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Russell Investments Center
Washington Mutual Center; WaMu Center, Chase Center
Washington Mutual Center


Structure in General

existing [completed]
core plus outrigger
curtain wall
light gray


commercial office


  • About 5,000 people work in WaMu Center.
  • The design was influenced by Rockefeller Center and Embarcadero Center.
  • The average street elevation in front of the tower is 100'-10" making the overall elevation from the entry lobby entrance sidewalk 576' or 597'-7" from the lowest point at street level.
  • On November 12, 2002 the Seattle City Council passed the land use legislation needed to pave the way for the WaMu Tower and the new art museum.
  • The Seattle Art Museum will double in size when it moves into the new tower.
  • Demolition on the site was finished on June 18, 2004.
  • Office building construction will utilize a 630 EC-H 20 tower crane from 10/4/04 to 11/15/05.
  • On the site of the 76-year-old Seattle Art Museum called Museum Plaza.
  • New headquarters of the nation's sixth-largest bank.
  • A roof garden is featured on the 17th floor.
  • Biggest addition to the downtown Seattle skyline in more than 15 years since the thrice-named Seattle Municipal Tower.
  • May 11, 2005: three ironworkers were injured when a steel crossbeam partially collapsed on the 8th floor.
  • August 12, 2005: the tower's concrete structural core topped-out at 638'-6" from the top of footing.
  • Top of architectural screen wall is at elevation 676'-10". Street elevations vary from a low of 79'-3" to a high of 104'-2".
  • Tenants began moving in on March 24, 2006.
  • Used in the construction of the structure: 103,000 tons of concrete, 13,000 tons of structural steel, 7,200 tons of reinforcing steel, 136 miles of wire and 54 miles of conduit.
  • The tower features a 20,000-square-foot patio on the rooftop large enough for people to take short walks along footpaths.
  • After the failure of Washington Mutual Bank, the tower was renamed Chase Center on June 1, 2009.

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1301-1335 Second Avenue
101-125 Union Street, 112-124 University Street
1301 Second Avenue & Union
Museum Plaza

Technical Data

597.71 ft
576.01 ft

Involved Companies


Callison Architecture, Inc.

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