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CBRE Secures Equity and Financing for Chapter Buildings I and II in Seattle’s Innovative University District

The two Class A buildings are expected to deliver in 2024 for life sciences and mixed-use

July 25, 2022

Seattle Chapter Buildings I and II

SAN FRANCISCO – July 25, 2022 – CBRE has arranged joint venture equity and $196.2 million in construction financing for Chapter Buildings I and II in Seattle, Wash. The Chapter Buildings will be new Class A buildings in Seattle’s University District (U-District), featuring life sciences, office and retail space. Construction of Building I commenced earlier this year and construction of Building II will begin in late-2022, with expected delivery in 2024.

CBRE represented the development partnership of Touchstone, a Seattle developer, and Portman Holdings of Atlanta in sourcing joint venture equity investment. The CBRE Capital Markets West Coast team of Tom Pehl, Charles Safley and Todd Tydlaska led the equity sourcing alongside James Scott and Brian Myers of CBRE Capital Advisors. Touchstone, a subsidiary of Urban Renaissance Group, and Portman are developing the mixed-use commercial project in a joint venture with Houston-headquartered Lionstone Investments.

Brad Zampa, Mike Walker and Megan Woodring of the CBRE Debt & Structured Finance team in San Francisco represented the Chapter Buildings development partnership in securing construction financing.

“While there remains a healthy appetite for financing new life science product, the continued volatility in the capital markets coupled with ‘work from home’ has caused many lenders to hit the pause button on financing office product. However, we are finding ample liquidity for best-in-class sponsors building state-of-the-art trophy assets in key submarkets. The flight to quality for both capital and tenants is real. Chapter Buildings checked all those boxes and we are thrilled with the outcome,” said Brad Zampa, Executive Vice President, CBRE.

The Chapter Buildings will consist of two buildings totaling more than 400,000 sq. ft. and make up the largest private commercial project in the U-District, where several apartment towers have been built, are under construction or planned. Chapter Building I (4530 12th Ave. NE) will be 12 stories with 240,000 sq. ft. of office space and 9,000 sq. ft. of ground-floor retail. The 10-story Chapter Building II will rise on the east side of Brooklyn Avenue Northeast and have 154,000 sq. ft. of life science and research and development, and 4,000 sq. ft. of retail.

The Chapter Buildings are adjacent to the University of Washington, one of the world’s preeminent public universities in impact and funding with $1.63 billion in sponsored research grants and contracts. The U-District, which is home to a growing office and life sciences presence, is located within 10 minutes of South Lake Union and downtown Seattle.

“Seattle’s technology, innovation and research ecosystem continues to drive enormous economic growth and activity in the region, benefitting from the unique collaboration between public and private sector organizations. The Chapter Buildings will enable the growth of these industry clusters to continue with their adjacency to the University of Washington and its preeminence as a source of research, funding, innovation and talent,” said Tom Pehl, Executive Vice President, CBRE.

According to a new report from CBRE, the Puget Sound region is the ninth-largest U.S. market for life sciences talent. The overall number of life sciences researchers in the Seattle area grew 24 percent from 2015 to 2020, the seventh-fastest growth rate among the 25 leading markets. The region also has the nation’s fifth-highest concentration of life sciences researchers as a share of its total labor force.

CBRE’s Greg Inglin, David Abbott and Laura Ford are marketing the Chapter Buildings project for lease.
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