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November 30, 2022

Perkins Will to show life-science towers for Denny Triangle

Real Estate Editor

Rendering by Perkins Will [enlarge] [gallery]
This view looks south from the park, across Denny. Dexter is at right.

BioMed Realty is planning an alley vacation on what some would call the Loyal Inn block, at 2301 Eighth Ave. in the Denny Triangle. Thus, what were once the east and west parcels will effectively disappear. The vacant old motel and commercial structures will be razed, and Perkins Will is planning what it dubs a “grid shift” to allow for two new life-science towers, north and south, overlooking Denny Way.

The first design review, in a virtual presentation, will come on Jan. 3. Perkins Will is proposing an 18-story north tower and an 11-story south tower. Together they'll have some 600,000 square feet above grade.

The team now also includes Site Workshop, landscape architect; KPFF, civil and structural engineer; OAC, project manager; McCullough Hill Leary, legal; Rushing, energy services and sustainability; Cochran, electrical; MacDonald-Miller, mechanical and plumbing; and GeoEngineers, geotechnical.

No general contractor is tipped, but Turner is doing the demolition, and is also attached as the builder for BioMed's large nearby T6 project.

Four levels of underground parking would have about 630 stalls (about 60% of the prior number), with the garage entry on Eighth. The bike parking isn't yet detailed.

Denny Park South had been announced this past spring as the project's working title. That moniker may have been dropped.

The irregular block faces north to Denny Park. It's also bounded by Bell Street and Seventh Avenue, with a pentagonal shape. A new pedestrian connector would thread between the two buildings in a roughly north-south alignment. The main building lobbies would face Seventh.

At the north end of the connector, facing Denny, would be a public plaza. Retail or restaurant space, with an outdoor terrace, is programmed for the south building. Including a smaller south plaza, there would be about 24,375 square feet of open space at grade.

The project entered design review with a value of $245 million. BioMed Realty paid Clise Properties $127 million for the block early this year.

And Perkins Will is meanwhile designing the over 500,000-square-foot, full-block T6 project for BioMed; that design is a little more advanced, and the project will likely start first. Demolition plans are also underway there.


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

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