SEATTLE-The second phase of Amazon.com’s corporate headquartersin Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood has been completed andthe office building is now fully occupied. Developed by VulcanReal Estate, the development arm of Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc.,the second phase of Amazon.com’s headquarters features anewly-constructed building totaling 158,000 square feet of officeand 14,000 square feet of street-level retail space.

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The five-story building is located on the east side of BorenAvenue North between Mercer and Republican streets. Thebuilding design incorporates open space and pedestrian-orientedamenities. “We look forward to welcoming even more Amazon.comemployees to South Lake Union who contribute to the area’s growingsuccess,” says Ada Healey, vice president of real estate at VulcanInc. “South Lake Union continues to be a magnet for new jobs,amenities and residents that helps keep our region economicallycompetitive and vibrant.”

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As an environmentally-friendly development, the new building istargeting LEED Gold certification from the US Green BuildingCouncil as well as a projected Energy Star rating of 98, whichwould place it in the top 2% in energy efficiency nationally amongEnergy Star-reporting office buildings. All of the buildingsin the remaining phases of Amazon.com’s headquarters will alsotarget LEED Gold certification.

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The project team for phases two and three of the headquartersincludes LMN Architects and Sellen Construction. According to aprepared statement, “the design of the entire headquarters isintended to activate the streetscape with lively retail, enhancethe pedestrian experience, improve access to public transitconnections and incorporate inviting open spaces for the public’suse.”

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The Amazon.com headquarters includes a total of five phases ofdevelopment, of which phases three and four are currently underconstruction and the final phase is expected to break ground nextspring. Opened in April 2010, the first phase includes threenew office buildings and the adaptive re-use of the Van VorstBuilding. Amazon.com employees will begin moving-in to 2201Westlake in late July, occupying approximately 180,000 squarefeet.

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Amazon.com’s South Lake Union headquarters will include 11buildings totaling approximately 1.9 million square feet of officespace. Additionally, the historic Terry Avenue Building—which isbeing renovated in conjunction with Amazon.com’s phase fourdevelopment—will be home to new Tom Douglas restaurants which arescheduled to open by mid-2011. All of the buildings are located onthe Seattle Streetcar line, which connects riders to the bus tunneland light rail.

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Vulcan is also working to attract new shops, restaurants andlifestyle services that enhance South Lake Union’s lively retaildistrict. The new Amazon.com headquarters incorporates nearly100,000 square feet of street-level retail amenities, including thehistoric Terry Avenue Building. Now being implemented as part ofthe new headquarters, improvements to Terry Avenue include widened31-foot sidewalks, benches, enhanced landscaping and trees, andbike racks. The pedestrian-friendly elements will contribute to alively retail corridor that serves a mix of uses for pedestrians,bicyclists, cars and transit.

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According to a prepared statement from Amazon.com in December2007, when it first revealed plans to move to the South Lake Unionneighborhood, Tim Halladay, vice president of real estate andfinance operations at Amazon.com, said that the move would enablethe company to serve its customers better “by enhancing employeecollaboration and productivity.”

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An important factor in the company’s decision to move to thearea was “proximity to public transportation.”

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A Vulcan source tells GlobeSt.com that the project is expectedto be fully complete by 2013. The source also points out thatconstruction on the headquarters began in winter 2008 andconstruction on the Phase II building began in fall 2008. Thesource says they cannot disclose construction costs or rental ratesat this time. However, in a federal filing in December 2007, Amazonsaid that it will pay as much as $1.5 billion over 16 years tooccupy the full 1.9 million square feet, and that is also hasoptions for additional space, as GlobeSt.com previously reported.

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Natalie Dolce, editor-in-chief of GlobeSt.com and GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum, is responsible for working with editorial staff, freelancers and senior management to help plan the overarching vision that encompasses GlobeSt.com, including short-term and long-term goals for the website, how content integrates through the company’s other product lines and the overall quality of content. Previously she served as national executive editor and editor of the West Coast region for GlobeSt.com and Real Estate Forum, and was responsible for coverage of news and information pertaining to that vital real estate region. Prior to moving out to the Southern California office, she was Northeast bureau chief, covering New York City for GlobeSt.com. Her background includes a stint at InStyle Magazine, and as managing editor with New York Press, an alternative weekly New York City paper. In her career, she has also covered a variety of beats for M magazine, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel, FashionLedge.com, and Co-Ed magazine. Dolce has also freelanced for a number of publications, including MSNBC.com and Museums New York magazine.