News and Announcements

Union Square Goes Blue!

Two Union Square is going blue to show our support for those who are on the front lines in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.  Thank you!

Coronavirus Update March 24, 2020

Per Governor Inslee’s order on ­­­­March 23, 2020, only employees from essential businesses are permitted to continue to work at their offices.  Union Square remains open for essential businesses and activities at this time.  Due to the importance of this directive, we encourage only those that need to come to the building to continue to do so as we work together to flatten the curve, and shorten the impacts of Coronavirus.

For more information regarding essential businesses and activities, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Mick Newell, Senior Property Manager at mnewell@waholdings.com or 206.613.5318, or Tenant Services at unionsquareservice@waholdings.com or 206.623.4567.

We will keep you updated should there be any further updates.  Thank you for partnering with us to keep Union Square healthy, and working together as a community in response to the Coronavirus pandemic!

Coronavirus Update March 23, 2020

In an effort to keep our building security team healthy as the number of Coronavirus infections in Seattle grows, we will be updating entry procedures for guests to One and Two Union Square.  This is in an effort to continue our policy of social distancing for the security team.

Effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020, essential guests and tenants without access cards will still be permitted, but they will need to use one of the following entrances to the buildings.  Please note the Two Union guest entries are different than those previously used in our restricted access policy:

  1. One Union Square Main Lobby
  2. 7th Avenue Drive Thru Entry
  3. 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 will be placing new signage 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.

Tenants can continue to use the access card readers at this time.  Please note that if you are a One Union Square tenant, your card will only in work on a One Union Square card reader, and Two Union Square tenants can only use Two Union Square card readers.

We also wanted to notify you that we have received notification of two additional positive Coronavirus cases in the buildings.  In both of these situations, the tenants on the floors impacted were directly notified via telephone or email and janitorial performed a deep sanitation cleaning of these floors.  We will continue to notify tenants on impacted floors as we receive word of more cases.

We will keep you updated should there be any further updates.  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!

Coronavirus Update- March 16, 2020

On Friday, March 13, 2020, we notified you of a positive Coronavirus case in Two Union Square.  As stated in our letter, on Friday night we completed a deep disinfection of the floor where the employee worked, which included the entire office where the employee worked, the restrooms and common areas on that floor, and all of the elevators in that elevator bank.  In addition, we deep cleaned the common areas of Two Union Square.  Please remember to inform us if you or one of your employees test positive so we can focus our janitorial efforts to the areas in the building that you visited.

We are also writing to inform you of some changes that will be implemented today, Monday, March 16, 2020 at Union Square.  Per the Governor and King County Executive’s directive, all of the building conference rooms are closed until further notice.  If you have an existing reservation, Tenant Services will contact you directly with a cancellation notice.  Additionally, the fitness center will be closed until further notice.

Please also note that effective today, Tenant Services will only be completing urgent work orders.  Tenant Services will continue to track other work orders, but non-urgent requests will be delayed until conditions improve.  Please contact Tenant Services at unionsquareseattle@waholdings.com or 206.623.4567 if you have any questions about this policy.

We will keep you updated should there be any further updates.  Thank you for partnering with us as we move into this next phase of our efforts to keep Union Square healthy!  As a reminder, we request that you notify us should any of your employees have a confirmed case.

Extra Blood Drive Tomorrow (3/11/20)

Due to the current shortage of blood donations in King County, we will be hosting an extra blood drive tomorrow with Bloodworks Northwest in the Two Union Square 51st Floor Conference Room from 10:00am-4:00pm (closed from 12:30pm-1:15pm).

To make your appointment, please click here.

Don’t forget: Eat something substantial (before and after you donate), stay hydrated, and bring your photo ID or donor card

Questions? Want to schedule your appointment on the phone? Call 1-800-398-7888 x2 or email schedule@bloodworksnw.org (Sponsor Code: 8800)

Union Square Next Steps in Response to Coronavirus

RE: Union Square Coronavirus Response Information

Dear Valued Tenant:

Effective March 6, 2020 at 12:00pm (noon), One and Two Union Square will be limiting access to the buildings to just tenants and their guests to keep the buildings a healthy place to conduct business.  We have previewed our proposal with a number of our tenants and have received their full support.   While these access restrictions will impact your daily operations and business, we believe these are best practices consistent with advice from public health professionals and hope that the impact will be minimal.  We ask that you share this information with your coworkers and guests.

What is building management doing next?

Because we care about the safety and well-being of you (our tenants), and after consultation with public health experts, out of an abundance of caution, we will be limiting access to the building as one additional step that may help to reduce potential exposure to / community transmission of the Coronavirus.  Please also refer to our earlier communication dated March 1, 2020 that discusses social distancing and best hygiene practices.  You can find this on the Union Square website at www.unionsquareseattletenant.com

Why are we doing this now?

