Pacific Northwest Architecture

Safeco Center

Also known as
The R2D2 Building
The Ban Roll-on Building
Formerly known as The Second and Seneca Building
1109 2nd Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98101
Basic Information
Designed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership
Cost $100,000,000
Type Skyscraper
Floors: 25
Neighborhood: Downtown Seattle
More Information
  • Gross floor space: 635,303 square feet
  • Net floor space: 405,000 square feet
  • Parking: 553 spaces.
  • Passenger elevators: Ten.
  • Freight elevators: One.
  • Developer: Wright Runstad & Company
  • The building's glass dome is cleaned three times a year.
  • Inside the dome is a water tower for the building's HVAC system.
  • This building has seven terraces allowing its occupants to look over Puget Sound and out to the Olympic mountains.
  • February, 1990: Demolition of the existing buildings on this lot began
  • April, 1990: Construction began
  • January 11, 1991: This building topped out.
  • September, 1991: Construction finished.
  • November 7, 1991: In a ceremony, this building's dome was illuminated for the first time.
  • April 10, 2007: This building was bought by Tishman-Speyer for $234,000,000.