Columbia Center, with its innovative structure composed of three interlocking concave facades, is an instantly recognizable landmark on the Seattle skyline. Occupying a full city block in the heart of Seattle’s financial district, the 943 foot tower offers spectacular views of Puget Sound, Mount Rainier, and the surrounding territory from its many offices and the public observatory on the 73rd floor. Its convenient location provides easy access to Interstate 5, most major bus lines and light rail service in the Downtown Transit Tunnel. The building is just a few blocks from the historic Pike Place Market and a mere 20 minutes from Sea-Tac International Airport.
Developed by Martin Selig, the 76-story, 1.5 million square foot Columbia Center was completed in 1985. Clad in smoked tempered glass and Carnelian granite, the structure boasts 8,800 windows, 2,100 hydronic heat pumps, 48 elevators, and 6 escalators. The many technical innovations required for such a large scale project, such as viscoelastic dampers and triangle shaped bracing, enable Columbia Center to withstand earthquakes and hurricane force winds, making it one of the strongest and safest buildings in the Pacific Northwest.
• In January of 2010, Puget Sound Blood Center awarded CAC Real Estate Management Co., Columbia Center and Columbia House with their Community Service Award for outstanding support of blood donation and our ongoing partnership with the Blood Center.
• Columbia Center hosts the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's annual Scott Fire Fighter Stair Climb and Big Climb. In 2013 the two events raised $3.2 million to aid in research and patient aid.
• In 2009 Columbia Center was awarded the LEED-EB Silver Certification. Our building engineering team from Able Engineering installed over 600 low-flow fixtures that have reduced water consumption in Columbia Center by approximately 9,233,500 gallons each year!