Northwest NEWS

August 2, 1999

Business

New construction booms in Woodinville

building 2 building 1
New construction is changing the look
of downtown Woodinville.
The first tenants of Synergy Construction's
new building will be moving in this month.
Photos by Amber LaZelle.

by Amber LaZelle

   New construction continues throughout Woodinville. Here are a few of the many projects:

Synergy Building

   The new Synergy Building, next to the Woodinville Park & Ride and Frontier Bank on 140th Ave. NE, will be open later this month. A two-story office building, it is close to 10,000 square feet with an elevator and hidden air-conditioning system. Synergy Construction, owners and builders, are leasing out the entire building.

   "The goal is to build a truly Class-A office space that ends up being something you can be proud of for a long time," says Pamela Stewart, president of Synergy Construction, who said they chose an architectural style different from most of Woodinville's buildings to give more variety in the area.

   "We hope that the builiding will give us some economic diversity," says Stewart, who believes their tennats will offering Woodinville citizens access to a greater variety of professionals.

   Morgan Stanley & Dean Witter, a New York-based stock brokerage, has signed a ten-year lease with an option for an additional ten years for the entire lower level. The building will eventually house three tenants, according to Stewart.

   "We at Synergy are 20-year Woodinville residents," Stewart said. "We love the community and wouldn't want to live anywhere else. We wanted to give the city something we can be proud of."

   Synergy Construction, a Woodinville-based business, recently renovated the lobby of Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. The company is also well-known for developing low-income housing and shelters and will be a participant in construction of the new low-income development slated for Woodinville.

   "We don't just build buildings for someone to give us a check and say 'thanks,'" says Stewart. "We build for the community."

Heated Storage

   Construction of a new storage building continues on the southwest corner of the Woodinville-Duvall Road and NE 195th Street.

   Owned by North Woodinville Heated Storage and built by Sierra Construction, the building is three stories high with a basement. Opening early in the year 2000, the building covers some 88,000 square feet.

   According to the city, size and placement of the building have raised some citizens' concerns that the western view down NE 195th will be obstructed. However, according to Nathan Pate, planner for the City of Woodinville, the corner is a controlled intersection, and the city sees no cause for concern.

   "Past the intersection, the speed limit reduces to 25 miles per hour," he says. "The view of the building should pose no problem for those obeying the speed limit."

   The style of the building was not designed to give the impression of being a storage unit. "If they put in more windows and entrances, you would think it's an office building," says Pate.

More buildings

   The Chateau Ste. Michelle winery is building a new barrel room that will cover some 45,000 square feet. This development is not so much the creation of a new barrel room, but a reconfiguration of the winery's storage, says Katie Sims, spokesperson for Ste. Michelle.

   "Right now, we have several small rooms where we keep our barrels," said Sims. "We wanted a place to centralize our barrels, a state-of-the-art facility where we can control the temperature, humidity, and ventilation, as well as have greater space."

   The former barrel rooms will be opened for other things, she adds.

   "Some of the space will be used as offices, and some will expand our capacity for cased goods," said Sims. The new barrel room will be opened Sept. 15.

   Eddie Bauer will open their 52nd Eddie Bauer Outlet store in early November in Woodinville.

   The outside shell of the 8,500 sq. ft. store is nearing completion at their new location located in front of the Target store on the northwest corner of Garden Way NE and NE Mill Place.

   "In addition to overstocked items, the new store will be selling products specifically made for Eddie Bauer's Outlet Stores," said John Kelly, Eddie Bauer's Manager of Marketing. "It has not yet been determined who will be managing the store."