- Russell Investments Center
Russell Investments Center Former names Chase Center
Washington Mutual Center
General information Type Commercial offices Location 1301 Second Avenue
Coordinates Coordinates: Construction started 2004 Completed 2006 Cost US$370 million Height Roof 182.18 m (597.7 ft) Technical details Floor count 42 Floor area 87,300 m2 (940,000 sq ft) Elevator count 35 Design and construction Owner Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company Main contractor Sellen Construction Architect NBBJ Developer Pine Street Group LLC Structural engineer Magnusson Klemencic Associates References 
Russell Investments Center is a skyscraper in Seattle, Washington. On its completion, it was the largest skyscraper to mark the downtown Seattle skyline in nearly 15 years, and is the city's sixth tallest building, at182.18 m (597.7 ft), with 42 floors. It was originally named WaMu Center because it was built to become the new headquarters for Washington Mutual. Major construction ended in early 2006, with minor construction continuing into the fall. Tenants from Washington Mutual (WaMu) began to move in to the tower in March 2006. On September 25, 2008, Washington Mutual failed, and its assets and accounts were sold to JPMorgan Chase by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. On June 1, 2009, the building was renamed Chase Center. On September 9, 2009, the building was purchased by Northwestern Mutual of Milwaukee. Russell Investments, a Northwestern Mutual subsidiary, will make the building its corporate headquarters upon relocation from Tacoma, WA, and is renaming the building the Russell Investments Center. The architect for the tower is NBBJ, which also designed nearby Two Union Square and other notable buildings in the downtown area of Seattle. Sellen Construction was the general contractor for the project. The tower is located at 1301 Second Avenue, on the opposite corner from 1201 Third Avenue that was previously named Washington Mutual Tower.
WaMu Center was built to stand as Washington Mutual's headquarters, and to move most of its many Seattle area workers into one tower, to streamline operations, and to encourage worker interaction, with a reinvention of the work place. There is also a private 20,000 sq ft (1,900 m2) rooftop patio on the west half of the 17th floor for workers of the tower to take walks along the several walking paths.
The tower includes the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) on the first 4 floors of the west half of the building, and connects to the museum's existing building on the southern portion of the block. WaMu and SAM made an agreement where the museum may expand in 2-floor increments up to the 12th floor over the next 20 years as needed.
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- ^ Andrea James. "Hello and goodbye: WaMu officially becomes Chase on June 1". The Seattle P-I. http://www.seattlepi.com/business/406579_wamu27.html. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
- ^ Tibbits, George (9 September 2009). "Russell Investments moving to Seattle". The Seattle Times. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009833135_apwarussellinvestments5thldwritethru.html. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
- ^ Sheila Bacon. "Where Cash Meets Culture". Constructor. http://www.constructor.construction.com/features/build/archives/2005-11seattle.asp. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
Seattle skyscrapers and towers Current
Columbia Center · 1201 Third Avenue · Two Union Square · Seattle Municipal Tower · Safeco Plaza · Space Needle · Russell Investments Center · U.S. Bank Centre · Wells Fargo Center · Bank of America Fifth Avenue Plaza · 901 Fifth Avenue · Rainier Tower · IBM Building · Fourth and Madison Building · 1000 Second Avenue · Henry M. Jackson Federal Building · Smith Tower · Qwest Plaza · One Union Square · 1111 Third Avenue · Westin Seattle North Tower · University of Washington Plaza · Exchange Building · Westin Building · 1918 Eighth Avenue · Olive 8 · Fifteen Twenty-One Second Avenue
Heron Tower · 1823 Minor · 2015 2nd Avenue · 1931 2nd Avenue · 8th and Stewart Condominiums
AVA · Seventh at Westlake Tower · Second and Pike Condominiums · 2301 6th Avenue Tower I · 2301 6th Avenue Tower II
Under constructionSee also: Tallest buildings in Seattle
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