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Pickard Chilton finalizing designs for new Skanska tower

Pickard Chilton is finalizing the designs for Skanska’s newest office skyscraper, The Eight.

The Connecticut-based architect is preparing a design review for the 800,000 s/f mixed use office tower at 10060 NE 8th Street. Completion is anticipated in 2023.

The 25-story tower will feature 540,000 s/f of commercial office space with open floor plates and 10 ft. ceiling heights, a 7,000 s/f public plaza, 12,000 s/f of ground floor retail, and a 1,200 s/f retail pavilion constructed with heavy timber.

Balconies will be included throughout seven levels as well as a private, 3,000 s/f rooftop deck.  The double-height second floor will feature amenities like a fitness center, event space and a landscaped terrace.

“The Eight is designed to enhance and engage the neighborhood and broader community, with a compelling architectural style that will raise the design aesthetic in Bellevue while staying true to the city’s tradition as well as the Pacific Northwest’s distinctive climate and ethos,” said Anthony Markese FAIA, principal of Pickard Chilton.

The Eight features a healthy HVAC system and touchless controls that are likely to be of high interest given the current pandemic. The building’s lobby and multiple terraces and outdoor spaces may have been designed pre-COVID-19 but will be key in helping the building’s tenants and visitors keep socially distanced. The Eight is also targeting LEED® Gold and Fitwel certifications.

Bellevue, Washington is a bedroom community of Seattle enjoying a surge in development as technology companies flock to the area. The city is developing its own mass transit system that includes a new light rail station and Amazon – which was founded in Bellevue in 1994 – is building a new 43-story tower there which is expected to be completed by 2024 and house 15,000 employees.

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