In November, we got an early look at Skanska's planned office tower at Second Avenue and University Street called 2&U. Now, with a second early design guidance meeting coming up on May 19, we get to see how their vision fits into Downtown Seattle. The plan continues to call for 700,000 square feet of leasable Class A office space and approximately 15,000 sf of street level retail, plus below grade building services and 500 parking spaces. Some of the changes made based on the initial meeting include elevating the tower for through-block pedestrian passages, creating a forest of columns at the street-level and extending building facades and retail spaces closer to the street. The plan remains to try and open the tower by 2019. Pickard Chilton is lead architect on the project, which is being built on land leased from the Samis Foundation.
· Skanska Unveils Plans for 'Forest-Like' Downtown Office Tower [CS]
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