News and Announcements

Freeway Park Online Open House


Help shape the future of Freeway Park, provide  input through the Freeway Park online Open House, freewaypark.infocommunity.org. Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) and Freeway Park Association encourage you to participate. Your input will help SPR and the design team prioritize the capital improvement projects in the park. Please visit freewaypark.infocommunity.org.

SPR has received $10 million in funding from the Washington State Convention Center Expansion Project as part of the public benefit package associated with the Convention Center expansion. The funding will repair, restore, and enhance Freeway Park. Of the $10 million, $750,000 is for activation within the park and $9,250,000 is dedicated to capital improvements which covers construction (approximately $6 million), as well as design and project management, permitting, sales tax and contingencies.

The initial scope of the capital improvements is based on the Finding Freeway Park concept plan, produced by the Freeway Park Association, and identifies infrastructure upgrades, lighting, wayfinding and possibly a new restroom. The design phase is expected to be complete with all necessary permits/approvals and construction bid documents by June 2021.

Designed by Lawrence Halprin and constructed in 1976, Freeway Park (700 Seneca St.) was the first park to ever be built over an interstate highway. The park is a respite from the city’s urban environment and is a result of community activism, forward-thinking, and Seattle’s civic process. The park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. SPR and the Freeway Park Association would like to thank everyone who has participated in the renovation project to date. If you missed the Open House panel discussion in October 2019 you can watch it on the Seattle Channel (http://seattlechannel.org/videos?videoid=x108063).

For additional questions about the project please contact Katie Bang, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-684-9286 or  katie.bang@seattle.gov or visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/freeway-park-improvements.

In 2019, Freeway Park Association celebrated 25 years as community stewards of Freeway Park. To learn about all they do and to get involved please visit https://www.freewayparkassociation.org/.

Donate Blood at The Paramount Theatre Pop-Up Donor Center and be Entered to Win a Peloton bike!

Your effort to help local patients is a game-changer, so by way of saying “thank you” for donating a pint of blood at The Paramount Theatre, during this critical time, all donors will receive some fun summer perks including a $20 grocery gift card* when you donate by July 11. 

Donate by July 31 at any Bloodworks Pop-Up and you’ll be automatically entered into the Pump It Up Sweepstakes to win a Peloton in-home cycle. Want to go the extra mile? Donate by July 11, and you’ll receive TWO entries to win! Together, we can power up for a healthy and safe summer. Make your appointment now.

Pop Up Donor Center @ The Paramount Theatre
Free parking for donors on 9th Avenue between Pine & Pike

Building Update- June 29, 2020

We encourage tenants working in the building to continue to monitor the news due to the dynamic nature of the events in Seattle.  We do not anticipate any impacts to building operations this week, but we will post any updates here.  For updated Coronavirus information please read the “Coronavirus Update June 5, 2020 on this website.”  This provides the latest update regarding the building’s Coronavirus response and building access.

As a reminder, face coverings/masks are required in all public areas of the building.

Building Update- June 22, 2020

We encourage tenants working in the building to continue to monitor the news due to the dynamic nature of the events in Seattle.  We do not anticipate any impacts to building operations this week, but we will post any updates here.  For updated Coronavirus information please read the “Coronavirus Update June 5, 2020 on this website.”  This provides the latest update regarding the building’s Coronavirus response and building access.

Building Update- June 15, 2020

We encourage tenants working in the building to continue to monitor the news due to the dynamic nature of the events in Seattle.  We do not anticipate any impacts to building operations this week, but we will post any updates here.

Building Update- June 11, 2020

We wanted to provide updates on two upcoming planned demonstrations we are aware of:

-Friday, June 12, 2020: March in South Seattle.  This demonstration starts at 2:00PM at Judkins Park and will proceed to Jefferson Park.
-Sunday, June 14, 2020: March meets at Westlake Park beginning at 6:00PM with no announced route (potentially >5,000 attendees)

We do not anticipate any impact to building operations on Friday.  Due to Sunday’s demonstration, janitorial service will begin at 10:00AM on June 14, 2020, and the parking garage gates may close early.  We will post any further updates here.

We encourage tenants working in the building to continue to monitor the news due to the dynamic nature of the events in Seattle.

Building Update- June 10, 2020

We continue to encourage tenants working in the building to actively monitor the news due to the dynamic nature of the demonstrations in Seattle.  We understand there are a demonstration and possible strike planned for Downtown Seattle this Friday 6/12/2020.  We will continue to monitor any developments, and share any pertinent updates regarding building operations here.

Building Update- June 8, 2020

We encourage tenants working in the building to actively monitor the news due to the dynamic nature of the demonstrations in Seattle. This week, we plan for janitorial and garage operations to operate under normal hours.

