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EXCITING NEWS!

On October 1, 2017, MG2 acquired Fuller/Sears Architects.

We are now operating out of MG2's Seattle office and look forward to serving you from there.

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West Seattle Whitaker Apartments / Whole Foods Receives City Council Approval

The Seattle City Council finally approved the alley vacation needed for the West Seattle development. As most of you know the project had been delayed by City politics when Mayor McGinn opposed the project last fall. Finally the Fuller Sears design can move forward and be realized! Congratulations to Weingarten and Lennar, the developers for the project! The project includes 398 apartments in two buildings, amenities including lounge, theater, exercise facility and roof terraces, a 48,000 SF Whole Foods and 22,000 SF of additional retail and 600 parking stalls.

Links with more information on the approval: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2023429310_westseattlealleyxml.html
http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2014/04/city-council-says-yes-to-west-seattle-whole-foods.html?page=all

Issaquah Highlands Grand Ridge Plaza is Fully Leased

The Grand Ridge Plaza project in Issaquah Highlands is fully leased. With more than 35 shops and services, as well as 14 restaurants and cafés, including Safeway, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Marshall’s / Home Goods, BevMo, Ulta, Big Fish and Ram restaurants and Starbucks. Grand Ridge Plaza at Issaquah Highlands has become a popular shopping and entertainment destination. Our hats are off to Regency Centers and Real Retail for a successful project!

Developed by Regency Centers - Craig Ramey, Senior Vice President, and leased by Real Retail- Maria Royer.
Architect- Fuller Sears Architects, Landscape Architect- Hewitt Architects, MEP - GLUMAC.

Links with more information on project success, development and leasing:

http://www.regencycenters.com/retail-space/wa/issaquah/grand-ridge-plaza#.U4duEC_SBS0
http://www.real-retail.net/portfolio.html?s=projects#Grand%20Ridge%20Plaza%20|%20Issaquah%20Highlands

ROOSEVELT APARTMENTS RECEIVES DESIGN REVIEW BOARD APPROVAL


The 4737 Roosevelt Way NE Apartments received DRB approval from the North East Design Review Board June 2, 2014. Project provides 66 studio & open 1-bedroom units ranging in size from 475 SF- 550 SF, 1,500SF retail & garage parking stalls. The modernist design features vertically modulated bays which afford generous floor to ceiling corner windows; and roof top terrace and plantings.

Congratulations to Daly Associates! Architect- Fuller Sears Architects, Landscape Architect- Karen Kiest Landscape Architects

6800 Roosevelt RECEIVES DESIGN REVIEW BOARD APPROVAL:

The 6800 Roosevelt Way Apartments received approval recently from the Northeast Design Review Board. The project consists of 79 residential units, with a variety of unit types including four two-story town homes with entrance stoops on Roosevelt Way NE. Retail space is located on both corners of the building providing an important pedestrian connection between the established retail areas to the north and south. Two levels of below grade parking provide 64 stalls. A stepped roof design provides two levels of rooftop garden terraces, including a skylit exterior lounge with fireplace. The traditional character of the exterior design adopts design clues from the nearby Roosevelt high school as well as the local brick retail buildings.

CONGRATULATIONS TO EMERALD BAY EQUITY.

Successful Grocery-Based Mixed-Use

Only a few years ago it was uncommon to see a grocery store in the base of a Seattle multi-family project. Now with increased land costs and the demand for new multi-family units, most of the major grocery chains have been forced to co-mingle with apartments. There has been a local learning curve in this type of development, which has produced some unfortunate mistakes. Either residential apartment buildings that neglected to be sensitive to the grocer’s needs or grocery stores, which provided residential that failed to create their own identity. Or even permitted projects that were never built because the grocery tenant realized late in the schedule they couldn’t function with-in the constraints of the design. In the last few years there were many “holes” around town, which were the result of these "mis-designs".

The key to successful grocery retail based mixed-use projects is the careful relationship of all uses, which not only respects their various functional needs and exterior presence, but creates a design synergy that improves the success of all uses. The old adage “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts” couldn’t be more important in this type of mixed-use building.

Fuller Sears has worked with most of the local grocery chains, and understands their various program requirements, both stated and unstated. We are familiar with each of their grocery niches and merchandising layouts as well as their design decision processes. Like any project type, this level of user familiarity is important to their business success. A knowledgeable and thoughtful anticipation of the retailer's needs, balancing the residential needs, and the communities and jurisdiction's urban design goals.

Of course multifamily residential design experience is as important to the success of mixed use projects. The residential identity and street presence; leasing experience and resident amenities; unit layout, mix & features; and rentable efficiency, etc; are all critical factors in the success of the residential component.

Fuller Sears currently has 1250 residential units and 570,000 SF of retail in various design & planning stages. The careful accommodation of both the residential and retail needs by an experienced designer in both project types results in a well performing Mixed-Use project

Not an Ordinary Apartment Project

The 6800 Roosevelt Way Apartments received Design Review Board approval.

