888 Tower

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888 Tower
888 Tower is located in Seattle WA Downtown
888 Tower
Location within downtown Seattle
Alternative names 888 Second Avenue
General information
Status Never built
Type Mixed-use
Address 888 2nd Avenue
Seattle, Washington
Coordinates 47°36′16″N 122°20′01″W / 47.604319°N 122.333587°W / 47.604319; -122.333587Coordinates: 47°36′16″N 122°20′01″W / 47.604319°N 122.333587°W / 47.604319; -122.333587
Estimated completion 2019[citation needed]
Roof 888 feet (271 m)
Technical details
Floor count 60
Floor area 1.3 million square feet (120,000 m2)
Design and construction
Architecture firm NBBJ
Developer Urban Visions
Structural engineer Magnusson Klemencic Associates

888 Tower,[3] also referred to as 888 Second Avenue,[1] was a proposed 888-foot-tall (271 m) skyscraper in Downtown Seattle.[1] It would have been mixed-use, consisting of retail space on the ground floor, and offices and condominiums on higher floors. The tower would have occupied the full city block between 2nd and 3rd Avenues and Columbia and Marion streets.[4] When completed, it would have become the second-tallest building in Seattle and the fifth-tallest on the West Coast of the United States.[4]

In 2013, developer Urban Visions filed preliminary permits for a 77-story, 1,200-foot-tall (370 m) supertall skyscraper that would have eclipsed the Columbia Center as the tallest building in Seattle.[5] A competition was held in 2014 to select a design for the supertall tower, resulting in Urban Visions favoring NBBJ's 60-story proposal over a 77-story proposal from Gensler.[6][7][8] The NBBJ proposal featured a 65-foot-wide (20 m) atrium in the middle of the tower that would function like a skylight; the 60-story tower also incorporated floor layouts that would have allowed for 10 to 15 more people per floor despite the loss of a central core, allowing for the height to be reduced.[4][9]

In October 2017, Urban Visions announced that it would scale back its plans and build a 28-story tower on the eastern half of the block.[10]

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  1. ^ a b c "888 2nd Avenue". CTBUH Skyscraper Database. 
  2. ^ 888 Tower at Emporis
  3. ^ "888 Tower". Urban Visions. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Bhatt, Sanjay (July 8, 2015). "Innovative project would be Seattle's second-tallest building". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  5. ^ Stiles, Marc (December 5, 2013). "77-story tower planned for downtown Seattle". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  6. ^ "888 Second Avenue". Gensler. Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  7. ^ Stiles, Marc (March 26, 2014). "Here's what Seattle's tallest tower could look like, if it's built". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  8. ^ Porter, Lynn (October 16, 2014). "Urban Visions hires NBBJ for new tower". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved August 8, 2015. 
  9. ^ Stiles, Marc (November 24, 2014). "Urban Visions' new Second Avenue high-rise will have eye to the sky". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  10. ^ Miller, Brian (October 27, 2017). "Greg Smith says 60-story tower was 'too big for us'; new plan is 28 stories". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved October 27, 2017.