A view of The Eight at dusk. a next-generation Class A commercial office development in Bellevue’s downtown core that will serve as the gateway to the city center

From ground-up developments to neighborhood revitalizations, here are some of the projects that will redraw the metro's skyline.

Seattle’s commercial real estate scene is defined by robust expansion and sustainable development. The metro’s strong economy—fueled by tech giants that support employment and population growth—is spurring demand for all types of properties.

8. The Eight
Another Skanska project currently under construction is The Eight, a 540,000-square-foot office and retail development in Bellevue. The 25-story project aims to blend into the neighborhood’s urban fabric while offering a dynamic and wellness-centric environment for its tenants.

“By integrating state-of-the-art health and wellness features, providing expansive indoor-outdoor spaces, and creating a hospitable lobby environment, we strive to help our tenants redefine their workplace, reinvigorating post-pandemic office models, while simultaneously enhancing the life of the neighborhood as a whole,” said Charlie Foushée, executive vice president & regional manager with Skanska.

Read more at Commercial Property Executive 

Plaza area of the RO in Houston, Texas

Construction work is officially underway on a long-awaited mixed-use development in the Greenway-Upper Kirby area.

Transwestern Development Co. announced June 24 that it has broken ground on The RO, a 17-acre development at 3120 Buffalo Speedway, near the corner of West Alabama Street and Buffalo Speedway. When it is completed in 2027, The RO, pronounced “row,” will include Houston’s first luxury Auberge Resorts Collection hotel with attached condo units, a sprawling retail village with up to eight restaurants, more than 700 apartment units and creative office space.

Connecticut-based architecture design firm, Pickard Chilton is overseeing the master plan. Transwestern tapped New York-based Kohn Pederson Fox to design the hotel and condo building, with Houston-based Dillon Kyle Architects overseeing the condo interiors and New York-based Roman & Williams designing the hotel’s interiors. San Francisco-based House & Robertson Architects was tapped to serve as architect of record for the hotel and condos.

Read more at Houston Business Journal 

Biophilic design in architecture, which integrates natural elements into the built environment, can significantly enhance workplace productivity by fostering a connection with nature that improves overall well-being and cognitive function. Studies have shown that incorporating features such as natural lighting, indoor plants, water features, and natural materials can reduce stress, increase creativity, and see up to a 20% increase in employee productivity

Iconic Texas brands, assemble! Hines continues its Greater Houston domination as it spearheads the development of Texas A&M University’s mass-timber Aplin Center. 

The College Station campus’ latest hub will be educational and recreational, designed by architectural firms DLR Group and Pickard Chilton. The latter is known for developing two of Houston’s largest corporate projects — the 1.3 million-square-foot Hewlett Packard Enterprise Corporate Campus and ExxonMobil’s 365-acre Spring office complex

“The Aplin Center will be an emerald oasis that preserves the legacy live oak trees and unites the main campus, West Campus and Kyle Field,” said Anthony Markese, a principal at Pickard Chilton. “We envision a warm and beautiful timber building that says, ‘Howdy!’” 

The development is part of Hines’ sustainable mass-timber construction endeavor, T3. The eco-conscious company has a goal of net-zero operational carbon by 2040.

Read more at The Real Deal 

Join the Seattle CTBUH Future Leaders for a project tour of Bellevue's latest class A+ office tower followed by a sponsored networking hour.

The Eight is a class A+ office tower designed for an inspired Bellevue and tenants to attract and retain top talent. Prominently located along NE 8th street in downtown Bellevue, The Eight features a welcoming public plaza landscaped with native plants of the various Pacific Northwest ecosystems, an indoor/outdoor lounge and a level two amenity floor with a flexible gathering space, shared deck overlooking the plaza and a gym. 

Sustainability has become a cornerstone of modern architecture, reflecting a global shift towards environmental responsibility. As we move through 2024, innovative practices and technologies are transforming how we design and construct buildings. At Pickard Chilton, our architect and designers are at the forefront of this movement, exploring new ways to create spaces that are not only functional and aesthetically pleasing but also environmentally sustainable. In this article, emerging trends in sustainable architecture are explored, showcasing our commitment to creating a more environmentally friendly future.