UW Tower

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UW Tower
Seattle - UW Tower 01.jpg
Alternative namesSafeco Plaza
Safeco Building
General information
TypeCommercial offices
Location4333 Brooklyn Avenue NE
University District
Seattle, Washington
Coordinates47°39′39″N 122°18′53″W / 47.660755°N 122.314673°W / 47.660755; -122.314673Coordinates: 47°39′39″N 122°18′53″W / 47.660755°N 122.314673°W / 47.660755; -122.314673
OwnerUniversity of Washington
Roof99 m (325 ft)
Technical details
Floor count22
Design and construction

The UW Tower is a high-rise office building complex serving as head offices for University of Washington. It was completed in 1975 in the University District of Seattle, Washington. At 99 m (325 ft), the 22-story tower, designed by NBBJ, is Seattle's tallest building outside the Downtown Seattle area. The tower was originally constructed as Safeco Plaza to serve as Safeco Insurance's headquarters, and was generally known as the Safeco Building. Safeco sold the property to the University of Washington in 2006 for $130 million,[2] and moved out in 2007. The purchase from Safeco included Safeco Tower, three adjacent buildings, a residential building with 29 units, two parking garages and two surface parking lots.[2]

The current properties consist of the UW Tower itself, Buildings A, C, O, and S, the Collegiana building, two garages, and two surface lots.[3]


Although much of the building is used for administrative purposes, various schools and departments at the University of Washington, especially the medical sciences, have offices in the UW Tower. These include UW Information Technology (UW-IT), the UW Payroll Office, University Advancement and Professional and Continuing Education.[4]



  1. ^ UW Tower at Emporis
  2. ^ a b Allison, Melissa (August 29, 2006). "UW acquires Safeco tower for $130 million". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  3. ^ "UW Tower". google.com. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  4. ^ "UW Tower Building Directory". washington.edu. Retrieved April 16, 2017.

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