• Seattle Convention Center Addition Builds Careers and a Welcoming, Connected Neighborhood

     
    POSTED August 15, 2022
     
    Photo credit: LMN Architects

The Addition, also known as Summit, at the Seattle Convention Center (recently renamed from the Washington State Convention Center) is making steady progress toward completion. With only months of construction remaining, interior details are quickly taking shape. In other progress, construction has begun on the codevelopment office project by its new owner, Hudson Pacific Properties Inc. (HPP).

Codevelopment Moving Forward
On April 27, the Seattle Convention Center completed the sale of the Addition’s fully entitled office development site at 1000 Olive Way to HPP. The tower is expected to be LEED Gold-certified with 100% carbon-neutral operations and will feature 546,000 square feet of Class A office space. Delivery is anticipated in 2024.

The office codevelopment, along with a neighboring residential codevelopment, will rise immediately north of the Addition and above its below-grade loading dock. The codevelopments are central to one overarching goal of the project, which is to build a great neighborhood with street-level uses, pedestrian amenities, and density that create a welcoming environment for walking, living, working, and visiting.

Supporting an Equitable Recovery
Through its partnership with ANEW, which provides pre-apprenticeship training, the Addition project has supported the Trades Rotation Program (TRP), which educates and empowers women, people of color, and others to pursue careers in the building trades. The most recent cohort of women and nonbinary students graduated April 14. The program prepared graduates such as Bridget Black and Mikhail Stewart to join apprenticeships in their chosen trades.

Black says starting a new career can be daunting, especially in a male-dominated field. But she is determined to become an electrician and says the support from her classmates and the opportunity to earn a family wage in the trades has kept her motivated.

“The program has given me a lot of confidence,” she says. “My kids, too, are proud of me, and they talk about what I’m doing to their friends. It’s been good for my whole family and will help us in the long run.”

Stewart says programs like the TRP break down barriers to accessing living-wage careers and that women and others who are under-represented in the construction trades deserve a seat at the table.

“When you empower other people, you empower your community,” Stewart says. “As soon as you start breaking down those barriers and more people can get to work, we’re going to build things we never dreamt of building. We can reach new heights.” 

 

The average event-goer spends long days sitting in meetings or professional development sessions, followed by an hour or two of standing and sipping cocktails. But holding your next big event at a spa resort opens a realm of possibilities for wellness breaks. Moving the action from the boardroom to the steam room can improve morale by combining business with pleasure—while also boosting attendees’ health. 

 

 Seattle is young and ever evolving, a dynamic city where newness is an integral part of the culture. And it has a long, proud history of hospitality.

In the early 1850s, Chief Seattle welcomed strangers to the banks of Puget Sound. Because of his kindness, they named their new settlement on Elliott Bay after him. “Seattle is a new city with an ancient culture,” notes Ken Workman, Chief Seattle’s great, great, great, great grandson. “It’s less than two grandmas old, as we like to say.” 

 

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