Amazon.com Gets Spanky New Green HQ

With the announcement that Phase IV of Amazon’s new company headquarters in Seattle is nearly complete, the company has built out 10 of the 11 buildings planned for its new campus and is on-track for a 2013 grand opening.

Phase IV of the project consists of two new office buildings and the renovation of a historical building–totalling 1.7 million square feet of office and 100,000 square feet of street-level retail space, according to TechFlash–all which are located in the South Lake Union neighborhood. The two new buildings are among the highest in Amazon’s new headquarters campus, previous phases of which required Seattle City Council approval for increased heights. As part of the agreement allowing construction to go forward, Vulcan Real Estate–the developers behind the Amazon campus–will be paying out $6.4 million to the City to help out with affordable housing and daycare.

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image via Amazon.com

Previous phases have received LEED Gold certification, and Phase IV is expected to do the same. The South Lake Union neighborhood as a whole is also expected to garner LEED for Neighborhood Development certification for its overall attention to walkable/bikable streets, mixed use zoning, and other green lifestyle features.

The renovation of the Terry Avenue Building–a two-story brick structure built in 1915–features Seattle’s first green roof on a historic landmark building and, according to the DJC Green Building Blog, will play host to three noted restaurants, among other uses. Phase IV of Amazon’s campus includes public plazas and pockets of open space designed to draw in passersby, creating a sense of connection to the community. The centerpiece of the main plaza is a 45 foot tall, a 28-year old red oak tree imported  from Oregon.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.