Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses - apartment houses

Designers: GBD Architects (firm); Weber + Thompson, PLLC (firm); Scott E. Thompson (architect); Blaine J. Weber (architect)

Dates: constructed 2014-2015

40 stories, total floor area: 300,000 sq. ft.

2nd Avenue and Pine Street
Downtown, Seattle, WA

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Occupying a prime site, located one block east of the Pike Place Market and one block west of Macy's Department Store, this 400-unit apartment tower was part of a Downtown Seattle building boom that filled the city's skyline with construction cranes. This site had seen earlier building activity in the mid-2000s, when developers excavated foundations for a proposed luxury hotel and apartment tower. The crippling Recession of 2008 ended this project, and the developers filled in the hole and repaved the lot for parking. It stood in this condition until 2014.

Building History

Developer Equity Residential of Chicago, IL, commissioned two firms to design the 2nd and Pine Apartments, Weber Thompson Architects of Seattle, WA, and GBD Architects of Portland, OR. Weber Thompson's web site said of the building in 2015: "This 40-story high-rise residential tower will celebrate its vibrant and active location with an animated curtain wall composed of high-performance, playful metal accents and a strong pre-cast concrete base. The fractured pre-cast clad podium of the tower will house also house micro apartment units that will serve to animate the above grade parking." The collaborating firms obtained a LEED Silver Certification level for the tower. Equity developed residential apartment buildings across the US, maintaining 11 regional offices in 2015.

Building Notes

The 2nd and Pine Apartments reserved first floor space for retail businesses; it had four floors of above-grade parking and four floors of below-grade parking accommodating approximately 250 vehicles.

PCAD id: 19494