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Innovative Deep-Green Watershed Building Delivers in Seattle

Construction is now complete on Watershed, a seven-story, 72,000-square-foot Class A+ office and retail development in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. The building at Troll Avenue N. and N. 34th Street takes drastic measures to reduce energy and water use, clean stormwater, and educate tenants and visitors about how a Living Building can be a regenerative force to stressed natural systems.

Hess Callahan Partners’ Joanna Callahan, one of the building’s developers, says, “Our intent is to show that it is possible to meet cutting-edge sustainability goals, while still meeting the needs of the most demanding technology tenant.”

The Weber Thompson-designed project is pursuing Seattle’s Living Building Pilot Program (LBPP), which requires aggressive energy and water usage reductions as well as other sustainably-forward strategies.

The office spaces were 72% pre-leased prior to completion, and several tenant improvements are already underway. The project is a partnership between CoU, LLC and Spear Street Capital, with JLL’s Lloyd Low and Joe Gowan handling the office leasing.

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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