Seattle – Skanska, a leading global development and construction firm, today unveiled updated design renderings for its newest project, “The Eight,” located at the intersection of NE 8th St and 108th Ave NE in Bellevue. The 25-floor Class A+ office tower encompasses 540,000 square feet and is designed with massive structural braces to accommodate a side core construction that allows for large, flexible floor plates great for all types of tenants and densities, and with incredible daylighting. The Eight also prominently features seven alternating indoor/outdoor exterior balconies. With 7,000 square feet of open public space, 12,000 square feet of ground floor retail space and an additional 1,200 square-foot retail pavilion, The Eight’s design exudes comfort and confidence, combined with sophistication and style.
“Our team has spent a considerable amount of time listening to what is desired most from our stakeholders, and we are really excited about how the design is dynamically evolving to serve our tenants, the community and the City of Bellevue,” said Murphy McCullough, executive vice president and regional manager of Skanska USA Commercial Development in Seattle. “The Eight is designed to encourage a richer, inclusive experience for companies, the public, and for the Eastside community at large.”
The Eight represents Skanska’s sixth development project in the Puget Sound region and its second project in Bellevue since it began development operations in 2011. Skanska purchased the land for The Eight in July 2018 and currently is finalizing design for final administrative design review and approval from the City of Bellevue.
The Eight’s ground floor level features a beautiful, spacious 6,000 square-foot, open “living room” space where the public will meld seamlessly with employees of the inspiring companies that will call it home. Featuring native and lush landscaping in the plaza, and an extensive use of wood and a warm building palette The Eight is sure to be a neighborhood destination for gathering, dining and for a modern, connected workforce. A healthy HVAC system, touchless building controls, and ample storefront operability all will be featured to promote health and wellness within the building.
Tenant amenities at The Eight include a dedicated floor for tenant event spaces, a Health & Wellness Center that opens onto an outdoor patio, and an expansive outdoor deck that offers tenants a place to retreat. Amenities also include bicycle commuter facilities, electric car and bike charging and more.
Located in Bellevue’s dynamic downtown core, The Eight is ideally located near major Bellevue employers, including Microsoft’s Bellevue Campus, Amazon, Salesforce, Paccar, Symetra and Concur. The location is incredibly connected, a short walk from the new light rail station opening in 2023, as well as Bellevue transit center, and with direct freeway access to I-405. The site is walking distance from The Bellevue Collection, downtown hotels, as well as local restaurants and entertainment venues.
Other Skanska developments in the Seattle area include:
· 2+U, a 701,000 square-foot retail, office, and arts-and-culture project opening soon in the heart of downtown Seattle and with 100 percent of the office tower leased prior to grand opening
· Stone34, the global headquarters for Brooks Sports, which was the first project to meet the City of Seattle’s requirements for the city’s Deep Green Pilot Program, making it one of the greenest buildings in the region
· 400 Fairview, headquarters offices for Tommy Bahama, Impinj and Car Toys/Wireless Advocates, and a Market Hall with mix of local retailers as well as a rooftop restaurant with unparalleled views
· Alley 111, a 260-unit multi-family project with 6,000 square feet of retail in the community of Bellevue
This Eight’s project team includes:
· Skanska USA Building – Contractor
· Pickard Chilton Architects – Design Architect
· Adamson Associates Inc – Architect of Record
· Graham Baba Architects – Ground floor Architect
· Hargreaves – Landscape Architect
· Magnussen Klemencic Associates – Structural Engineer
· CBRE – Office Brokers
· Newmark Knight Frank – Retail Broker
With more than 70 years of history in the Puget Sound region, Skanska combines generations of local knowledge with the vast tools of a global development and construction firm to build what matters for local communities. Skanska’s portfolio ranges from investing its own capital and developing award-winning sustainable real estate, like Brooks Sports’ headquarters at Stone34, to building local landmarks, such as Benaroya Hall and the Museum of Glass, major infrastructure projects like the replacement of the southern mile of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and small tenant improvements. Recognized as one of the region’s top corporate philanthropists, Skanska is also committed to creating new opportunities for local small, traditionally disadvantaged businesses.
Skanska is one of the world’s leading development and construction companies. In the U.S., Skanska’s core operations include building construction, civil infrastructure and developing self-financed commercial properties, which together generated $7.6 billion in revenue in 2019. As a developer in the U.S., Skanska has invested a total of $2.7 billion in commercial and multi-family projects. With U.S. headquarters in New York City, Skanska has offices in 28 metro areas with 7,900 employees nationwide. Skanska is an industry-leading innovator in both safety and project execution, and offers competitive solutions for both traditional and complex assignments to help build a more sustainable future for our customers and communities. Global revenue of parent company Skanska AB, headquartered in Stockholm and listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, totaled approximately $18.7 billion in 2019.