Seattle DJC.com Local Business News & Data – Real Estate
December 13, 2023
Gehry’s X building is open; Building Z is quiet at the moment
There was no announcement from Facebook/Meta when it opened a few months ago, and the building couldn’t be more discreet or less flashy. There is no name or logo for the business at 10301 Willows Road NE, just a sign with the address reading Redmond Campus. The Frank Gehry-designed Building X, as the city calls it, is largely covered by trees. (Google Maps now calls it “Project X.”)
BNBuilders began construction on the five-story, 334,850-square-foot project about three years ago. It is an office and industrial/R&D building, with “multiple commercial kitchens” (per building company) and three levels of mostly structured parking. The total size of the project is approximately 706,964 square feet.
LEED Platinum certification is expected for a project featuring various rooftops and terraces, as well as a large central atrium with open staircases.
The team also included Gustafson Guthrie Nicol, landscape architect; Coughlin Porter Lundin, civilian; Magnuson Klemencik Associates, Structural; Simpson Gompertz and Haeger, Fire and Life Safety; Walker Consultants, Car Parking; Associate Engineers, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering; Tillotson Design Associates, lighting; Newson Brown Acoustics; Bush, Rudd, and Hitchings, surveyor; Davie Resource Group, arborist; Talasaya, environmental consultant; Transpo group, traffic; Aspect Consulting, environmental consultant.
To the south, at 10201 Willows Road, work has not yet begun on the Gehry-designed Building Z. This project appeared last year. If it goes ahead, at a time when tech companies are reconsidering their office space needs, it would be about 336,701 square feet, plus four levels of parking with more than 800 stalls.
Planning for Building Z has been fairly quiet since the first design review in the summer of last year. Final permits and SEPA approval appear in the distance.
Between the two buildings, and the third building owned by Facebook in the north, open-air suspension bridges are also planned.
Building X is the third local project for Gehry Partners, based in Southern California. The second was Dexter Station, developed by Capstone Partners for Facebook. The first was what was originally called the Music Experience Project, at Seattle Center, which was recently rebranded as MoPOP (aka the Museum of Pop Culture).
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