Rainier Square Tower
|Rainier Square Tower|
Under construction in May 2019
|Address||1301 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101|
|Construction started||October 2017|
|Cost||$600 million (estimated)|
|Height||850 feet (260 m)|
|Design and construction|
Rainier Square Tower is a mixed-use skyscraper in the Metropolitan Tract of Downtown Seattle, Washington that is currently under construction. 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. The $600 million project is scheduled to be completed by 2020, and will be the tallest building constructed in the city since 1985.
The University of Washington, which owns the Metropolitan Tract, announced their intent to redevelop the Rainier Square shopping center in late 2013. The shopping mall opened in 1978 and occupies three-fourths of the block around the existing Rainier Tower. The regents had previously proposed demolishing the mall for a 26-story hotel in 2000, but the proposal was shelved. In May 2014, the university's Board of Regents selected Wright Runstad to develop the property. In November 2015, Wright Runstad raised the tower's proposed height from 800 to 850 feet, with an additional eight stories of luxury apartments. On December 3, 2015, the city approved the master use plan, paving the way for construction to begin.
The Rainier Square shopping center was closed in August 2017 and site demolition began the following month. Amazon.com was announced as the sole lessee of the office portion in October 2017, occupying 722,000 square feet (67,100 m2). In February 2019, Amazon announced that it would sublease the tower while considering other options.
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. Six levels of below-grade parking will accommodate up to 1,000 vehicles. 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.
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