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The WSCC Addition will be an iconic addition to the Seattle architectural and cultural landscape. Its modern, open design will create a unique space in the city that is quintessentially Seattle. Improvements around the Addition will completely transform the pedestrian experience, bringing communities together and creating a safe, active space in Seattle’s downtown core.

Improvements to the Pedestrian Experience

  • Activated street fronts on all sides of the building, adding new retail, sidewalks, landscaping and lighting to the equivalent of four city blocks
  • Renewed vibrancy in this stretch of downtown to improve the pedestrian experience as visitors walk between meetings and hotels, bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues in surrounding neighborhoods
  • The revitalization will create safer and better connections at the intersection of Downtown, Denny Triangle, Capitol Hill and First Hill
  • Enhanced walking experience on Pike and Pine Streets between downtown and Capitol Hill, and on Boren and Ninth Avenues

Integrated Urban Design

  • Urban, 21st century design that is vertically stacked and an efficient use of space
  • The Addition will have a distinctively Northwest design that complements surrounding buildings and landmarks
  • The project design breaks up the scale of adjacent buildings, facilitating visual interaction between activities inside and outside of the facility
  • Right-sized to a height compatible with the surrounding neighborhood, and significantly less than what is allowed by zoning regulations


Commitment to the Community

  • The Convention Center has created or renovated more than 1,100 affordable housing units over the past 30 years, and is contributing about $40 million toward additional affordable housing as a part of the Addition project
  • The Convention Center has a 30-year history of community involvement, including partnerships with FareStart and Mary’s Place
  • The Addition will expand the Convention Center’s public art program that features Northwest artists and celebrates Seattle’s cultural history

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