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Vanbarton Bags Seattle Tower for $305M; First in Emerald City

901 Fifth Office Tower, a 41-story, 541,190-square-foot property in Seattle’s CBD has traded hands for $305 million. The buyer was New York-based Vanbarton Group, while the seller was a partnership of Schnitzer West and Investcorp.

The Class A, LEED Platinum certified property encompasses nearly a whole city block, and is fully occupied by more than 40 tenants including Pitchbook, Cray, Inc., and Milliman Care Guidelines, LLC. Roughly 18 months ago, the asset underwent a transformative, $4.6-million lobby renovation, which helped bolster its competitive market position.

NKF’s Kevin Shannon, Nick Kucha, Michael Moll, Rob Hannan and Ken White represented the seller. HFF represented the buyer.

Shannon says, “Seattle is one of the country’s most coveted office markets for institutional capital. As a result, this asset achieved a significant amount of interest from both national and international firms. Vanbarton has followed the tremendous improvement of fundamentals in Seattle and made it a target market, with 901 Fifth representing its first acquisition.”

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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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