Amazon continues to fill Downtown Seattle office space. Update on Troy Block South Lake Union (300 Boren Ave N) & Rainier Square Downtown (1301 5th Ave).
This week the LEED Gold Certified office complex, Troy Block, opened in South Lake Union. Covering a full city block, the two-building complex includes the 13-story, 422,000 square foot, north tower and the 12-story, 395,000 square foot, south tower. Amazon signed a lease for the two towers back in 2015 while the project was under construction. Troy Block is located just east of the company’s headquarters.
At the bases of the new glass towers are the landmarked facades of the Troy Laundry and Boren Investment buildings. The complex also includes two art installations, landscaped courtyards, underground parking, indoor bike storage and an upper-story deck. Seattle Coffee Works will open a 1,500 square foot cafe, called Cascade Coffee Works, in the south tower.
It was also announced this week that Amazon will lease all 722,000 square feet of office space in what is soon to be Seattle’s second-tallest skyscraper after Columbia Center. At Fourth Avenue and Union Street, Rainier Square tower will be the future workspace for more than 3,500 additional Amazon employees.
The 58-story building will also include 80,000 square feet of retail below, 200 luxury residences above and seven levels of underground parking. The retail space will include an Equinox Fitness Club and a 20,000 square foot grocery store. In late 2018, work is expected to start on an adjacent luxury hotel. The eastern facade of the tower will feature a dramatic curve in recognition of the Minoru Yamasaki-designed curved pedestal of Rainier Tower next door.
The $570 million project, by developer Wright Runstad & Co., is expected to open in summer 2020. Once open, it will be among one of Amazon’s largest office buildings.