Office + Showroom Space Planned for Project’s Fully Renovated Historic Bleitz Building as Project Leasing by Seattle-Based Newmark Company Begins
Seattle, Wash., February 9, 2022 – Pastakia + Associates, a Seattle-based development firm specializing in mixed-use urban infill, along with partner HAL Real Estate, today announced that The North Face, the world’s leading outdoor brand, has signed a lease at its newly-constructed Fremont Crossing Building project in Seattle.
Located at 316 S. Florentia St. along the Lake Washington Ship Canal, the West Coast-based company will occupy 6,414 sq. ft. of office and showroom space designed for retail buyers of the company’s popular outdoor clothing, footwear and equipment.
“The North Face is exactly the type of company we envisioned for our ground-level Bleitz Building space at Fremont Crossing,” said Pastakia + Associates Founder and Principal, Tejal Pastakia. “They are a great fit for the building and a wonderful addition to the Fremont neighborhood.”
Fremont Crossing: Newly Designed Structure with Iconic, Fully-Renovated Bleitz Building
Featuring a two-building, open-air, micro-hub campus with more than 60,000 sq. ft. of new indoor and outdoor commercial office space, Fremont Crossing includes a new 51,000 sq. ft. newly-constructed four-story space connected to the beautifully-restored, 9,000 sq. ft., three-story landmark Bleitz Historical building, originally built in 1921, where The North Face will lease its office and showroom space.
Slated to move-in to the Bleitz building in April 2022, the space for The North Face leased by Seattle agency Newmark will feature a newly-designed storefront—added to accommodate privacy for the showroom—along with a custom roll-up door in the lower level space offering street access off of Florentia St. that extends into the project’s courtyard.
With a focus toward maintaining the health and wellness of visitors to the new location, the Bleitz Building has been upgraded with operable windows as part of its refurbished design, which are unique to historic Class A office space and also contribute to the open-air feeling of the mini campus. HVAC protocols also include fresh air flushing every 1.25 hours.
Fremont Crossing: Designed for a Post-COVID-19 World
At Fremont Crossing, the two buildings are uniquely positioned to proactively meet Seattle’s evolving office market. Within the buildings, airflow and circulation available between the multiple, small-amenity spaces on the ground floor create ample flow without promoting large gatherings. An expansive outdoor rooftop terrace and courtyard totaling more than 12,000 SF allows employees to be at the office in open space overlooking the Ship Canal and Fremont Bridge.
With its outdoor walkways creating an open-area atmosphere, Fremont Crossing is ideally-located on the south side of the Fremont Bridge across from downtown Fremont, and perfectly-designed to embrace the office environment of the future.
Key features that promote social distancing, allow for custom-space planning and support a safe return to the office include:
- A mid-rise configuration with two internal stairs allowing for ground to roof walk-up access which could be programed as one-way system up and/or down;
- Small, highly flexible open floorplates allowing for transformable, fluid spaces that promote social distancing;
- Multiple, small-amenity spaces and outdoor areas allowing flow without promoting large gatherings including an expansive rooftop terrace, two courtyard areas between the two buildings and an open meeting area to the east of the Bleitz Building totaling more than 12,000 sq. ft;
- Fresh air operable windows in the Bleitz Building;
- HVAC protocols including fresh air flushing every 1.25 hours;
- Private individual bathrooms;
- 3 and 4-story buildings allowing for easy access without needing to use an elevator; and
- Immediate access to the Burke Gilman Trail and Protected Westlake Bike & Pedestrian Trail for those who commute to work by bicycle or foot.
Additional amenities include views of the Fremont Bridge and Lake Union; bicycle storage for commuters; abundant parking; and first-class showers and locker rooms.
For more information regarding additional leasing opportunities at Fremont Crossing, please contact Cavan O’Keefe, Senior Managing Director, Newmark, 206.395.2903. Cavan works on the project with Tim O’Keefe, Jesse Ottele & Tracy Turnure.
“We are excited to welcome The North Face into the project, and could not think of a better kick-off tenant for the campus,” said Newmark Senior Managing Director Cavan O’Keefe. “With activity picking up in Fremont and South Lake Union and companies realizing they want dynamic workplaces that encourage employees to come into the office and enjoy the environment, we feel no other building can offer the uniqueness and location of Fremont Crossing.”