News and Announcements

Great Shakeout 2020

Union Square will be participating in the Great Washington Shakeout on October 15th, 2020. At 10:15 AM or shortly thereafter, you will hear an announcement over the building’s intercom system advising of the drill. During the drill, you are asked to drop, cover and hold on in a safe location for five (5) seconds. Why is it important to do a Drop, Cover, and Hold On drill? To react quickly you must practice often. You may only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake, before strong shaking knocks you down–or drops something on you. Practicing helps you be ready to respond.

  • If you are inside a building, move no more than a few steps, then Drop, Cover and Hold On:
  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.
  • Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. In most buildings in Washington you are safer if you stay where you are until the shaking stops.
  • If you are outdoors when the shaking starts, you should find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and power lines, then Drop, Cover and Hold On. Stay there until the shaking stops.

 

Ground shaking during an earthquake is seldom the cause of injury. Most earthquake-related injuries and deaths are caused by collapsing walls and roofs, flying glass and falling objects. It is extremely important for a person to move as little as possible to reach the place of safety he or she has identified because most injuries occur when people try to move more than a short distance during the shaking.

Look around you now, before an earthquake. Identify safe places such as under a sturdy piece of furniture or against an interior wall in your home, office or school so that when the shaking starts you can respond quickly. An immediate response to move to the safe place can save lives. And that safe place should be within a few steps to avoid injury from flying debris.

For further information on earthquake safety, please visit the Great Washington Shakeout site at http://www.shakeout.org/washington. You may also refer Union Square’s Floor Warden manual for additional building-specific information.

We hope that you find this drill an effective tool to get you and your staff thinking about safety during the event of an earthquake.

Union Square Goes Purple to Support the Walk to End Alzheimers

Two Union Square is going purple this weekend to support the Pacific Northwest Walk to End Alzheimers.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease — the only leading cause of death for which there is currently no effective means of prevention, treatment or a cure. The event is traditionally held at Seattle Center and usually attracts around 1,500 people, raising over a half million dollars for local programs/services and our organization’s research efforts.

Union Square Coronavirus Update

We have updated our latest Coronavirus communication to include the most current links regarding King County’s Phase 2.0, and Washington State’s mask policy.  As a reminder, masks/cloth face coverings are required when in public areas of the building. 

Please click below for a downloadable PDF version:

Coronavirus Update September 16, 2020

Blood Drive Pop Up Donor Center September 14th & 15th at Union Square

In partnership with Bloodworks Northwest and Union Square, we are providing an opportunity for our local community to access this pop-up to give blood.

Donating blood is an essential and encouraged activity critical to sustaining community healthcare, especially during emergencies. This one hour donation appointment is a safe and essential action to support local hospitals and patients. Pop-Up Donor Centers are being conducted in according with social distancing guidelines.

No walk-ins, guests, or people under age 16 are permitted onsite.

Please make your appointment, visit schedule@bloodworksnw.org

September 14th from 10am to 5pm

September 15th from 9am to 5pm

Two Union Square, 51st Floor Conference Room

Building Update- August 3, 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- July 27, 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- July 24, 2020

We are aware of multiple demonstrations planned this weekend in Seattle.

As a result, we are making the following changes to building operations (we will update this should anything change further):

  • The parking garage will close at 1:00pm on Saturday, July 25, 2020.  Please use the intercom button or your monthly pass if you require access to the garage after this time.
  • Janitorial services will begin at 11:00am on Sunday, July 26, 2020.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about these changes by contacting Tenant Services at 206.623.4567.

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