Vulcan Completes Second Phase of Amazon’s South Lake Union HQ

Located on the east side of Boren Avenue North between Mercer and Republican streets, the building encompasses 158,000 square feet of office and 14,000 square feet of street-level retail space.

July 16, 2010
By Allison Landa, News Editor

Vulcan Real Estate has wrapped up construction of the second phase of Amazon.com’s headquarters in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Located on the east side of Boren Avenue North between Mercer and Republican streets, the building encompasses 158,000 square feet of office and 14,000 square feet of street-level retail space.

Vulcan is going for LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. All of the remaining buildings in the development will also be LEED certified. Amazon’s headquarters include a total of five phases of development, of which phases three and four are currently under construction and the final phase is expected to break ground next spring. It will ultimately include 11 buildings totaling 1.9 million square feet of office space.

While Vulcan vice president of real estate Ada Healey declined to provide the exact number of employees that will be housed in the new building, she said that once completed the headquarters will house thousands of Amazon employees.

She also told CPE that the South Lake Union neighborhood is a perfect match for Amazon’s needs.

“It is a prime location between the downtown core and lakefront where accessible public transit, walking and biking are promoted, a diversity of housing choices are available for a range of income levels, cutting-edge employers contribute creative energy and intellectual capital to the area; lively retail amenities and services are in close proximity, and green streetscapes and public parks enhance the sustainable footprint,” she said.

South Lake Union is also home to companies such as Microsoft, Group Health and Cole and Weber, along with major life sciences research and global health institutions such as UW Medicine and Seattle Biomed.