Location: 401 S Jackson Street, Seattle
Size: 110,000 SF commercial
Completion: 1999
Client: Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority
Cost: $23 million

Situated between the historic International and Pioneer Square districts at the south end of downtown Seattle, Union Station was abandoned during the early 1970s, used only occasionally as a rental hall for private events. Built in 1911, it served as the station for the Oregon-Washington Railroad and Union Pacific lines. The renovation of this building transformed it into the new headquarters for Sound Transit. It also restored the magnificently ornate Great Hall, now open to the public and still available for rental.

Maria Barrientos was originally hired to assist Kinzer & Company in the feasibility analysis of renovating this building for Class A office space. Maria then worked with the current owner of the building, Nitze-Stagen, to develop a program, budget and development process that would meet all of Sound Transit’s needs. The deal structure was very much a “build-to-suit” that enabled Sound Transit to purchase the building with very little initial risk. Nitze-Stagen proceeded to develop the building according to the specifications agreed to by Sound Transit.

Next, Sound Transit engaged barrientos RYAN to represent their interests during the development. Maria Barrientos and Gemma Valdez worked with the developer’s team to ensure the quality of the work and provided input into the restoration of the historic finishes in the building.

barrientos RYAN assisted Sound Transit with their move into Union Station and their transition to ownership of the building. barrientos RYAN developed their move schedule, researched bid lists for qualified vendors, coordinated the bidding process and wrote RFPs to obtain various building services (i.e. janitorial, movers).

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