Returning to the Office and Our Neighborhoods

August 15, 2022

The office has been a cornerstone of the workplace experience and a longtime driver of neighborhood activity. COVID-19’s emergence has challenged this notion, the physical boundaries of office, our ability to exchange ideas, and the concept of work-life balance. Just like the pandemic has been a reset for many on an individual level, it has given the commercial real estate community a chance to reflect on the ways in which the office needs to be reimagined to foster creativity and connection while integrating with new ways of life.    

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Building Thoughtful Residential Communities on the Eastside

December 20, 2021

In July 2021, VRE announced the acquisition of our first residential project in the BelRed corridor. Construction on the 1.4-acre multifamily development site, named Ondina, began in November 2021 and is scheduled for completion in early 2024. Developing a brand and design aesthetic for each of our residential projects that reflects the human experience is a key step in our development process and marketing strategy. The lifestyles and values of our target audience provide the foundation from which we begin planning our communities so that residents find meaning within them from the moment they walk in the door.

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Enhancing Communities Through Thoughtful Retail

June 21, 2021

Retail businesses are a key component of vibrant, attractive neighborhoods. They are places that draw workers, residents, and visitors throughout the day and long after the workday comes to an end. Curating the right mix of stores, restaurants, and services helps activate the streetscape and creates a sense of community for both patrons and business owners.

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Incorporating Diversity Into Our Projects

April 9, 2021

Over the years, Vulcan Real Estate (VRE) has worked with city government and nonprofit organizations via apprenticeships and job opportunities to create entry points for those commonly left out of the real estate and construction industries. As an owner of real estate assets and a capital investor in one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, we are in a unique position to be an instrument of change through the individuals and companies we hire.

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Engaging Community in Inclusive Design

January 13, 2021

Before even conceiving of the idea of Jackson Apartments, a question lingered for Vulcan Real Estate – Can we create new development in the Central Area and still honor the legacy that came before it? Throughout the process, VRE committed to asking questions and gathering insight about the wishes, desires, hopes, and fears of the community. VRE turned to a critical skill that informed each and every aspect of the Jackson Apartments’ design: listening.


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Art Meets Innovation in South Lake Union

June 9, 2020

As a hub of innovation in the life sciences and technology sectors, South Lake Union (SLU) is often known for high-rise, state-of-the-art labs and office spaces that house leading research institutions and tech companies. However, residents and visitors to SLU will also notice many pieces of public art, including sculptures, murals, intricate glasswork and modern, street-level window displays by artists from across the region and around the world.

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An Update on Our Implementation of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order

April 2, 2020

On March 23, 2020, Governor Inslee announced new guidance for workplaces in our state, including construction sites, to slow the spread of COVID‑19. Under the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, construction projects across the state are not considered essential business, with the exception of those related to necessary activities like healthcare, supporting a public purpose, or preventing issues like spoliation, damage and unsafe conditions.

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Vulcan Real Estate Announces Small Business Rent Relief

March 27, 2020

Vulcan Real Estate on Friday announced that it would not collect rent from its small business retail and nonprofit tenants for the month of April 2020 in response to the challenges they are facing given the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Preserving the Past While Protecting the Future

March 11, 2020

Founded on a deep commitment to sustainability, Vulcan Real Estate’s approach to adaptive reuse and historic preservation is visible throughout South Lake Union, which during the first half of the 20th century was home to many of Seattle’s light industrial uses. Reusing existing buildings conserves resources and limits waste, while integrating historic structures into new projects honors the past and retains neighborhood character.

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Leading Change Through Green Development

October 10, 2019

The Pacific Northwest is known for its natural beauty and Seattle, with its views of the Puget Sound and lush greenery, is no exception. In this setting, Vulcan Real Estate was founded in 2001 with a novel approach to real estate development. At the center of this philosophy is the conviction that commercial development can achieve market rates of return and positively impact the community by leading with innovative sustainable design.

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South Lake Union Block Party Turns 15!

August 16, 2019

On August 9, the South Lake Union Block Party celebrated 15 years of music, food, and community with our largest event yet. Over 15,000 guests, 70 vendor booths, and 45 sponsors, including Amazon, Jack Daniel’s, and Anheuser-Busch, came together to raise a record-breaking $50,000 for Farestart and $7,500 for the SLU Chamber—bringing the total amount raised by the event since its inception to more than $200,000.

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How South Lake Union Became a World-Class Innovation Hub

June 5, 2019

Walking through the bustling streets of South Lake Union (SLU) today, it may be difficult to believe that the neighborhood was once filled with blocks of warehouses and parking lots. The small businesses, cutting-edge life science facilities and innovative tech headquarters that now characterize SLU are a part of a relatively recent transformation that began in the 1990s.

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A Treehouse? How Sitka Reimagined Apartment Design

May 9, 2019

With job growth at an all-time high in Seattle, apartment projects are being built at an astonishing pace as developers work to meet the demand for housing. This high volume poses a specific challenge: how do developers create memorable, unique spaces that stand out from the competition? Vulcan Real Estate’s vanguard approach to this challenge is on display at Sitka, a seven-story, mixed-use project with 384 residential homes, 33,345 square feet of residential amenities and 3,143 square feet of retail.

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Creating World-Class Spaces for Business in Bellevue

April 2, 2019

With sweeping vistas of Lake Washington and the Cascades, it’s easy to understand how Bellevue, which means "beautiful view" in French, earned its name. Of all the cities on the Eastside, Bellevue has seen the most growth in the shortest time—continuing to draw technology, creative and professional service firms to its downtown core.

Answering the demand for commercial business space, Vulcan Real Estate is designing more than two million square feet of office and retail development on property it owns in downtown Bellevue. 

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Helping Women- and Minority-Owned Business Enterprises Succeed

November 2, 2018

Seattle is one of the fastest-growing cities in America with real estate construction booming in all corners of the metropolitan landscape. Despite the upswing in large-scale real estate development projects, some subcontractor companies, including women and minority business enterprises (WMBE), are unable to bid on projects because the full scope of work is often too large for their capacity.
To help include more WMBE subcontractors, Vulcan works with our general contractor to create bid packages that allow our project scopes to be broken into smaller portions. This maximizes the potential for local WMBE businesses to participate.

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South Lake Union: A Success Story

September 8, 2018

The secret to South Lake Union’s success is the framework of inclusive development that we used to redevelop our 60-acre portfolio in ways that benefit as many stakeholders as possible. It required the cooperation and support of the city, various neighborhood groups, business and property owners, urbanists and environmentalists, future tenants and other strategic partners to work toward a common vision of transforming South Lake Union into a vibrant district.

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Creating Opportunity for All in Yesler Developments

September 8, 2018

Anyone who lives or works in Seattle is all too aware of the challenges that come with being America’s fastest growing city. As our economy continues to boom, Seattle struggles with housing affordability, the homeless crisis and issues of inequality. How do we manage the challenges of success and ensure that our city remains inclusive and welcoming to people of all income levels and cultures?

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Good to Be Green: Vulcan’s Progressive Building Philosophy

September 8, 2018

Vulcan Real Estate is constantly working to improve the planet through our leadership in sustainable, green building practices. From our inception, we have been committed to building lasting value through the development of places that are socially, economically and environmentally progressive.

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