Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Aspira Apartments in Seattle open under budget and ahead of schedule

The brand-new Aspira Apartment Tower located on the corner of Terry Avenue and Stewart Street in downtown Seattle has begun leasing and the official grand opening celebration was held on Saturday, March 20.

“Our local project development team, Urban Partners LLC, Keller CMS, Inc., LMN Architects and Turner Construction, was able to design and build Aspira, the most state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly high-rise apartment building in Seattle, significantly under budget and more than two months ahead of schedule, even in this tough economy,” said John Schwartz, Northwest regional director of Keller CMS, Inc. Other project partners include O’Connor Capital Partners and Real Estate Capital Partners.

Aspira is also on track to be the first and only Four-Star Certified Built Green high-rise residential building in Seattle. The tower has an array of sustainable features and is the first building of its kind in Seattle to provide electric car recharging stations in its resident-only parking lot.

The 37-story apartment building features 325 homes with 22 unique floor plans. Every home has clean lines, high ceilings and wall-to-wall windows to take in the spectacular views with operable windows throughout. Over 40 percent of the residences are corner units and have decks or outdoor terraces.

The public spaces throughout the building are decorated with an extensive collection of artwork, many of the pieces done by locally renowned artists. On the 11th floor, the tower features a fully-equipped fitness area and adjoining yoga studio, a state-of-the-art media room and a large, furnished community room, connected to an outdoor terrace with stunning views.

Here's coverage of the grand opening on Q13 FOX and KOMO 4:

Erin McCallum Op-Ed in the PSBJ

Check out this op-ed written by Erin McCallum, president of Enterprise Washington, which was published in the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Enterprise Washington is a network of company, association and private sector leaders who are committed to economic prosperity for all Washingtonians. Enterprise Washington uses a combination of nonpartisan research, candidate recruitment, fundraising and grassroots education to help elect business savvy Democrat and Republican legislators in Washington state.

Overlake Hospital and others celebrate the life of Larry Larsen

Eastside Fire & Rescue hosted a celebration of life event for Larry Larsen, who died four times in three days after a massive heart attack in January. After 10 days of intensive treatment at Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue, he made a remarkable recovery and was able to get up and walk out on his own.

The celebration was held on Monday, March 15 at the Eastside Fire & Rescue Headquarters. The Larsens, along with all the medical professionals from Overlake Hospital, Bellevue Fire and the Alpine Animal Hospital who played a part in saving Larry’s life were in attendance.

Read more on the event from the Issaquah and Sammamish Reporter newspapers.

Cashmere Molding Incorporated gets a new look

Cashmere Molding Incorporated, an innovative and growing plastics molding company based in Woodinville, Wash., now has a new look. The plastics molder recently renovated the offices in its manufacturing plant and now has just unveiled a new company logo.

Cashmere Molding will also launch a brand new Web site in early April 2010.

Overlake Hosts Student Robotics Competition

Overlake Hospital Medical Center invited students from several Eastside-area high school robotics clubs to try their hand at using the hospital’s newly acquired da Vinci Surgical System, the latest advancement in minimally invasive surgery. The students didn't perform any surgical procedures, but instead competed against each other as they tested their abilities on some of the typical skill-building tasks surgeons use to learn the robotics-enhanced system.

Issaquah High student Greg Finch finished first, winning a trophy and a $100 gift certificate to an electronics store.

Check out coverage of the competition in the Seattle Times and the Bellevue Reporter.