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20Aug 2014

Amazon’s new Kent fulfillment center to bring same-day delivery to Seattle

The first wall of a new 800,000 Amazon Fulfillment Center in Kent went up on Tuesday. This will be the fourth Amazon Fulfillment center in the Puget Sound in addition to Amazon’s recently opened sort center in Kent.
The new Kent Amazon Fulfillment Center is across the street from the Amazon sort center. The sort center sorts packages for final delivery by the United State Post Office (USPS).

According to Dave Graybeal, a General Manager at Amazon Fulfillment’s Dupont facility, the new Read More >

15Aug 2014

Photos: Mixed-use building rising in North Portland

A new mixed-use project is under way on the booming North Williams Avenue-Vancouver Avenue corridor. The Cook Street Apartments, being built by general contractor Sierra Construction Co., will contain five stories of residential space over ground-floor retail space.

The project is due south of a New Seasons Market that was completed last year and developed by an affiliate company of Sierra, which also owned the apartment site before selling it to Seattle-based Lake Union Partners earlier last spring.

The LRS Architects-designed building’s Read More >

13Aug 2014

Panattoni, port will start Des Moines business park

A groundbreaking ceremony is set for the first phase of the 87-acre Des Moines Creek Business Park.

The event will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the northwest corner of 24th Avenue South and South 216th Street.

The property is owned by the Port of Seattle. The developer, Panattoni Development Co., has a long-term lease.

The business park will include 1.6 million square feet of manufacturing, office, distribution and industrial buildings for tenants that want to be near Sea-Tac Airport.

CollinsWoerman is the Read More >

23Jul 2014

Proposal for an Uptown drug store grows into 3-story mixed-use project

A one-story CVS Pharmacy proposed for a high profile corner in Uptown has now evolved into a three-story, mixed-use building, and The Velmeir Cos. is hoping to start construction in January.

The structure at 531 Queen Anne Ave. N. will have 16,000 square feet of retail space, mostly for the pharmacy, with 32 apartments above and 62 parking spaces underground. A small retail space along Mercer Street could be a food court.

Construction is expected to take between 13 and 15 months.

A Read More >

24Jun 2014

Recology CleanScapes recently opened a 75,000-square-foot recycling plant in the existing warehouse at 4401 E. Marginal Way S. in Seattle. The plant processes commercial and residential commingled recyclables. Its equipment was designed, manufactured and installed by Bulk Handling Systems of Eugene, Oregon. The machines can process more than 90,000 tons of recyclables annually. Sierra Construction built out office space, poured concrete slabs and cut 4-foot-deep pits in the concrete for the machines. The contractor also removed three interior columns and added three large overhead doors and drive-in ramps. Owen Richards Architects was the designer. Recology occupies about 40 percent of the former Washington State Liquor Control warehouse. Owner Panattoni Development is building a 111,000-square-foot addition to the building and is talking with potential tenants for that space and the rest of the existing warehouse. Sierra recently started the addition and expects to finish by year end. Craft Architects is the designer. Recology CleanScapes collects solid waste and recyclables from businesses and households in the cities of Seattle, Shoreline, SeaTac, Burien, Des Moines, Issaquah and Carnation. It will add Maple Valley later this year. Twenty-five people were hired to run the new plant.

The FedEx Ground Distribution Facility at 18795 N.E. 73rd St. in Redmond has been certified LEED Silver.

Designed by Freiheit and Ho Architects, the 212,000-square-foot distribution center is the largest industrial building in Redmond. It houses FedEx Ground offices and sorting and re-distribution equipment.

Sierra Construction Co. was the design-build general contractor.

The building is 785 feet long and was constructed with 80,000 square feet of tilt-up concrete walls. It has an average clear height of 30 feet.

This is the first LEED-certified distribution Read More >

6Jun 2014

Old liquor warehouse becomes recycling plant; Panattoni starts addition

Recology CleanScapes recently opened a 75,000-square-foot recycling plant in the existing warehouse at 4401 E. Marginal Way S. in Seattle.

The plant processes commercial and residential commingled recyclables. Its equipment was designed, manufactured and installed by Bulk Handling Systems of Eugene, Oregon. The machines can process more than 90,000 tons of recyclables annually.

Sierra Construction built out office space, poured concrete slabs and cut 4-foot-deep pits in the concrete for the machines. The contractor also removed three interior columns and added three Read More >

3Jun 2014

Structures: Put a building right on top of a tunnel? We can do that!

Across from the Paramount Theatre in downtown Seattle, an unusual six-story apartment building is rising.
Its wood-framed upper floors look normal enough. But at ground level, a bridge appears to have crashed into the site and woven its massive, rusty steel framework into the design.

It’s not a bridge, in fact, but the transit tunnel that the workers on the apartment project must accommodate. Because the tunnel sits as little as six feet below the apartment house at Ninth Avenue and Pine Read More >

2Jun 2014

PSRC picks 6 to win Vision 2040 awards

Six projects and programs won awards from the Puget Sound Regional Council for showing the kind of forward-thinking planning that matches PSRC’s Vision 2040 plan.

The plan is a strategy for growth management, transportation and economic development in the King-Pierce-Snohomish region as the population increases. Another 5 million people are projected to live here by 2040, according to PSRC.

Here are the winners:
* Capitol Hill Housing’s 12 Avenue Arts, a mixed-use building on Capitol Hill that will combine low-income housing and arts space. Read More >

12May 2014

Tacoma’s Titus-Will Ford undertakes a major remodeling

A large Tacoma-area auto dealer, Titus-Will Ford, has begun a major remodeling project that will add 50 percent new space in its showroom, double its customer waiting area and create a climate-controlled service reception area.

The multi-million-dollar project, when complete early next year, will add a new automated car wash to the dealership along with a new truck service area.

The work on the Ford store at 3606 S. Sprague Avenue near the Tacoma Mall will update the 1968 building designed by Read More >

16Apr 2014

HomeStreet provides funds for Henry construction

HomeStreet Bank Commercial Real Estate, a subsidiary of HomeStreet, Inc., has announced that it has provided a $25 million construction loan to Henry Foss Group, LLC for The Henry Apartments in Tacoma.

The Henry, a 161-unit, six-story mixed use building situated on the Thea Foss Waterway in Tacoma, is one of the first new significant apartment projects to be developed in the city’s downtown market in several years. Developers Carino and Associates, a family-owned Tacoma development firm, has a history with Read More >

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