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Philosophy | Innovation

Much of today's legal marketplace offers a commodity practice of one sort or another -- lawyers making legal widgets for their clients just the way they were taught 30 years ago.  But innovation can reveal the undiscovered routes to our clients' goals, and we are always looking to innovate in our effort to create client value:

  • Downtown Land Use CodeSeattle
    We led the ten-year effort on behalf of property owners and developers to increase heights and density throughout Seattle's Downtown core, which culminated in the City’s adoption of comprehensive Downtown Code amendments in 2006.

  • Gates Foundation Headquarters - Seattle
    Working with Iris Holdings, LLC (an affiliate of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), we helped obtain the first commercial “Major Phased Development” approval in the City of Seattle, allowing a 1 million s.f. build-out for the Foundation headquarters over a 15 year term.

  • Upper-level Downtown RetailBellevue
    Schnitzer West was looking for creative ways to expand its retail offerings within The Bravern, a 1.8 million s.f. mixed-use project in Downtown Bellevue. We worked with Schnitzer and the City of Bellevue to craft a series of amendments to Bellevue’s Downtown Code to provide new FAR exemptions for upper-level urban retail, thereby creating the opportunity for Neiman Marcus and 150,000 s.f. of other high-end retailers to populate the pedestrian levels of the project.

  • Adaptive Reuse of Providence 1910 Building (James Tower) - Seattle
    Sabey Corporation had acquired the historic Providence Hospital tower, built by the Sisters of Providence in 1910. The building was deficient seismically and mechanically, so we worked with Sabey and the City’s Landmarks Preservation Board on an in-fill addition which provided seismic bracing, modern laboratory space, and preserved and restored the historic structure.

  • Interurban Exchange - Seattle
    Schnitzer West sought to develop a full block in the South Lake Union area for new office and R&D tenants, but also preserve a significant portion of the historic Van Vorst Building. We worked with Schnitzer to implement a strategy to vacate the alley in the block and obtain Landmarks Board approval to incorporate the Van Vorst Building in the overall development.

  • Sustainable Development
    We are proud to see that many of our projects incorporate new principles and strategies for sustainable design, from LEED requirements for new high-rise buildings under Seattle’s new Downtown Code, to the largest green roof in the Pacific Northwest (on the Seattle Center/Gates Foundation parking garage).