Being billed as “a dynamic high-rise community ... for those seeking the ultimate in refined luxury,” The Bravern mixed-use complex in downtown Bellevue, Wash., is slated to open in stages throughout 2008 and 2009. It is located adjacent to the Meydenbauer Center and nine miles east of downtown Seattle.

The Bravern complex in downtown Bellevue, Wash., incorporates world-class features such as a piazza.
The Bravern complex in downtown Bellevue, Wash., incorporates world-class features such as a piazza.

Two 29-story towers—The Residences at The Bravern—will offer 786,000 square feet of residential space in 450 upscale living units of three types: city homes, condominium estates, and penthouses. Also on the site will be 745,000 square feet of Class-A office space in two additional tower—one 12 stories tall and the other 23—as well as 305,000 square feet of retail space anchored by Neiman Marcus.

A seven-level, 3100-stall subterranean parking garage with four entry points will accommodate residents and the 3700 people expected to work in the complex.

The project developer, Schnitzer Northwest, used design tours of best-in-class buildings in 28 cities around the world as inspiration when developing plans for The Bravern. The end result is a design that, among other amenities, incorporates a grand arrival court and open-air plaza, creating a community gathering place. It also will include outdoor seating areas, a 17-foot-high waterfall, a stone sculpture entrance, and an outdoor fireplace.

General contractor Skanska USA Building is erecting the post-tensioned concrete structures. Overall, the project will require 111,009 cubic yards of concrete, 13,307 tons of rebar, and 2,911,555 pounds of post-tensioning cable.

For a Web cam view at how the construction is progressing, visit www.thebravern.com.

Project Participants:

  • Owner/developer: Schnitzer West, Bellevue, Wash.
  • Architect: Callison Architecture, Seattle
  • General contractor: Skanska USA Building Inc., Parsippany, N.J.