After establishing three locations in Seattle, the global coworking company prepares to open in downtown Bellevue
Nearly three years have passed since the global coworking company WeWork arrived in the Puget Sound region. Founded in 2010 and operating more than 100 locations worldwide, WeWork’s presence has been limited locally to three sites in Seattle. That will change this spring when the company moves into the fifth, sixth, and seventh floors of the new 31-story, 750,000-square-foot office tower that is part of Kemper Development Company’s $1.2 billion Lincoln Square Expansion.
On Tuesday, WeWork community manager Daley Smith led 425 Business on a tour of the new location. The space is still being built out, and Smith spoke over the clatter of contractors pounding hammers and working table saws as she weaved between ladders and scaffolding, bundled stacks of pink insulation material, piles of uninstalled ventilation ducts, and the framing of unfinished offices and conference rooms.
Smith held an iPad loaded with finished floor plans and design schematics. But it doesn’t take too much imagination to get a sense of WeWork’s grand vision for the Bellevue location.
The company will occupy a low bank of floors in the office tower, but WeWork members will still glimpse views of Lake Washington and Meydenbauer Bay, the Cascade mountains, and even the distant downtown Seattle skyline. Step onto the fifth floor’s landscaped terrace (an outdoor common area shared by all of the office tower’s tenants, guests staying at the adjacent W Hotel) and visitors are surrounded by downtown Bellevue’s glass-and-steel high-rises (the sixth floor offers a smaller outdoor terrace exclusive to WeWork members). And the space will have the perks found in most WeWork locations, such as high-speed internet access, wide-open communal areas with comfortable couches, a game room, and even free coffee, bottled wine, and beer on tap.
According to Smith, the Bellevue location will open in three phases, beginning with the seventh floor in April, the fifth floor in May, and the sixth floor in June. The three-floor, 75,000-square-foot space has enough desks, offices, and conference rooms to serve 1,400 WeWork members, with rent ranging from $300 (for a desk) to $4,300 (and up) for an eight-person (or more) office. To date, Smith said nearly 250 members have signed up to work at the Bellevue location.