“A tale of two developers” in Bellevue

Nov 01, 2006

Gerding Edlen’s first Seattle-area project is set to receive LEED Gold, adding to the city’s portfolio of green developments

Bellevue Towers

Sustainable Industries Journal’s Becky Brun examines new, sustainable developments burgeoning in the Seattle/Bellevue marketplace. Gerding Edlen is recognized for their continuing commitment to sustainable design while demonstrating that green buildings can be done affordably and without compromising the quality or character of the building and design.

“One of 10 new developments in Bellevue’s budding town center, Bellevue Towers is a 43-story, 1-million-square- foot mixed-use building expected to receive Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It’s the first Seattle project for Gerding Edlen, a green building giant internationally known for urban redevelopment efforts in Portland’s Brewery Blocks and South Waterfront District. When completed in August 2009, it could also become the largest LEED certified residential project in Washington state.”

With the string of new development, Gerding Edlen is looking to be as innovative as possible, building a tower that may impact how people think about their cars. “‘I know that sounds overly simplistic, but it’s a trend that we’ve been following and we believe in it,’” says Scott Eaton, Bellevue Tower’s project manager. “‘Any place where you are bringing residents back or adding residents to a downtown location, it will have an impact on the quality of life of those people and on the environment.’”

“‘We pride ourselves on projects that might lead to other projects,’ he says. ‘Bellevue is this place where all kinds of dynamics intersect. There are a huge number of jobs there and key stakeholders want greater density. From an urban developer standpoint, the only piece missing is the residential and entertainment-oriented retail.’ Recipient of numerous awards, ranging from environmental design and construction to energy-efficiency, Gerding Edlen is well-known in Portland and beyond for its environmental approach to urban redevelopment.”

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