Rainier Square Tower

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Rainier Square Tower
Rainier Square Tower from 5th Avenue and Union Street, May 2019.jpg
Under construction in May 2019
Rainier Square Tower is located in Seattle WA Downtown
Rainier Square Tower
Location within downtown Seattle
General information
StatusUnder construction
Address1301 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
Coordinates47°36′33.12″N 122°20′05.89″W / 47.6092000°N 122.3349694°W / 47.6092000; -122.3349694 (Rainier Square Tower)
Construction startedOctober 2017
Estimated completion2020
Cost$600 million (estimated)
Height850 feet (260 m)
Technical details
Floor count58
Design and construction
Architecture firmNBBJ
DeveloperWright Runstad
[1] [2]

Rainier Square Tower is a mixed-use skyscraper in the Metropolitan Tract of Downtown Seattle, Washington that is currently under construction.[3] The 850-foot (260 m) tall, 58-story tower will be located at Union Street between 4th and 5th Avenues adjacent to the existing Rainier Tower, and will be the second-tallest building in Seattle upon completion.[1] The $600 million project is scheduled to be completed by 2020, and will be the tallest building constructed in the city since 1985.[3][4]


The University of Washington, which owns the Metropolitan Tract, announced their intent to redevelop the Rainier Square shopping center in late 2013.[5] The shopping mall opened in 1978 and occupies three-fourths of the block around the existing Rainier Tower.[5][6] The regents had previously proposed demolishing the mall for a 26-story hotel in 2000, but the proposal was shelved.[7] In May 2014, the university's Board of Regents selected Wright Runstad to develop the property.[8] In November 2015, Wright Runstad raised the tower's proposed height from 800 to 850 feet, with an additional eight stories of luxury apartments.[9] On December 3, 2015, the city approved the master use plan, paving the way for construction to begin.[2]

The Rainier Square shopping center was closed in August 2017 and site demolition began the following month.[citation needed] Amazon.com was announced as the sole lessee of the office portion in October 2017, occupying 722,000 square feet (67,100 m2).[3][10] In February 2019, Amazon announced that it would sublease the tower while considering other options.[11]

The retail portion will be occupied by an Equinox Fitness club and a PCC Community Markets store.[12][13] The 169-room hotel will be operated by Equinox under their hotels division.[14]


The tower, designed by NBBJ, will feature nearly 200 luxury apartment units, 750,000 square feet of office space, and 30,000 square feet of retail space, as well as a 12-story hotel with approximately 150 rooms in a separate building.[2][15] Six levels of below-grade parking will accommodate up to 1,000 vehicles.[16] The tower will have a unique, "sloping" appearance, starting with a wide base and gradually becoming slimmer at higher floors. Early designs had the taper beginning at a higher floor, but it was lowered so as not to obscure views of the unique "pedestal" base of Minoru Yamasaki's adjacent Rainier Tower.[1][15]

The tower will use a "radical" shear wall core system that will accelerate construction, using steel plates in lieu of traditional rebar and formwork between concrete elements.[17]

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  1. ^ a b c "Latest scoop on proposal for Rainier Square tower". The Seattle Times. June 27, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c DeMay, Daniel (December 4, 2015). "Dramatic Rainier Square project gets go-ahead from city". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Miller, Brian (October 4, 2017). "With Amazon signed, work begins on Rainier Square redevelopment". Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  4. ^ "Rainier Square Project Schedule". Wright Runstad & Company. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Bhatt, Sanjay (October 3, 2013). "UW has big plans for its prime downtown Seattle real estate". The Seattle Times. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  6. ^ "In fashion—smooth leather". The Seattle Times. November 9, 1978. p. F2.
  7. ^ Dudley, Brier (January 13, 2000). "Rainier Square might be razed". The Seattle Times. p. B1. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  8. ^ Bhatt, Sanjay (May 8, 2014). "UW plans 50-story tower on downtown block". The Seattle Times. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  9. ^ Bhatt, Sanjay (November 5, 2014). "Rainier Square redo will put apartments high in the sky". The Seattle Times. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  10. ^ Rosenberg, Mike (October 3, 2017). "Amazon still growing in Seattle, taking over what will be the city's 2nd-tallest skyscraper". The Seattle Times. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  11. ^ Feiner, Lauren (February 27, 2019). "Amazon reportedly pulls plans to expand into new Seattle skyscraper after abandoning HQ2 plans in NYC". CNBC. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  12. ^ "Wright Runstad & Company and J.P. Morgan Announce Partnership, Ground Lease, Leasing and the Beginning of Construction of Seattle's 1.17 Million Square Foot Rainier Square" (PDF) (Press release). Wright Runstad & Company. October 3, 2017. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  13. ^ Romano, Benjamin (March 9, 2018). "PCC will put grocery in heart of Seattle's downtown". The Seattle Times. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  14. ^ Miller, Brian (August 2, 2018). "Rainier Square hotel will be Equinox". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  15. ^ a b Stiles, Mark (December 3, 2015). "Now with a more dramatic design, Seattle skyscraper project clears major hurdle". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  16. ^ "Development Portfolio: Rainier Square". Wright Runstad & Company. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  17. ^ Post, Nadine M. (September 27, 2017). "Steel Core System Could Transform Office Tower Construction". Engineering News-Record. Retrieved October 3, 2017.