Amazon in the Regrade
Seattle, WA, USA
With 42 stories, the building was designed with large, open floors so that area companies could consolidate operations and encourage employee interaction. First Washington Mutual and now Russell Investments have made it their headquarters, introducing highly successful open plan workplace concepts in the building.
The tower includes the Seattle Art Museum Expansion on the first four floors of the west half of the building, and connects to the museum's existing building on the southern portion of the block. The original owner WaMu made an agreement with the museum where the museum could expand in two-floor increments up to the 12th floor over 20 years as needed. To support this arrangement, NBBJ designed a flexible space that included a series of removable floors and mechanical systems to allow for a portion of the office space to be converted to museum space. The building also includes a successful performance-based seismic design never before attempted in the U.S.
Russell Investments Center also boasts a perfect 100 ENERGY STAR score, making it the most efficient high rise in Seattle and the city‘s first to attain LEED-EB Platinum status.