Friday, November 20, 2009

Nissan Leaf Kick-Off in LA

Nissan recently fired up a 22 city tour to showcase the Nissan Leaf, a new EV set to hit markets around the country next year. Why is this relevant for Seattle?
Seattle was selected as one of the first markets to recieve this vehicle; funding from the Obama administration will help install charging infrastructure throughout the city to help support the EVs growth.
Watch the video below for highlights from the 1st kick off event in Los Angeles.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Link Light Rail & SR519 Updates

Two updates on important transportation infrastructure projects and improvements in our region:

1) SR 519

Construction continues on this project near the Stadiums. The intent, as described by WSDOT:

"improving connections for traffic heading to the Port of Seattle terminals, Colman Dock ferry terminal, central waterfront area and sports stadiums and destinations in Seattle's SODO neighborhood. SR 519 improvements will separate car, freight, pedestrian and rail traffic to help improve mobility, pedestrian safety and reduce the risk of collisions. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by June 2010, in time for the start of construction to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct between S Holgate and S King streets."

Project completion is slated for June 2010. For more information please click here.

2) Link Light Rail Line - Seattle to SeaTac

On December 19th, riders of the Link Light Rail will be able to commute from downtown Seattle all the way to SeaTac Airport. Sound Transit set the 2009 opening date so that service would be up and running before traffic for the 2010 Olympics hit Seattle - an estimated 250,000 people are expected to visit Vancouver during the event, and many will fly into our region before commuting North.
Sound Transit estimates 3,000 riders will board the SeaTac Airport Station each day by 2020, reducing congestion along I5 and other major transportation corridors.
The other benefit is of course that those who need to catch a flight may now board the train downtown during rush hour and still make it to the airport station in roughly 36 minutes.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Expedia Tower Ready To Sell For $400 PSF

Expedia Tower, a Class A + building located in the Bellevue CBD at 108th Ave NE and NE 4th Street, is set to sell for $166,000,000 or roughly $400 PSF. Tenants of the 415,000 SF building include Expedia (approximately 80% of the building), Pokemon, Nortel Networks, and Core Bank. The buyer of the 20 story structure is HRPT, a REIT which owns around 66 million square feet of office and industrial property throughout the US. Bellevue Corporate Plaza, for example, is one of HRPT's local assetts.
Expedia Tower is LEED Gold, 97% occupied, and has about 1,000 parking stalls onsite. Construction on this building finished in 2008 and was developed by a partnership which included Houston-based Hines.

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Sea Level Rise Display @ the Olympic Sculpture Park

SAM recently had a simple yet powerful display in place at the Olympic Sculpture Park; the goal was to demonstrate the effects of climate change on sea levels.

The blue line, as shown in the first picture, demonstrates the current high tide line. The red line, shown in picture two, simulates the high tide line if sea levels rise by one meter.

What you can't tell from these photographs is that the red line is 20 horizontal feet inland from the blue line. In other words, if sea levels rise by one meter, we lose a good chunk of the sculpture park to the ocean. Researchers point out that Seattle's slopes are quite steep compared to other parts of the world - in Seattle's Indonesian sister city for example, more gradual topography at sea level means much harsher flooding than what was shown in this example.

Note that many experts predict a one meter rise in sea level could occur as early as 2100.

Source: For more information on the exhibit, please click here.