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Union Station
Building Union Station
Location Seattle, WA
Client Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority
Size 110,000 square feet
Completed 1999
Cost $23 million

Situated between the historic International and Pioneer Square districts at the south end of downtown Seattle, Union Station was abandoned during the early 1970’s, used only occasionally as a rental hall for private events. Built in 1911, it served as the station for the Oregon-Washington Railroad and Union Pacific lines. The renovation of this building transformed it into the new headquarters for Sound Transit. It also restored the magnificently ornate Great Hall, now open to the public and still available for rental.

Feasibility Analysis
Maria Barrientos was originally hired to assist Kinzer & Company in the feasibility analysis of renovating this building for Class A office space. Maria then worked with the current owner of the building, Nitze-Stagen to develop a program, development budget, and development process that would meet all of Sound Transit’s needs. The deal structure was very much a "build-to-suit" that enabled Sound Transit to purchase the building with very little initial risk. Nitze-Stagen proceeded to develop the building according to the specifications agreed to by Sound Transit.

Development and Construction
Next, Sound Transit engaged barrientos to represent their interests during the development. Maria Barrientos and Gemma Valdez worked with the developer’s team to ensure the quality of the work as well as providing input into the restoration of the historic finishes in the building.

Move Coordination and Facilities Planning
assisted Sound Transit with their move into Union Station and their transition to ownership of the building. barrientos developed their move schedule, researched bid lists for qualified vendors, coordinated the bidding process and wrote RFP’s to obtain various building services (janitorial, movers, etc.).

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