FAA’s Big New Headquarters Lands in Des Moines

Thursday, April 30th 2015

FAA’s big new headquarters lands in Des Moines – Puget Sound Business Journal

The Federal Aviation Administration’s new regional headquarters will be built at Des Moines Creek Business Park, officials said Wednesday.

The FAA is consolidating operations, mostly from Renton, at the new headquarters that Panattoni Development Co. will build just south of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Cities and developers have been angling for several years to land the facility, where 1,600 people will work.

“I am ecstatic,” Des Moines Mayor Dave Kaplan said. “This is a huge day for the city of Des Moines, and we couldn’t be any happier.”

FAA’s big new headquarters lands in Des Moines – Puget Sound Business Journal

“We are ready to jump in and build a beautiful new, state-of-the art facility for the FAA,” said Bart Brynestad, the head of Panattoni’s Seattle-area office. Two Seattle companies, architecture firm CollinsWoerman and Abbott Construction, will design and build the 300,000-square-foot project, and construction will start sometime in 2016, added Brynestad.

He declined to say how much the development will cost, but based on the rent that the federal government will pay over the course of the long-term lease it is estimated that the contract is worth up to $210 million.

Des Moines Creek Business Park is an 87-acre site south of Sea-Tac Airport. The Port of Seattle owns the property, where Panattoni plans to build up to 2 million square feet of manufacturing, distribution and office buildings. Panattoni started construction of the first phase of the project last summer. The FAA facility will go up at the corner of South 216th Street and 24th Avenue South.

Three other sites were reportedly finalists for the FAA building. One is in the city of SeaTac near Tyee Golf Course, another was in Kent where the Riverbend par-3 golf course is located, and the third is the existing FAA building at 1601 Lind Ave. S.W. in Renton.