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145,000 SQFT The Jack to Break Ground in Seattle’s Pioneer Square

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SEATTLE, WA, February 6, 2020—On February 13, 2020, The Jack, a new 145,000-square-foot modern heritage office building, will break ground in historic Pioneer Square. Developed by Urban Visions and designed by Olson Kundig, The Jack will include street-level retail with seven floors of creative office space and a rooftop deck and amenity space. JTM Construction is General Contractor for the project, which is targeting LEED® Gold certification. Newmark Knight Frank is managing leasing throughout the new building at 74 S Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98104.

Greg Smith, Founder & CEO of Urban Visions, notes, “Now that the Viaduct has been removed, the rich fabric of historic waterfront buildings along Pioneer Square’s western edge can once again be truly appreciated. We choose Olson Kundig because it was important to us to work with a world class architect ‘from’ the neighborhood and who understood the significance of The Jack’s ‘front row’ waterfront location in Pioneer Square and the City’s new waterfront plan.”

Situated adjacent to Seattle’s waterfront, which is undergoing a dramatic revitalization with planned world-class public spaces and promenades, The Jack takes a subtle tack, with articulation and modulation expressed through texture and detail. Referencing Pioneer Square’s rich architectural character, The Jack’s brick façades were inspired by the colors and textures of the historic buildings that define the neighborhood.

“The Jack is located in our neighborhood of Pioneer Square, only one block away from our current office, in a neighborhood where our firm has had offices for fifty years,” Design Principal Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, adds. “It is the origin of Seattle as a city. Because of this neighborhood’s history and the rich fabric of its built environment, we wanted The Jack to be careful and ‘quiet’ to its surroundings.”

Project Credits

Olson Kundig Design Team: Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, Design Principal; Jerry Garcia, LEED® AP, Principal; Thomas Brown, LEED® AP, Project Manager; Hayden Robinson, Project Architect; Mikel Amias, Todd Walbourn, AIA, Maximillian Foley, Eric Druse and Brandon Crain, AIA, NCARB, LEED® GA, Architectural Staff; Vikram Sami, AIA, BEMP, LEED® AP, Director of Building Performance; Michelle Arab, ASLA, Landscape Architecture; ChiaLin Ma and Kelley Pagano, Landscape Architecture Staff


Developer: Urban Visions
Leasing Manager: Newmark Knight Frank
Consultant Team: JTM Construction, General Contractor; Navix, Civil Engineer; Coughlin Porter Lundeen, Structural Engineer; Holaday- Parks, Mechanical and Plumbing Engineer; Prime Electric & Stantec, Electrical Engineer; Luma Lighting Design, Lighting Design; Morrison Hershfield, Building Envelope

About Olson Kundig
Now in its sixth decade of practice, Olson Kundig is a collaborative global design practice whose work includes cultural and museum projects, exhibition design, commercial and mixed-use design, private and multi-family residential, hospitality projects, places of worship, interior design, product design and landscape design for clients around the world. The firm is led by five owners – Jim Olson, Tom Kundig, Kirsten R. Murray, Alan Maskin and Kevin M. Kudo-King – who are supported by a staff of over 190 in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood.

About Urban Visions
Urban Visions is intensely focused on urban areas as the engines for growth and change and is committed to creating a vital, vibrant, and compelling future for Seattle. The principles underlying this vision are sustainable development, smart growth, increased density, and transformational place-making. With a philosophy of “Build Up, Not Out”, they believe that what’s good for the environment is also good for business. They are a pro-density firm committed to implementing smart, high- performance practices into all of their buildings, and they assemble world class project teams to accomplish this objective. Their buildings are designed with the health and wellness of the occupants in mind.

About Newmark Knight Frank
Newmark Knight Frank (“NKF”), operated by Newmark Group, Inc. (“Newmark Group”) (NASDAQ: NMRK), is one of the world’s leading and most trusted commercial real estate advisory firms, offering a complete suite of services and products for both owners and occupiers. Together with London-based partner Knight Frank and independently-owned offices, NKF’s 16,000 professionals operate from approximately 430 offices on six continents. NKF’s investor/ owner services and products include investment sales, agency leasing, property management, valuation and advisory, diligence, underwriting, government-sponsored enterprise lending, loan servicing, debt and structured finance and loan sales. Occupier services and products include tenant representation, real estate management technology systems, workplace and occupancy strategy, global corporate services consulting, project management, lease administration and facilities management. Newmark Group is a publicly traded subsidiary of BGC Partners, Inc. (“BGC”) (NASDAQ: BGCP), a leading global brokerage company servicing the financial and real estate markets.

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