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Executive Order: Construction Guidance Released on Washington State's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Order

NAIOP, along with AGC, requested clarification on Governor Inslee's recent “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order as it relates to construction activities. The newly released Construction Guidance Memo is online.

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Moved Online: April Sustainable Development Education Event

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With target dates for code implementation changing quickly, this webinar is a must for NAIOPWA members. Our experts will cover the three new pieces of legislation upping the ante for energy efficiency throughout Washington state for both new construction and retrofits: the Seattle Energy Code, the Washington State Energy Code commercial section, and the state's new Energy Performance Standard for [Existing] Commercial Buildings.

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Seattle Construction Code Adoption Delayed to Nov 1

The Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections (SDCI) has provided an important update to NAIOPWA to share with our commercial real estate community. Please distribute widely. 


SDCI is in the process of updating Seattle's construction codes to the 2018 versions of the building, residential, existing buildings, mechanical, energy, fuel gas, and plumbing codes. We have been aiming for an effective date of July 1, 2020, to align with the effective date of the Washington State building codes. However, due to many factors, including the impacts of COVID-19, the effective date of Seattle's codes will be delayed until November 1, 2020. If the 2018 Washington State construction codes effective date is delayed past November 1, we will align the effective date of our codes with the State.

Please visit our code update website for continued information and to review proposed code change documents.

If you have questions, please contact Micah Chappell, Technical Code Development Manager, at [email protected].

Disaster Resiliency in the PNW

One critical aspect of sustainability is resiliency, or how we bounce back from natural disasters. A little preparation can go a long way—but a lack of forethought can quickly lead to very difficult situations throughout a city or region. Remember the 2015 New Yorker article about the next big Cascadia earthquake? When the article was published, it prompted seemingly endless, yet interesting, discussions about the inevitability of a very large earthquake in the region, as well as dozens of follow-up stories giving advice on how to prepare. 

Fast-forward four years to Seattle Snowmaggedon 2019. Did you have a week’s supply of food and water in your home when the snow fell last February? Conditions weren’t anywhere near as bad as the name suggests, but empty grocery store shelves made a deep impression, whether you saw them in person like I did or on social media or the news. Those empty-shelf encounters were a fairly common experience. The takeaway is that there is only a few days’ food supply in our grocery stores, which is quickly exacerbated by disaster-inspired hoarding behavior and the breakdown of efficient but lean supply chains.

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CREW Seattle & The Registry Recognize NAIOPWA Volunteer Leaders for Diversity & Inclusion Work

Photo of a glass award or trophy in a black and beige fabric box throwing off lightThank you, CREW Seattle and The Registry! On Wednesday night, NAIOP Washington State was honored as the 2019 Association Ally at the second annual Elevate Awards. This honor reflects the work of NAIOPWA’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee to support the objective of providing opportunity and furthering D&I in the CRE industry.

Our Diversity & Inclusion Committee is concluding its second year and has been behind efforts to bring more young and diverse individuals into CRE and NAIOPWA through efforts such as a new D&I internship program, the Hip Hop Architecture program at the UW, and student memberships. The team also hosted chapter events open to anyone involved in CRE interested in learning about increasing opportunities and representation for diverse individuals in our field.

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2019 NAIOPWA Change Makers for a Better Future [Event Recap]

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NAIOPWA’s Sustainable Development Committee held its fourth annual Change Makers event on June 27, 2019. The event brings together voices from a diverse group of local change-making organizations making social, environmental, and economic impacts, and establishing Seattle as a leader in sustainable development and beyond. The goal was to pool our collective wisdom, challenge assumptions, reach across boundaries, and explore what's possible when everyone pulls in the same direction.

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Port Report: Seattle, Tacoma, Bremerton and Everett [June 2019 Breakfast Recap]

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Most of us know the ports in Washington as little industries within themselves, responsible for Washington’s link to international trade around the globe and the distribution infrastructure of our region. Ports also manage airports and public marinas, and support additional recreational opportunities via parks and open spaces. 

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2019 Broker’s Forecast [May Breakfast Recap]

The predictions for the year ahead at the annual Broker Forecast were as sunny as the morning itself. The words butterflies and pots of gold, and phrases like riding the top of the wave, were used amid the rising lines of the charts and statistics shared as the three key real estate professionals talked about the aspects driving tenant decisions today and for the year ahead, as well as trends driving the industrial market.

