Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Gates Foundation Nearing Completion


Gates Foundation
Photo & Text © 2010 Kim- Seattle Daily Photo. All rights reserved; no use, alteration, reproduction or republishing in any media.
I saw this model of the new Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation campus. The view here shows the intersection of Mercer St. and 5th Ave. From the 2007 groundbreaking at a 12 acre parking lot adjacent to Seattle Center the Gates Foundation campus has steadily taken shape. The first construction was of a multistory below ground parking structure with a living roof and educational visitors center (visible to the right). Now boomerang shaped buildings A and B are constructed and interior finish work is taking place throughout their 6 floors (the structure closest in this model photo and the building furthest back). Building C to the left has not been started yet, pending an agreement with the city about the specifics of the Viaduct replacement tunnel and surface street approaches, which at one point would have encroached on building C's site. It seems a plan has been worked out, pending City Council approval, to curve 6th Ave around the site and modify the surface street tunnel approach route to avoid cutting through the campus. The parking garage has been open since 2008 (I showed you the art glass wall of that here). The visitor center and buildings A and B will open next May and will be occupied by over 1000 Foundation employees. Hardscape and landscaping are going on right now along 5th Ave and Mercer Street, as well as the interior of the campus. The Gates Foundation researches and provides grants to impact global health, extreme poverty and development, education, and information technologies.

7 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

It is amazing what money can do for the rest of the world if used in the right way. I bet the fees to attend that place will cost more than Word.

Kim said...

I doubt that, Abe. At least the exterior maintenance. . .which will be maintained with a system of rainwater catch. The living roof on the garage is also a natural method employed to keep energy costs down, and all the structures are being build to LEED standards (a requirement here in Seattle), so a lot of thought has gone into keeping energy and maintenance costs to a minimum and make use of natural daylight in all the offices.
-Kim

Todd said...

It seems this photo was taken at the grand opening of Lake Union Park, to be connected for pedestrians to the Gates Foundation, Seattle Center, and the Olympic Sculpture Park by the Lake to Bay Loop. The edges of the Gates Foundation campus will be a great addition to this new route which just received some design funding.

www.lake2bay.org

Kris said...

I like the look of it.

Kim said...

Todd, thanks so much for the Lake 2 Bay Route information! That is exciting news. As an avid walker of all the neighborhoods in Seattle, and a cyclist who adores the Burke-Gilman and other bike trails in Seattle, this is super news, indeed. I think I will look up the route and try it out before completion and then later after it's all in place. How cool!
-Kim

JakeGarn said...

Wow thats pretty cool.

Carlos Lorenzo said...

Nice model Kim. Greetings!