• 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.” 


Providing a gateway to live entertainment in eastern Idaho, the Mountain America Center in Idaho Falls will soon be home to concerts, comedians, rodeos, and everything in between. Construction of the center began May 2021, and it is slated to open on Nov. 28. 

“This will be a true hub for numerous headlining concerts and entertainers,” says Kelsey Salsbery, the director of marketing at Mountain America Center. “[It] will also serve as a community facility in which graduations, corporate events, conferences, and fundraisers can also be hosted.” 


You won’t find another event venue like Emerald City Trapeze Arts in Seattle. Emerald City sits in the south of downtown (SoDo district) and houses some 20,000 square feet of flexible and visually dazzling space. With a rustic, almost industrial feel, the unique post-and-beam interior is a stunning setting for conferences or corporate parties. In addition to the two ground spaces, clients are captivated by the rough-hewn wood of the mezzanine balcony overlooking the main floor and the spacious 600-square-foot performance stage.


The 16-story, 265-room Astra Hotel Seattle, a Marriott Tribute Portfolio property, opened in the city’s South Lake Union neighborhood on July 10. With 5,000 square feet of event space—including the rooftop ALTITUDE Sky Lounge and the veggie-forward Otium Grill & Greens on the lobby level—the Astra can accommodate groups up to 200 seated and even more theater-style. Both the rooftop bar and Otium are available for buyouts.