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What’s Next for Seattle NHL Redevelopment [April Breakfast Recap]

I didn’t think I was surrounded by hockey fans, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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Belltown: A Changing Neighborhood | REC 2019 [March 2019 Breakfast Recap]

Stack of three photos showing college students presenting to a group at a tableAt the March breakfast, we joined the Real Estate Challenge Committee for the culmination of the 16th Annual Challenge with three university teams presenting their proposals for Merlino Properties’ 5th and Bell site, and we heard from four Belltown neighborhood experts on the area’s future growth.

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Innovations in Affordability [December Breakfast Recap]

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On Wednesday morning, we heard from three of Seattle’s commercial real estate innovators on their strategies in affordability amid the city’s rapid growth and development.

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Night of the Stars 2018 Winners Include The Spheres, Sanctuary Seattle, Arbora Court and the BLOCK Project

Night of the Stars 2018 Winners Include The Spheres, Sanctuary Seattle, Arbora Court and the BLOCK Project

Ada M. Healey inducted to the NAIOP Washington State Hall of Fame inductee in recognition of her contributions to the built environment of Seattle and the Puget Sound 

People’s Choice Award goes to Maritime Building Seismic Upgrade and Renovation

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New Benchmarking Analysis Report Highlights Savings

The Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment released their latest Energy Benchmarking Analysis Report  to update energy performance trends based on data reported to the City from 2014 – 2016. The report highlights key building energy and emissions metrics for the 3,300 benchmarked buildings and reveals that continuously benchmarked buildings have reduced emissions, saved money, and improved performance over time.

Highlights include:

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The Ada Healey Playbook: How to Build a City [Hall of Fame 2018]

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Photo of Ada M. HealeyWith more than nine million square feet of real estate development to her name, Ada Healey’s name is synonymous not only with Seattle commercial real estate, but also with thoughtful, holistic development that carefully considers its community.

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University District in Transition [September Breakfast Recap]

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New Programming Committee Chair Chris Beza introduced the September panel about the quickly transforming University District. The new Link light rail station, neighborhood upzone, and UW Master Plan are key factors influencing the area, each of which is a substantial change. Together, they add up to some remarkable changes that will continue to shape the ever-changing University District. It was an insightful morning and the only thing that could have made it better would have been a cameo of one or two of the iconic musicians that have sung about The Ave over the years (maybe an idea for next year, programs committee?!).

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2018 Night of the Stars Finalists [Member News]

NAIOP WA Announces New App Featuring CRE’s Industry Best with 2018 Night of the Stars Finalists & First Winner

Second Annual People’s Choice Award with Daily Voting Online September 19 - October 12

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The Future of Urban Industrial [July 2018 breakfast recap]

The future of urban industrialOn July 11, NAIOPWA held our monthly breakfast meeting at the Georgetown Ballroom to learn about the future of urban industrial and take a field trip to the nearby Prologis Georgetown Crossroads, the first multi-level distribution center of its type.

President Tony Toppenberg kicked off the meeting by thanking our breakfast sponsor, Sierra Construction, and our stellar group of annual sponsors. We sincerely thank them for their involvement.

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The Confluence of Real Estate Capital with Technology [June Breakfast Recap]

all speakersOn Wednesday, NAIOP WA State interacted with a panel from CrowdStreet, Inc., their sponsors Scanlan Kemper Bard and SMARTCAP, and Stoel Rives LLP about online real estate investment, which is experiencing exponential growth. The online investment market allows for a diversity in investment profiles, potentially higher gains, and an increase of available analytical data. Molly Moore, CMO from CrowdStreet, moderated the panel where they talked online investment and legal implications and regulations.

Mary P. Hull, a Partner at Stoel Rives LLP, gave a brief introduction on the legal landscape explaining whether it is legal to raise capital for commercial real estate online (yes), and going over the ins and outs of the Jobs Act 2012, Angel List of 2010, and general securities laws such as Rule 506(b) and 506(c).

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2018 Broker Forecast: Is the Air Getting Thin? [April Breakfast Recap]

April Breakfast: 2018 Broker Forecast: Is the Air Getting Thin? [Event Recap]

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Battle of the Economists [March 2018 Breakfast Recap]

April breakfast panel A “battle royale” was held at the NAIOP Breakfast Meeting on March 21, also known as a lively and illuminating discussion with two premier economists from our area.

President Tony Toppenberg began the meeting by showing even more features from the NAIOP WA app. It really does have some great features including the presenters’ slides for each breakfast meeting, downloadable for one month after each event. New members were introduced and we heard the sad news that Sharlyn Turner of Peterson and Sullivan passed away.

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