Coronavirus Update June 5, 2020

For a PDF Version of this Update Click Below:

Coronavirus Update June 5, 2020 in PDF Format

 

We want Union Square to be a healthy place to do work; and, accordingly, we want to encourage social distancing when you are in One and Two Union Square.  As we now enter Phase 1.5 of Washington State’s Coronavirus response, we wanted to provide some reminders on social distancing and updates on our response. We ask that you follow the guidelines below:

  • Phase 1.5: Please visit King County’s website (Click here) for further information regarding Phase 1.5.
  • Practice Social Distancing: Keep at least six feet apart at all times possible. This may not be possible when using an elevator, so we will be limiting elevator occupancy as noted below.
  • Wear a Mask: Wear a mask when in public spaces, especially in the lobbies, restrooms and elevators. Please remind your employees/coworkerks/guests of this requirement.  For more information regarding Washington State’s mask policy, click here.
  • Restrooms: Practice social distancing and wear a mask. Please limit the number of people using the restroom at one time to three people (if social distancing allows), and only use the restroom on your floor.  Wash your hands in warm water with soap for at least 20 seconds. Use a paper towel or your sleeve to open and close the restroom doors.
  • Stay Home: Stay home if you are sick, or believe you, someone you have interacted with or live with, may have been exposed to Coronavirus.
  • Elevators: Please use the new elevator queueing lines to enter and exit the elevators. Pay close attention to the signage in the lobbies which will help guide you to your destination.  Please limit elevators to three people at a time, and wait for the group in front of you to load/unload to/from the elevators before calling and boarding the next elevator. Sanitize your hands using the hand sanitizer at each elevator entrance prior to selecting your floor/calling your elevator.  We are adding stickers on the ground/walls in the elevator cabs to indicate where you should stand.  Keep six feet between you and the person in front of you while in line.  Wear a mask when using the elevators, and stand in the corners of the elevator cab.  When leaving your floor, do not board an elevator with more than two people.  Wait for the doors to close, then call another elevator.
    • Entrances to Elevators:
      • Two Union Square:
        • Low-Rise (Floors 4-22): Enter the elevators through the line in the southeast corner (Cortina Café side) of the main lobby
        • Mid-Rise (Floors 23-39): Enter the elevators through the line in the southeast corner (Cortina Café side) of the main lobby
        • High-Rise (Floors 40-56): Enter the elevators through the line in the west side of the lobby above the grand staircase
          • Do not enter the elevators from the north side of the elevator banks in the main lobby (the security desk side).  This side is for exiting only during business hours.  *After-Hours, entry and exit will both be through the south side of the elevator bank, as usual.
      • One Union Square:
        • High-Rise (Floors 21-36): Enter using the queue for the high rise as indicated by signage.
        • Low-Rise (Floors 3-20): Enter using the queue for the low rise as indicated by signage.
  • Lobbies: Lobby seating has temporarily been removed and/or roped off for your safety. Please keep moving while in the lobby areas; do not loiter.
  • Common Area Cleaning: Please note that the daytime janitorial staff is focused on cleaning high touch point surfaces (building entries, elevator buttons, escalator railings, elevator tablets, elevator cabs, etc.) throughout the day. In addition, we have hired additional staff to clean building restrooms and elevator tablets/buttons throughout the day in each tower.  In the garage, our garage staff helps clean the garage elevators and other high touch points.  At night, the janitorial team performs a deep clean of high touch surfaces, elevators, building lobbies, and restrooms.
  • HVAC: The building has increased outside air intake to the maximum levels permitted based on current operating conditions. In addition, the building has at least MERV-13 filters and is in the process of replacing all building filters as part of routine maintenance.  Additional information can be provided on request.
  • Domestic Water: As the building has remained open, the building domestic water system has remained in use, and has been monitored by our team. In addition, janitorial runs all taps every night as part of their cleaning regimen.
  • Hand Washing: Please wash your hands with soap and water frequently, or use hand sanitizer provided in the building lobbies, elevator entrances in the main lobby, and the mail rooms.
  • Use Good Health Practices: Consider using your sleeves, elbow or gloves to open and close doors, call elevators, etc. Sneeze into your elbow and away from others.  You may want to wear gloves.
  • Regular Cleaning: Wipe down high touch surfaces in your office multiple times a day using an approved cleaner.
  • Guests: Please limit guests to essential guests only. Guests and tenants without access cards should use security intercoms for access.  These are located:
    • One Union Square Main Lobby
    • 7th Avenue Drive Thru Entry
    • East Garage Elevators (by Convention Center) Entry
      • Each of these locations have an intercom which can be used to call security, who can remotely let guests into the building.  We have signage in place so it is clear to guests where these entries are, and how to use the intercoms.  The parking garage will also remain open for essential building guests and tenants.
  • Report Coronavirus Cases: Please continue to report any confirmed Coronavirus cases to our Senior Property Manager, Mick Newell at mnewell@waholdings.com
  • Consider Remote Working Opportunities: Consider remote working opportunities when possible to promote social distancing.

While many tenants have been working from home, janitorial has shifted some of their focus to sanitization of high touch areas within tenants’ spaces, in addition to base services outlined in your lease.  To schedule a deeper clean of your Lease Premises, please contact Tenant Services at unionsquareservice@waholdings.com or 206.623.4567.

We will keep you updated should there be any further updates.  We will be posting updates at www.unionsquareseattletenant.com. Thank you for partnering with us as we move into this next phase of our efforts to keep Union Square healthy, and work together as a community in response to the Coronavirus pandemic!

Building Update- June 5, 2020

We encourage tenants working in the building to actively monitor the news due to the dynamic nature of the demonstrations in Seattle.  We understand there are several demonstrations planned today and this weekend.  We will update this website should any building operations change.