The Northeast Board praised the project for its pedestrian emphasis and it sensitivity to the residential neighborhood. The project consists of 79 residential units, with a variety of unit types, including four two-story town homes with entrance stoops on Roosevelt Way NE. Retail space is located on both corners of the building providing an important pedestrian connection between the established retail areas to the north and south. Two levels of below grade parking provide 64 stalls.

A stepped roof design provides two levels of rooftop garden terraces, including a skylit exterior lounge with fireplace. The traditional character of the exterior design adopts design clues from the nearby Roosevelt high school as well as the local brick retail buildings.

CONGRATULATIONS TO EMERALD BAY EQUITY.



CRITICAL QUESTION FOR A LARGE BOX MULTI-STORY RETAIL PROJECT

Critical Questions for a Large Box Multi-Story Retail Project- without the right answers a project will fail, or at least never leave the planning stages:

• Does the shopper find it easy to access the garage and navigate with an easily discernible route? Remember this ease of access is in direct competition with other projects with surface parking.

• Does the pedestrian experience between retail levels and/or parking, draw the visitor from car to store entrance in an interesting and efficient way? Great opportunity to provide common spaces which are intriguing and want to be discovered.

• Does the exterior design reflect the urban design goals of it’s site, provide the retailers’ needed presence and image, and also a compelling design which provides a unique Sense of Place? The current, more sophisticated shopper appreciates design which is appropriate to their locale and dismisses the “Anywhere USA” design prototype.

• Does the loading, garbage and service areas operate behind the scenes with little or no impact on the retail experience? This is easy to achieve in standard one-story retail, yet harder to provide without careful planning, in multi-story retail in urban environments.

• Last, but not least, is adequate signage provided from critical approaches, to ensure all retailers the visibility they require? This is easier said than done in a multistory retail building, within an urban context, with several exposures and the likely jurisdictional signage restrictions. Exterior building composition must anticipate the various signage needs of the tenants to achieve their requirements, while still providing a cohesive design.

Bellevue Central Retail- One Recent Example: 

Located along the 116th Ave. NE corridor just north of the NE 4th Street extension, this two-story retail project reflects the new density which is coming to the Bellevue's- Wilburton area. This imaginative design provides a careful balance of the retailers' design requirements and the City’s design standards. The building’s presentation from I405 and Downtown Bellevue was thoughtfully considered, as well as the pedestrian experience along both of these street corridors. The result is an exceptional design which is expected to be a very successful location for these retailers. The project is developed by KG Investment Management, and is currently under construction and expected to be complete third-quarter 2016.

For other Fuller Sears Projects - http://www.fullersears.com/

Steven Johnson, AIA, Design Partner, Fuller Sears Architects

New Seattle Apartment Projects Under Construction by Fuller Sears Architects

THE WHITTAKER APARTMENTS:

in the Fauntleroy neighborhood, for Lennar Multifamily-389 units consisting of two buildings with various retail including Whole Foods Grocery, with full unit mix. Expected completion by Chinn Construction first-quarter 2017.

MEDORA APARTMENTS/6800 ROOSEVELT:

in the Roosevelt neighborhood, for Emerald Bay Equity- 79 units with a typical unit mix ranging from townhouse units to urban one-bedrooms & studios. Expected completion by Pavilion Construction fourth- quarter 2016.

PREXY/U DISTRICT:

4737 Roosevelt Way- across from University Volkswagen, for Daly Associates- 66 unit apartment building with mostly urban/open one-bedrooms and studios. Expected completion by Schuchart Construction fourth-quarter 2016.

For more information regarding these projects and others we have on the boards: http://www.fullersears.com/mixed_use.html

The Whittaker Apartments Phase 1/South Building is Occupied!

THE WHITTAKER APARTMENTS:

The grand opening for the South Building was December 2016, while the North Building (phase 2) is estimated to be complete, with the opening of Whole Foods, by the summer of 2018. The North Building, with 260 residential units, is the larger of the two buildings. The total unit count for the project is 389. The project includes a 41,000 SF Whole Foods grocery, 23,000 SF of retail shops, including Mod Pizza, City MD, T-Mobile and BECU. the Project also includes 590 parking stalls on two levels with the lower level secured for residential use. The below grade parking is located under a private cross-connector drive, which provides vehicular access in addition to a pedestrian friendly woonerf for an east-west connection. The woonerf will be completed with phase 2 and includes accent paving, canopies, native plantings and green screen.

It is exciting to see phase 1 finished! We are eagerly awaiting the completion of the North Building with the feature corner at the intersection of SW. Alaska St. and Fauntleroy Way. Congratulations to Weingarten Realty and Lennar Multi-Family Company!

Whittaker grand opening link: http://westseattleblog.com/category/4755-fauntleroy

Fuller Sears project website link: http://www.fullersears.com/fauntleroy_mixed_use.html

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