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May 18, 2023
The DJC first reported in March that work was underway on the U District Station Building, which is to rise atop U District Station itself. Developer LPC West confirmed the news earlier this month, and held an official groundbreaking on May 10. The UW owns the air rights, and will occupy about half the 12-story, 266,000-square-foot office tower, which was designed by Perkins & Will. GLY Construction is the builder, and Intercontinental Real Estate is a partner with LPC West. The latter's Alex Aigner said in a statement, “We are so fortunate to work with UW and other great partners to deliver an innovative building that embraces best practices in transit-oriented development.” Completion is expected by the end of next year; occupancy should be in 2025. What's newsworthy is that the UW is no longer taking the whole building, likely a change prompted by hybrid schedules and work-from-home. Floors two through six will go to the university, and the remaining 130,000 square feet — floors 12 down to seven — are being offered by Cavan O'Keefe, Tim O'Keefe and Jesse Ottele at Newmark. There's no set asking rate; floor plates average around 22,167 square feet.