Washington Mutual/Seattle Art Museum
Pine Street Group L.L.C. (PSG) partnered with the Seneca Real Estate Group to create a significant addition to downtown Seattle in the form of a new headquarters office tower for Washington Mutual (WaMu) and expansion space for the Seattle Art Museum (SAM). The project, at Second Avenue and Union Street, includes a 715-stall underground parking garage, a 300,000-square-foot SAM expansion and a 900,000-square-foot, 42-story office tower (now called Russell Investments Center).
In 2001, WaMu engaged the Pine Street Group to analyze its consolidation options. After analysis of multiple sites, PSG proposed redeveloping an under-utilized site owned by SAM and contiguous to its downtown museum.
The project enabled WaMu, once downtown Seattle's largest private employer, to keep thousands of employees downtown in consolidated facilities, while enabling one of the region's treasured cultural institutions to realize its long-term expansion program. The offices and garage opened in March 2006. The SAM expansion opened in May 2007.
Key to this project was PSG's renegotiation of existing WaMu leases for 750,000 square feet in neighboring buildings. This provided for a gradual exit throughout 2006 to accommodate WaMu Center phased occupancy. This project also required several changes to the City's Land Use Code to allow the City to accomplish its goal of accommodating this unique corporate and public institution partnership.