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Nexus (building)

Coordinates: 47°37′02″N 122°19′50″W / 47.61722°N 122.33056°W / 47.61722; -122.33056
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Under construction in May 2019
Nexus (building) is located in Seattle WA Downtown
Nexus (building)
Location within downtown Seattle
General information
Address1200 Howell Street
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Coordinates47°37′02″N 122°19′50″W / 47.61722°N 122.33056°W / 47.61722; -122.33056
Construction startedMarch 14, 2017
OpenedFebruary 2020
Cost$151.6 million[1]
Roof440 feet (130 m)
Technical details
Floor count40
Design and construction
Architecture firmWeber Thompson
DeveloperBurrard Group
Structural engineerKPFF
Main contractorSkanska
Other information
Number of units389 condominiums
Parking316 parking stalls

Nexus is a high-rise residential building in Seattle, Washington, United States. The 40-story, 440-foot (130 m) tower has 389 condominiums, retail space, and a parking garage for 316 vehicles. Nexus is located at 1200 Howell Street in the Denny Triangle neighborhood, adjacent to Interstate 5. The project, developed by Burrard Group, was announced in 2015 and began construction in early 2017. It opened in February 2020.



Vancouver-based developer Burrard Group announced its intention to build a 41-story condominium tower at 1200 Howell Street, its first project in Seattle, in late 2015.[6] The project was named "Nexus", referencing the tower's design as well as its location between South Lake Union, Downtown Seattle, and Capitol Hill.[7] Burrard purchased the project site, a quarter-block surface parking lot, for $14.95 million in May 2016.[8] Reservations and deposits for units began selling on June 7, with buyers camping out overnight and forming long lines at the sales office.[9]

Construction was approved in December 2016,[10] and a ceremonial groundbreaking was held on March 14, 2017.[11] Sales for units in the building began the following week, resulting in 75 percent of units sold within the first few days.[12] The building opened in February 2020 for the first set of new residents.[13]

A temporary certificate of occupancy was issued by the city government in January 2020, with the remaining work later delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic and a statewide construction stoppage. Burrard filed a court complaint against Skanska and its subcontractors for late delivery of the project, valued at $4.7 million, as well as unresolved change orders and water damage during construction.[14] Skanska filed suit against Burrard Group's 1200 Howell Street LLC for $20 million in damages and were awarded $19.2 million by a King County Superior Court jury in March 2022, pending a further ruling by the trial judge.[15]



Nexus's design consists of a series of stacked boxes that are rotated in 8-degree offsets to create a "twisted" look.[3][16] The tower, designed by Weber Thompson, uses the areas under the boxes for open-air terraces, as well as amenity spaces.[3][5] Some corners of the tower are "eroded" and form two-story penthouse units that are located throughout the building.[3] The rooftop has a lounge and view terrace for residents, as well as a private bar and restaurant.[17]

The tower also includes retail space in its podium, as well as twelve stories of parking in below- and above-ground garages.[17][18]


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  2. ^ "Emporis building ID 1273638". Emporis. Archived from the original on August 12, 2017.
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  4. ^ "Skanska signs $151.6M contract to build Denny Triangle condo tower". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. April 6, 2017. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Architecture". Nexus Seattle. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  6. ^ Levy, Nat (October 29, 2015). "Canadian group plans high-rise condo tower in Denny Triangle". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  7. ^ Stiles, Marc (April 14, 2016). "40-story condo tower coming to Seattle's new 'vertical village'". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  8. ^ "Burrard pays $15M for land to build 40-story Nexus condo tower in SLU". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. May 31, 2016. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  9. ^ Cohen, Lindsay (June 7, 2016). "Seattle for sale: Condo buyers camp out, line up for project three years out". KOMO 4 News. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  10. ^ Miller, Brian (December 28, 2016). "January start announced for Nexus". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  11. ^ "Nexus Ground Breaking & VIP Reception Announced For March 14th". Nexus Seattle. March 6, 2017. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  12. ^ Stiles, Marc (March 20, 2017). "Seattle's condo market came back in a big way this weekend". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  13. ^ Therrien, Alyssa (February 13, 2020). "Seattle's NEXUS tower has welcomed the first of 600 residents". Daily Hive. Retrieved February 18, 2020.
  14. ^ Korman, Richard (May 4, 2020). "Skanska and Seattle Condo Developer Seek To Resolve Costly Tangle Of Disputes". Engineering News-Record. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  15. ^ Stiles, Marc (March 24, 2022). "Seattle jury hands down $19M verdict against condo tower project". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved March 24, 2022.
  16. ^ "Final Recommendation of the Downtown Design Review Board: 1200 Howell Street" (PDF). Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections. July 12, 2016. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  17. ^ a b "403 new condos in 40-story Nexus will anchor 'glimmering new neighborhood'". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. April 15, 2016. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  18. ^ "Weber Thompson tweaks design for 40-story condo tower on Howell St". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. July 12, 2016. Retrieved August 11, 2017.