia Pacific's early plan in January. The numbers have changed a bit since then. The now 16-story tower is projected to have 315,000 square feet of offices, with 2,910 square feet of retail/commercial space facing 112th.

    There would be a 6,775-square-foot public plaza at the corner of Northeast Second Street. There's also a secondary, smaller plaza on the site's northwest corner, indicated as possible outdoor seating for the north retail bay.

    The tower would be about 240 feet tall. It would target LEED silver certification.

    Columbia Pacific says it hopes to break ground in October 2022, with completion in early 2025. Light rail service will reach Bellevue, with two nearby stations, in 2023.

    The nearly 1.6-acre site is bounded to the east by Interstate 405 and 114th Avenue Northeast (a kind of dead-end access road). Columbia Pacific acquired it for $16.75 million in 2007; an existing two-story office building would eventually be removed.

    The building features dramatic X-shaped exterior steel bracing on its west and east sides — which might be termed an exoskeleton. Even so, the building would still have a conventional core, pushed west, but with very few interior columns. Floors would be most open to the east — overlooking the freeway and Cascades.

    The tower's bulk is broken up with an offset shift or ripple in the north and south facades, creating the illusion of separate east and west towers. The architects have dubbed the scheme “Riverdance,” which defeated “puffy jacket” in the early planning. Floor plates would range from about 30,000 to 20,000 square feet.

    Compton's design pushes the tower north on its pedestal, creating a large third-floor terrace atop the southeast corner of the podium. Most of the tower is clad in glass curtainwall, but with some lower elements like the podium using GammaStone. That material and the podium are most apparent on the lower levels facing the freeway.

    The building would have about 550 parking stalls on six underground levels, to be accessed from Second. Bike parking would have 35 stalls. Trucks would load from 114th.

    The team includes Hewitt, landscape architect; Navix, civil engineer; MKA, structural engineer; Alvine Engineering, MEP engineer; GeoEngineers, geotechnical; Persohn/Hahn Associates, elevators; and TENW, traffic engineer. Kendall/Heaton has served as architect of record for other local projects with different design architects. Those include Dexter Yard and 2+U.

    Columbia Pacific estimates that somewhere between 788 and 1,050 people would eventually occupy the building. Its plan is one of five major proposals from landowners along the strip east of 112th; most of those are offices, some with residential and hotel components.


    Brian Miller can be reached by email at brian.miller@djc.com or by phone at (206) 219-6517.

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