Expedia Building

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Expedia Building
A dark modernist building with a glass curtain wall facade
Alternative names Tower 333, Technology Tower
General information
Type office
Location 333 108 Ave NE
Bellevue, Washington, USA
Construction started 2000
Completed 2008
Cost $100 million
Height
Roof 272 ft (83 m)
Technical details
Floor count 20
Floor area 414,964 sq ft (38,551.4 m2)
Design and construction
Architect LMN Architects

The Expedia Building is a 20-story office building in the central business district of Bellevue, Washington. The building houses the corporate office of Expedia, Inc., which moved there at the end of 2008.

History[edit]

In October 1997, local developer Eugene Horbach proposed the design of the Bellevue Technology Tower as a 19-story building with 350,000 sq ft (33,000 m2) of space. The project was one of several in Bellevue accompanying the dot-com boom of the late 1990s.[1]

Ambitious plans and the collapse of the dot-com bubble led to severe financial difficulties and delays. In June 2002, Horbach's development partnership defaulted on $22 million in loans. Union pension funds that financed the tower took over ownership of the site. To save the property from foreclosure in September 2002, Horbach sold a 10-acre (4 ha) development site he had spent 17 years acquiring.[2] Then Horbach died on January 1, 2004.[3]

With the excavation and part of the underground parking garage already complete, the Seattle office of real estate company Hines and Washington Capital Management announced revised plans for the site in March 2006.[4] The city discussed the possibility of mandating construction projects to be completed once commenced due to the delays.

In August 2006, it was rumored that Google would be leasing most of the building's office space.[1] The building was scheduled for completion in October 2007, but was delayed when a fixed tower crane at the site collapsed in November 2006, killing one person in a neighboring apartment building.[5] In June 2007, Expedia announced that it would lease 16 floors of the building.[6]

The Expedia Building received Gold-level certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Core & Shell from the U.S. Green Building Council. It was the first newly constructed office building in the city of Bellevue to achieve LEED Gold certification.[7] The building is designed by LMN Architects of Seattle.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cohen, Aubrey (November 18, 2006). "Crane-site project had a rocky history". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved January 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ Boyer, Tom (September 17, 2005). "Bellevue superblock project finally moves past roadblocks". The Seattle Times. Retrieved January 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ Stiles, Marc (January 6, 2004). "Eugene Horbach died 'chasing his next deal'". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved January 11, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Hines plans 20-story tower at Tech Tower site". Puget Sound Business Journal. Seattle. March 7, 2006. Retrieved January 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ Whitely, Peyton; Jean Green, Sara; Carter, Mike (November 17, 2006). "3 Bellevue buildings damaged in crane collapse; at least one killed". The Seattle Times. Retrieved November 16, 2016. 
  6. ^ Cook, John (June 27, 2007). "Expedia moving to downtown Bellevue". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved January 11, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Expedia Tower wins LEED gold". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. September 30, 2009. Retrieved September 7, 2010. 

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Coordinates: 47°36′49″N 122°11′48″W / 47.61361°N 122.19667°W / 47.61361; -122.19667