We want to take reasonable steps to keep Union Square a safe and healthy place to do business and to protect our tenants.  Limiting access to those who have a “need to be here” seems like a modest but prudent step and is consistent with the recommended concept of social distancing.   We are unaware of any incidences of contagion among the employees of any of our tenants and this step may help to reduce community transmission of the virus from people who do not have a specific need to be in the buildings.

Again, this is just one element of our efforts to keep the buildings a healthy place to do business.  Please refer to our other recommendations regarding social distancing (working from home) and hygiene, especially requiring members of your teams who are ill to stay home until at least 48 hours after they have no symptoms.

What does this mean for Union Square Tenants?

Access to the building will be restricted to employees of tenants in the building and their guests (see below).  Initially, employees with building access cards may access the building from any key card controlled door.   Please instruct your employees NOT to allow other individuals to enter with them.  If an employee does not have a building access card, we can issue new cards to them with your consent.   If you do not wish certain employees to have access cards, they will still be able to gain access to the building from one of the three entrances noted below, provided they have a photo-ID and a company-issued business card (from a Tenant company) that matches that ID.

What does this mean for Union Square Guests?

Guests will only be permitted onsite when they have essential business to conduct at the building.  We would prefer that a member of your team meet these guests at one of the two access points described below, but we will initially allow guest access if they specify which tenant they are visiting and the purpose of their visit.

Where are the access points to the building?

For those with building access card keys, at this time, they will be allowed to access from any door that offers card key access to the building.  These entrances are located at the following:

  1. One Union Square Main Lobby
  2. One Union Square G Level Entrance (by MOD Pizza)
  3. Two Union Square 7th Avenue Entrance (in the driveway under the building)
  4. Two Union Square 6th and Union Entrance (by Cortina)
  5. Two Union Square 2nd Level Entry by Fireplace Lobby
  6. Two Union Square Main Lobby Entry by Security Desk (by East Garage Elevators)

For all others, access will be granted at only two entrances to the building (See Exhibit A for map and photographs):

  1. The Main lobby entrance of One Union Square at the north door
  2. The 6th and Union side door in the courtyard across from Cortina’s lobby entrance

Security personnel will be posted at both guest access points during the day.  Any after-hours guests (those arriving between 6:00pm-6:00am) should use the intercoms at the One Union Main Lobby entrance, the Two Union Main Lobby Entrance by the East Garage Elevators, or the 7th Avenue Entrance (in the driveway under the building)

What about parking?

The garage will continue to be accessible to Monthly Parkers and guests; access to the buildings via garage elevators.

What about deliveries?

At this point loading dock deliveries will still be allowed but companies should be prepared for the potential of future restriction of deliveries.  This restriction would require the use of buildings access cards to use the freight elevators.  Loading dock staff would work with delivery drivers to contact Tenants upon arrival – all deliveries would require a tenant escort from the loading dock to their suite.  Deliveries would not be permitted without a tenant escort.

How do I exit the building?

Initially, we will allow exiting from any building door, but we urge you and your colleagues to prevent “tailgating” (i.e., unauthorized follow on visitors).  If this proves to be ineffective, we may restrict exiting the building to fewer access points, or through the garage elevators (when leaving by car/bicycle).  Of course, in the case of an emergency evacuation, you may use any door to exit.

Will building retailers be open?

We have encouraged our building retailers to remain open for our building occupants.  We encourage you to support them by enjoying your breakfast, lunch and/or dinner in the building.  For the following retailers: MOD Pizza, Homestreet Bank, World Fresh Asian Eatery, and Cortina, access will only be available through their street entrances.

I still have questions, whom can I contact?

Please contact the following individuals for the following topics:

  1. General questions about these next steps– Mick Newell, Senior Property Manager, 206.613.5318 or mnewell@waholdings.com
  2. Questions about access cards and/or business cards – Tenant Services, 206.623.4567 or unionsquareservice@waholdings.com
  3. Questions about parking and parking access – LAZ Parking, 206.447.5664 or unionsquaregarage@lazparking.com
  4. Questions about security- Security Desk- 206.613.5333 or security@waholdings.com
  5. Janitorial questions – Mick Newell, Senior Property Manager, 206.613.5318 or mnewell@waholdings.com

How can I find out more?

We will post regular updates at https://www.unionsquareseattletenant.com as information changes and/or becomes available.

Additional Coronavirus Resources

Links:

King County Public Health Coronavirus Information

Washington State Department of Health Information

Update from Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (3/4/2020 7:52am):

Since January, my office, city departments, and I have been preparing to respond to COVID-19, and remain in close, regular contact with the Washington State Department of Health, Public Health – Seattle & King County, the King County Executive, the Governor’s Office and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And, on Tuesday, I signed a Proclamation of Civil Emergency as part of the City of Seattle’s ongoing work to effectively support Public Health – Seattle & King County and coordinate and execute the necessary work to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. 

The situation is evolving every day and, like many of you, we remain attentive to updated guidance from public health agencies including the Washington State Department of Health. I also understand the frustration of many of our residents regarding the limited testing capacity available, which we have conveyed to the state and federal government. Today, University of Washington Virology Lab announced their plans to ramp up capacity to test for COVID-19 as well. This will increase the State’s overall capacity to test people. I will keep urging this capacity to grow.  

