From his office in Seattle’s Columbia Center, Todd Summerfelt can see through nearby skyscrapers. Many of their floors are empty.
As chief operating officer for Carney Badley Spellman, Summerfelt is exploring whether the law firm should stay or move to a nearby tower when its lease expires in 2016.
He won’t be looking for the most prestigious address or the best view — “it’s going to be where we perceive the best value.”
Like the law firm, many traditional downtown tenants are getting by with less space due to technology and slower growth, while the tech firms that have driven Seattle’s office boom haven’t shown much affinity for the central business district.