23rd & Union LLC
432 units | 442,756 SF
Three seven-story buildings
Mixed-income apartments and townhomes
Central public square
27,000 SF community-focused retail space at street level
Shared amenity spaces
Green roof and extensive solar panels
Outdoor public square
Art integration program with local artists
NAIOP Night of the Stars Award
AGC Build Washington Award finalist
Midtown Square is a community-focused, mixed-use project in Seattle’s Central District. Three seven-story buildings surround a central public square serving the entire community. Large floor-to-ceiling windows and carefully detailed finishes define the apartments. The project also includes shared amenity spaces, green roof and extensive solar panels. Over 27,000 SF of retail space is dedicated to 11 tenants at street level, with a focus on local businesses. Below-grade parking connects the three buildings and the outdoor public square, which features a central tree, elevated wood decks, large custom concrete planters, and sandblast paving with decorative scoring. The work of nine local artists is showcased at Midtown Square. From painted murals to art-clad siding, the building shines with character and celebrates community.
W.G. Clark self-performed seismic work and structural steel elements of a 6-story skybridge connecting the northern buildings. The skybridge is an occupied conditioned space which must accommodate wind and 18” of seismic movement while also being watertight, fireproofed, and thermally insulated. The construction team field-assembled and carefully crafted each layer of the building enclosure, tending to each joint that jogged from the exterior to interior walls, ceilings, and floors at the skybridge connection points. Tireless efforts to build mitered splices and lapped seams showed great attention to detail and a high level of craftsmanship. W.G. Clark’s use of common materials in uncommonly detailed ways resulted in a striking, yet cost effective, skybridge solution.
Before construction started, the onsite “Fountain of Triumph” sculpture was preserved for restoration and return to the site at project completion. Created by the late Dr. James Washington Jr., the fountain is a community symbol representing the beauty of life, and the struggle. After restoration by Pratt Fine Arts, the construction team made offsite visits to field-engineer solutions for plumbing, basin design, structural attachment, and finishes. The fountain now stands in a prominent location at Midtown Square.