It’s no secret. Look at the skyline. Cranes are everywhere you look – even when you’re not looking! Big and small; on buildings and on the ground; some operating on weekends and through the night. Today, roughly 60 cranes are operating in Metro Seattle.

But this conversation isn’t limited to cranes. For instance, Bertha certainly doesn’t need a crane. It’s a “boring” project.😜

There is massive overhaul happening in Seattle. Residential, commercial, government, transportation, and private developments are creating an entirely different future for this wonderful city. So, we’ve compiled the top 7 projects with the biggest price tags and with direct impact to Seattle; noted the objective of each project, our biggest takeaway. Although the projects’ stake holders are ultimately seeking to gain a substantial return, each project has huge economic promise to our city. And we couldn’t be more excited!

Click the project title to view the project site (if applicable).

7. Elliot Bay Seawall Project

Objective: To protect critical infrastructure and utilities while enhancing the habitat through this area
Scope: 3,700 feet
Total Cost (estimated): $410.2 Million
Funded by: The City of Seattle
Duration (estimated): January 2016 – mid-2017

6. Stadium Place 

Objective: To provide commercial and residential space in the following capacities: Residential Housing (740 units), Retail (60,000 sq. ft.), Hotel (297 rooms and conference space), Office (180,000 sq. ft.), Parking (720 stalls)
Scope: 1.5 Million sq. ft.; 3.85-acre site
Total Cost (estimated): $517 Million
Funded by: Stadium Place Investors LLC
Duration (estimated): 2010 – 2025

5. Amazon Tower II  

Objective: To serve as Amazon Headquarters (accommodating approximately 23,000 employees), and permanent home for Mary’s Place Homeless Shelter
Scope: 1.1 Million sq. ft.
Total Cost (estimated): $550 Million
Funded by: Amazon
Duration (estimated): 2012 – 2018

4. Washington State Convention Center Addition 

Objective: To provide space for retail, events, parking, and approximately 3,900 direct and indirect jobs.
Scope: 30-story residential tower; 16-story office building; 250,000 sq. ft. of underground parking; 1.5 Million sq. ft.
Total Cost (estimated): $1.6 Billion
Funded by: Washington State Convention Center
Duration (estimated): September 2017 – 2020

3. Sound Transit Northgate Link light rail extension 

Objective: To extend the Link Light Rail from UW Husky Stadium to Northgate Seattle
Scope: 4.3-miles long; link rail and connecting stations
Total Cost (estimated): $2.1 Billion
Funded by: Federal grants, motor vehicle excise tax (MVET) and local sales tax
Duration (estimated): 2012 – 2021

2. State Route 99 Tunnel Project (Bertha) 

Objective: To replace The Alaskan Way Viaduct with a tunnel that bypasses Downtown Seattle. Along with the tunnel, the project includes several mitigations and miscellaneous projects to reshape the SR-99 corridor.
Scope: Tunnel: 1.7-mile long (less than 215′ below Seattle); New Highway: 1-mile long stretch; demolition of The Alaskan Viaduct
Total Cost (estimated): $3.2 Billion
Funded by: State, Federal and Local sources, as well as the Port of Seattle and tolls
Duration (estimated): 2008 – 2023
Check out the Viaduct Demolition Open House on Thursday, August 10, 2017.

1. East Link Extension

Objective: To extend the Link Light Rail from Redmond and Bellevue to International District Station
Scope: 14-miles long; link rail and connecting stations
Total Cost (estimated): $3.7 billion
Funded by: Sound Transit
Duration (estimated): April 22, 2017 – 2023

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