SEATTLE -- A Seattle developer announced Thursday it plans to build a towering new skyscraper in the heart of downtown.
Wright Runstad says it will build a 50-story mixed use tower, next to the iconic Rainier Tower in downtown Seattle. The building, based on sketches released by the developer, will be built on University of Washington tract of land and resembles a giant boot.
"The markets are strong, and this building will have unique attributes," said Greg Johnson, Wright Runstad President.
Johnson says the 1.15million square foot building will have a "distinctive mark on the skyline" when it is ready for occupancy in 2017. Wright Runstad hopes to break ground by late next year.
Johnson stressed the building will not interfere with the Rainier Tower, a modernist high rise built in 1977, and designed by Minoru Yamasaki, who also designed the World Trade Center in New York City.