New office tower in downtown Seattle will save historic neighbors

June 01, 2008 |

Zimmer Gunsul Frasca of Portland, Ore, has been selected to design the Fifth and Columbia office tower in the heart of Seattle's financial district. Developed by Daniels Development, the 43-story, 760,000-sf tower will be the city's fifth-tallest building and the tallest constructed since 1990. The new building will be limited to a quarter-block footprint, which will permit the preservation of public space and two historic structures in the block: the First United Methodist Church sanctuary and the 1904 Rainier Club, a registered historic landmark. The $300 million tower is being designed to pursue LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and has already won the approval of the city's downtown design review board.

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