Russell Investments Center

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Russell Investments Center
Russell Investments Center (then WaMu Center) in 2006
Russell Investments Center is located in Seattle WA Downtown
Russell Investments Center
Location within downtown Seattle
Former namesChase Center
WaMu Center
Washington Mutual Center
General information
TypeCommercial offices
Location1301 Second Avenue
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Coordinates47°36′26″N 122°20′14″W / 47.607311°N 122.337109°W / 47.607311; -122.337109Coordinates: 47°36′26″N 122°20′14″W / 47.607311°N 122.337109°W / 47.607311; -122.337109
Construction started2004
CostUS$370 million
OwnerCommonWealth Partners, CalPERS
Roof182.18 m (597.7 ft)
Technical details
Floor count42
Floor area87,300 m2 (940,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
DeveloperPine Street Group LLC
Structural engineerMagnusson Klemencic Associates
Main contractorSellen Construction

Russell Investments Center is a 42-floor skyscraper in Seattle, Washington, United States. It is the ninth tallest building in Seattle at 182.18 m (597.7 ft), and on completion was the largest skyscraper to mark the downtown skyline in nearly 15 years.

The skyscraper was originally named WaMu Center because it was built to become the new headquarters for Washington Mutual (WaMu), which intended to move most of its many Seattle-area workers into one tower, streamline operations, and encourage worker interaction, with a reinvention of the workplace. Major construction ended in early 2006, with minor construction continuing into the fall. Tenants from Washington Mutual began to move into the tower in March that year. On September 25, 2008, Washington Mutual failed, and its assets and accounts were sold to JPMorgan Chase by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. On June 1, 2009, the building was renamed Chase Center.[4] On September 9, 2009, the building was purchased by Northwestern Mutual of Milwaukee. Russell Investments, a Northwestern Mutual subsidiary, made the building its corporate headquarters upon relocation from Tacoma, Washington, and renamed the building the Russell Investments Center.[5][6]

The architect for the tower was NBBJ, which also designed nearby Two Union Square and other notable buildings in downtown Seattle. Sellen Construction was the general contractor for the project. The tower is located at 1301 Second Avenue, on the opposite corner from 1201 Third Avenue that was previously named Washington Mutual Tower. It includes the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) on the first four floors of the west half of the building, and connects to the museum's existing building on the southern portion of the block. WaMu and SAM made an agreement where the museum may expand in two-floor increments up to the 12th floor over the next 20 years as needed.[7] The building also features a private 20,000 sq ft (1,900 m2) rooftop patio on the west half of the 17th floor for workers of the tower to take walks along the several walking paths.



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  4. ^ Andrea James (26 May 2009). "Hello and goodbye: WaMu officially becomes Chase on June 1". The Seattle P-I. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
  5. ^ Tibbits, George (9 September 2009). "Russell Investments moving to Seattle". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Russell celebrates new global headquarters opening". Russell Investments. 3 November 2010.
  7. ^ Sheila Bacon. "Where Cash Meets Culture". Constructor. Archived from the original on 12 June 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
  8. ^ Cook, John (2014-11-24). "Confirmed: Zillow to lease five more floors at downtown Seattle HQ". GeekWire. Retrieved 2014-12-03.

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