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September 28, 2020

Skanska gains city approval for The Eight office tower in Bellevue

Real Estate Editor

Renderings by Skanska USA [enlarge]
The Eight will join a bevy of new office buildings being developed to attract Amazon and other tech tenants to downtown Bellevue.

Skanska has received city design review approval for its planned 25-story office tower, dubbed The Eight, at 10660 N.E. Eighth St. in downtown Bellevue. At the same time, a SEPA determination of non-significance has been issued, which clears the path to final permits for the speculative project. The public comment/appeals period ends Oct. 8.

Skanska will build the 540,00-square-foot tower, which will replace an old strip mall on the southeast corner of the Washington Square block, at 108th Avenue Northeast. Pickard Chilton is the architect for The Eight, which is targeting LEED Gold certification.

CBRE's Tim Owens, Lennon Atteberry and Scotta Ashcraft lead the leasing effort. Floor plates will average around 23,000 square feet. No start date has been announced, but Skanska will join rival developers including Vulcan Real Estate, Schnitzer West, Trammell Crow, Onni Group and Fana Group in the race to create more office space for Amazon.

Amazon's Bellevue footprint will grow to around 5 million square feet, in varying stages of development and planning, near the future Downtown Bellevue Station — which is set to open in 2023. At the same time, Amazon recently allowed a small but significant portion of its South Lake Union office leases to expire.

Five levels of underground parking will have 878 stalls, but The Eight will be about a five-minute walk to the future light rail station.

Amenities on the first two floors will include a 6,000-square-foot “living room,” health and wellness center with patio, decks and terraces, bicycle parking — with 150 tenant stalls — and showers and charging stations for electric car and e-bikes.

Anne Marie and Erika Koehler of NKF are leasing the retail, restaurant and commercial space, which will total about 13,000 square feet — including a freestanding 1,200-square-foot retail pavilion.

The team also includes: Adamson Associates, architect of record; Graham Baba Architects, ground-floor architect; Hargreaves, landscape architect; Navix, civil engineer; MacDonald-Miller, mechanical engineer; and Magnusson Klemencic Associates, structural engineer.

Skanska paid $33 million two years ago for the 1.7-acre corner.


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

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