Skanska USA Commercial Development’s First Seattle Effort Holds Groundbreaking
By Alex Girda, Associate Editor
Major construction firm Skanska recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the first project that the company’s USA Commercial Development team has handled in Seattle. Stone34 is a mixed-use facility that will offer office and retail space in a sustainable environment, one that keeps in line with the firm’s eco-friendly construction philosophy. Skanska USA Commercial Development also has a number of other projects lined up for the greater Seattle area, with the submarkets of South Lake Union and Bellevue currently targeted for a number of projects.
Stone34 was designed to become a door opener for the Burke-Gilman Trail, and will serve a diverse population for the area. It features ground-floor retail and four levels of office space totaling 129,000 square feet. In addition, 8,500 square feet of outdoor pedestrian space is included in the building plans. Features will also include wide sidewalks, group seating, plaza spaces and bike rails designed by landscape architect Swift & Co. The ground-floor spaces arranged by Skanska were an essential design feature for Stone34’s anchor tenant, Brooks Sports Inc.
One of the flagships for the city’s Deep Green Pilot Program, Skanska’s Stone34 is pre-certified LEED Platinum, and plans call for the structure to employ hydronic heating and cooling, stormwater capture and reuse, as well as designs that allow for an increase in day lighting and the lowering of summer heat loads. The building’s idea of connecting two different areas is striking the fancy of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce. According to the chamber’s executive director, Jessica Vets, the entity is “thrilled that such a cutting-edge, green development is being built in this key location,” also mentioning the fact that “Stone34 will be a bridge connecting Fremont with Wallingford and shows how beneficial community connectivity is for all.”
The Seattle Deep Green Pilot Program calls for water and energy usage levels to be reduced by at least 75 percent of comparable buildings. With completion set for 2014, LMN Architects’ design will be ready for use starting next spring.
Rendering courtesy of skanska.com