Ground Broken on New 300,000 Square Foot Des Moines Creek Business Park

Thursday, June 9th 2016

SEATTLE, WA – On Tuesday (June 7), the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and local leaders, officially broke ground on the new, 300,000 square foot Des Moines Creek Business Park.

This location will serve as the new home for the Northwest Mountain Regional FAA Office.

The new project will be at the corner of S. 216th Street and 24th Ave S, and will allow the FAA to consolidate its 1,425 Seattle-based workforce into a single leased facility being built in accordance with the latest government guidelines for reduced office sizes.

“GSA is proud to support the FAA with their new regional headquarters facility in Des Moines, Washington,” said Norm Dong, GSA Public Buildings Service Commissioner. “Through this new lease, FAA will be consolidating from multiple locations into a single, state of the art facility, and will be able to focus more resources on its core mission.”

GSA signed a new 20-year lease agreement with Panattoni Development Company, Inc. (PDC) in partnership with MetLife, Inc. The FAA will occupy the five-story Class A office space in the spring of 2018. The facility will provide workspace for about 1,600 people to better deliver their mission to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world.

“We are excited about moving our FAA workforce under one roof, into this new state-of-the-art building,” said KC Yanamura, FAA Northwest Mountain Regional Administrator. “This new workspace will change the way we work, as we deliver on our mission of providing the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world.”

CollinsWoerman Seattle Architects is designing the building and Abbott Construction will build it. This is the second of three phases for The Des Moines Creek Business Park, an 87-acre property that will include up to two-million square feet of flexible-use, manufacturing, office, distribution and industrial business park buildings. The FAA project is expected to complete all of phase two of the business park.

“This project is a great public/private partnership revitalizing unused land with great cooperation among the Port of Seattle, City of Des Moines and the GSA,” said Bart Brynestad, partner at Panattoni’s local Seattle office. “We couldn’t have asked for a better kick-off to leasing this site than with the FAA as our first tenant at the Des Moines Creek Business Park.”

The building is targeted for achieving Gold LEED 2009 Core and Shell and Commercial Interiors. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certified buildings are resource efficient. They use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As an added bonus, they save money. It will be constructed using environmentally responsible construction and material selection practices and it will feature water efficient fixtures and landscaping, as well as highly efficient LED lighting.

“The partnership between the Port of Seattle, Panattoni and the City of Des Moines provides a great example of how effective public/private partnerships can be,” said Matt Pina, City of Des Moines Mayor. The result is increased economic activity and significant job creation joined with City infrastructure improvements enhancing our roadway system and access to SeaTac Airport. We are pleased to welcome GSA/FAA to the City of Des Moines.”

“The Port of Seattle congratulates the FAA on their new headquarters just minutes from Sea-Tac International Airport.” said Commissioner Courtney Gregoire. “This business park will support over 3,500 jobs when fully built out. These family wage jobs are great news for the City of Des Moines and for our entire region.”

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