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August 4, 2021

Onelin pays $33M for University Mazda property, with two high rises planned

Last month Onelin Capital got $49 million for the sale of a development site in the Denny Triangle. Now it’s paid $33 million for the University District development site for what it calls OneX, at 4522 Roosevelt Way N.E. King County recorded the…

July 15, 2021

113 SLU condos reach the market

Plus Capital Partners recently received a temporary certificate of occupancy for what’s now called the Shoresmith Condominium, at 1170 Republican St. in South Lake Union. Polaris Pacific is now marketing the 113 individual units and 69 parking stalls on two underground levels. The eight-story project broke ground in the summer of 2019. MZA Architecture designed the…

July 2, 2021

Cloudvue project clears SEPA hurdle in Bellevue

One of the biggest but slowest development plans in downtown Bellevue is currently proceeding under the moniker of Cloudvue. The 4.6-acre property is most identified with the old First Congregational Church, at 10855 N.E. Eighth St. Most of the…

June 28, 2021

Onelin Capital to show plan for 2 U District high rises

OneLin Capital has two big apartment projects planned in the University District, both on sites near U District Station, where light rail service begins in October. Neither property has…

May 19, 2021

Chainqui’s 42-story Belltown tower back to design review

Chainqui Development is now into its sixth year of planning a high rise at 2005 Fifth Ave., on the corner of Virginia Street in Belltown. It owns the site, but the mixed-use project…

February 19, 2021

It’s a tight squeeze in Belltown for this planned high-rise

A planned mixed-use tower in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood is hemmed in on three sides. The project by Chainqui Development of Taiwan is along a Fifth Avenue site lined by two landmarked buildings facing the monorail. To the west….

December 9, 2020

MZA put a taper on high-rise tower above landmarked Belltown buildings

Five years ago, Chainqui Development paid about $33.7 million for a corner site at 2005 Fifth Ave., at Virginia Street in Belltown. Plans for knocking down two old buildings and redeveloping were complicated by the 2017 landmarking of the Griffin Building and…

December 9, 2020

76 Fremont units head to design review

The corner at 106 N.W. 36th St. in Fremont, appears bound for redevelopment. North America Asset Management Group is the developer of record; it will either buy the property or partner with the current owner…

December 7, 2020

138 Bellevue condos could break ground next spring

The second planned phase of a Bellevue condominium project, now dubbed Altaire, is showing some signs of progress at 10232 N.E. 10th St., a block north of Bellevue Square. The present corner retail plaza, now home to Papa John’s Pizza and…

November 27, 2020

18 West Seattle condos to replace stone-encrusted Alki cottage

The non-landmarked but locally beloved Alki icon “Rock House” (aka “Stone House”), at 1123 Harbor Ave. S.W., is slated to be relocated. West Seattle Blog recently reported that volunteers from the Alki Beach Rock House Association were cleaning and…

July 8, 2020

MZA Grows Their Office of the Future; Hires Sharon Rhea to Expand Interiors Work

Our communities are quickly undergoing a dramatic shift in how the office is designed for better relationships between socialization, innovation, and collaboration. The future office will be an irresistible place in support of productivity….

May 13, 2020

65 Units Proposed for Alki Waterfront Site

Between 2014 and 2017, using LLCs, Eastside investor Jia Niu paid about $8.1 million to assemble a row of old houses on the north tip of West Seattle. Now there’s a redevelopment proposal for 1116 Alki Ave S.W., which spans six parcels between the…

April 17, 2020

Automated doors and hands-free sinks: the little changes we’ll see after COVID-19

Landscape architect Karen Kiest said she expects the 6-feet-away mandate of the COVID-19 pandemic will impact Americans even when it’s gone. “We’re never going to forget social distancing,” said Kiest, who owns Seattle-based Karen Kiest Landscape Architects “I think it’s going to imprint…

April 3, 2020

Architecture Firms Marshal Resources to Supply Health Workers with Face Sheilds

Architecture firms Weber Thompson of Seattle and MZA of Bellevue are helping supply face shields and goggles to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic locally. Over a two-week period, Weber Thompson plans to print 100 bands — the rigid plastic piece to which the clear face shield attaches to protect…

April 3, 2020

CONSTRUCTION: Pioneer Square Building Needs Fix

SEATTLE – Part of the parapet sloughed off last month at the Prefontaine Building, at 110 Prefontaine Place S. in Pioneer Square. There were no reported injuries from the crumbling masonry on the century-old building’s north side, facing Yesler Way. However, a corner bus stop there…

March 26, 2020

‘It isn’t our normal way of working’ Coronavirus outbreak tests limits of remote work in Seattle area

For the past five years, Craig Davenport has left his home in Mukilteo by 5:30 a.m. weekdays to beat Interstate 405 traffic on his way to his architecture firm in Bellevue. These days Davenport sleeps a little later and makes a shorter commute — to his dining room …

March 23, 2020

Our Commitment to Partners, Clients, and Employees during COVID-19

At MZA, the health and wellness of our employees, our clients, partners, and the communities we serve are our primary concerns. As we face the challenges of responding and preparing appropriately for the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have taken steps to safeguard our….

March 17, 2020

Condos Planned for $12m site on Kirkland Waterfront

A long-vacant waterfront development site at 6211 Lake Washington Blvd. N.E. in Kirkland has sold for a little over $11.8 million, according to King County records. The buyer was BDR Kirkland 15 LLC, associated with homebuilder …

February 21, 2020

Opinion: Bellevue’s new code has heightened design

When Bellevue updated its land-use code about two years ago, the goals were to improve livability and the pedestrian environment while creating a more distinctive skyline. The changes were subtle but meaningful for developers who now can build higher in exchange for pedestrian….

December 31, 2019

GEO museum takes Gold in the 2019 WAN Awards

Situated in the Nanjing Fangshan Mountains, this new national park is known as “The Cradle of Chinese Geology”. Until recently, the site has been used for processing concrete, and due to significant amounts of quarrying, much of the precious geology has been damaged. The new…

November 19, 2019

Hotel Indigo Opens at Port of Everett

The new Hotel Indigo, at 1028 13th St. on the Everett waterfront, will mark its official opening with a private party on Dec. 4. The 142-room hotel, located in the Port of Everett’s Waterfront Place development…

May 13, 2019

MZA Hires Mia Marshall to Boost US Work

Bellevue-based MZA Architecture hired Mia Marshall as a principal leading business development, with the aim of growing its domestic work, said Kevin Sutton, the firm’s operations director. “The perception in the industry is we do a lot of …

May 10, 2019

MZA Hires Veteran Seattle Designer Mia Marshall

Even though they’ve worked in the Puget Sound region for two decades, Ming Zhang, president and CEO of MZA Architecture, and designer Mia Marshall hadn’t met until recently. Now she is on the leadership team of …