Today, Public Health – Seattle & King County issued new guidance on how to protect yourselves and your neighbors, colleagues, families and friends and help us limit the spread of COVID-19. While this is time of anxiety for many people, Public Health believes that Seattle can take steps now to slow the spread of this virus in our community.  

I want to thank the first responders in Seattle and all of King County as well as the nurses and health care workers who are working extremely long days right now to keep our communities safe. The truly remarkable thing about our community here in Seattle is that when we work together, we can achieve incredible things. I’m asking the Seattle community to do that now, and help us contain a potential public health crisis.  

Public Health is recommending, but not requiring, the following steps, through March to slow the spread of novel coronavirus. Public Health will continue to evaluate the situation day-by-day and keep everyone up to date about any changes to these recommendations. 

Guidance for our higher risk residents, including those: 

  • Over 60 years of age 
  • With underlying health conditions including include heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes 
  • With weakened immune systems 
  • Who are pregnant  

Public Health recommends that these residents stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, and avoid public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others. This includes concert venues, conventions, sporting events, and crowded social gatherings. 

Caregivers of children with underlying health conditions should consult with healthcare providers about whether their children should stay home. Anyone who has questions about whether their condition puts them at risk for novel coronavirus should consult with their healthcare providers. 

Guidance for workplaces and businesses:

Reducing the amount of face-to-face contact between people helps reduce the spread of infectious disease. Taking these measures in the workplace can help reduce the number of workers who come into contact with coronavirus. 

Public Health Seattle King County recommends that workplaces take steps to allow people to work from home. Building off the City’s strong Alternative Work Arrangement program, the City of Seattle is also developing guidance for our 12,000 City employees, which we will send to our employees shortly.   

Many people have jobs where they must be in the workplace; they should continue to go to work whenever possible. But increasing the number of people who work from home will reduce the number of workers in one location will limit the opportunity for coronavirus to spread and ultimately may reduce absenteeism due to illness. 

Public Health recommends that employers should:

  • Maximize telecommuting options for as many employees as possible. 
  • Urge employees to stay home when they are sick. 
  • Maximize flexibility in sick leave benefits for those who are ill or who are recommended to stay home because they are high risk. 
  • Consider staggering start and end times to reduce large numbers of people coming together at the same time. 

Guidance for event and community gatherings:

During this critical period in the outbreak, if feasible to avoid bringing large groups of people together, consider postponing events and gatherings. 

If you can’t avoid bringing groups of people together: 

  • Urge anyone who is sick to not attend. 
  • Encourage those who are at higher risk for COVID-19 to not attend. 
  • Try to find ways to give people more physical space so that they aren’t in close contact as much as possible. 
  • Encourage attendees to maintain good healthy habits, such as frequent hand washing. 
  • Clean surfaces frequently. Standard cleaning products are effective against COVID-19. 

At stressful times, fear and anxiety can result in harm to people who are stigmatized because they are thought to be infected. Coronavirus does not discriminate, and neither should we. 

Stay up-to-date on the work we’re doing for the people of Seattle on my blog.

Union Square and the Impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As you are likely aware, there have been many confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world, and now the first death in the United States right here in Kirkland, Washington.  As of this afternoon, there are 8 confirmed/presumptive cases in western Washington including six in King County.  This includes cases in which community-based transmission (unrelated to recent travel) appears to have occurred.

What We Are Doing
Currently the Union Square Management Team is focusing our efforts on preparedness and mitigation. We have assessed all of our critical building systems to ensure continued operation in the face of a potential global pandemic. We are encouraging all of our employees, guests, tenants, and contractors to use best practices when it comes to health assessment and most importantly: ask that people stay home if any symptoms are present. As an immediate precaution, we have increased the frequency of our sanitization regimen throughout the building common areas, and within tenant spaces: door handles and general kitchen areas.  Additionally, we have confirmed that our disinfectant is effective at killing the COVID-19 virus.

What We Will Do
Several variables, particularly available personnel and governmental requirements will affect our response. As the situation develops, our response will also amplify.  We will provide you and your office occupants with additional information as often as required to ensure you are informed of changes in operations that will affect your occupancy.

What You Can Do
Inform your staff about Coronavirus (COVID-19) control measures (e.g., social distancing, working remotely, cough etiquette, hand washing, use of sanitary wipes, and similar items).  Obtain hygienic and sanitation supplies.  Ask your employees to increase hygienic practices, including hand washing and sanitization of their personal workspace and your leased premises (ie: countertops, door handles, keyboards, phones, desktops, etc.). Prepare a business continuity plan to ensure your critical business systems can endure a sustained global pandemic.

 

Additional Resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

https://www.doh.wa.gov/

https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus/FAQ.aspx

Washington Department of Health Hotline – 1-800-525-0127