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November 21, 2016
WSECU wants U District building with a 'lantern'
Seattle Daily Journal of COmmerce
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The Washington State Employees Credit Union will have a design review meeting tonight for a new building it is planning in the University District, catty corner from where it currently leases space.
The site for the new building is at 1121 N.E. 45th St.
WSECU wants the seven-story, 66,750-square-foot structure to make a bold gesture along 45th. It was designed by SkB Architects with a dramatic northeast "lantern" corner that reveals glass curtain-wall within the dark facade. WSECU's logo would be emblazoned on the ruffled edge.
The plan is to put a WSECU branch and additional retail at street level, with 60 parking spaces below grade.
WSECU bought the 11,000-square-foot site, previously home to a restaurant, in 2012 for $3.9 million. The location is one block east of the light rail station that will open in 2021.
Spokeswoman Ann Flannigan said WSECU hopes to break ground in the second quarter of next year and complete the project in mid-2018. The credit union will occupy the first two floors - connected by a north-facing atrium - and offer floors three through seven for lease. Jeff Huntington and Bill Frame of Kidder Mathews are representing the space.
WSECU is leasing about 5,500 square feet across the street at 1100 N.E. 45th St. That branch and offices would move to the new building in 2018, said Flannigan.
WSECU's project team also includes project manager Falkin Associates and general contractor Howard S. Wright.
SkB and representatives for WSECU will present their plans at a design-review board at 8 p.m. tonight at the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Room 202.
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