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Reminder: Oct. 3 PLACE CAPITAL presentation

TOMORROW! Don’t miss the Runstad Center Affiliate Fellows’ presentation of PLACE CAPITAL: A Live Documentary Film About Cities.

From travels to Berlin, Krakow, Fukushima and Detroit, this year’s Runstad Affiliate Fellows present alive documentary film about the changing nature of cities. From centers of trade to nodes of information and culture, the Fellows share stories about cities that have experienced destruction and renewal. What makes places resilient? How will the sharing economy reshape our urban experience? Are there better ways to approach development in our own community? Join us for an evening of moving images, stories and reflections.

October 3rd @ 6:30pm, HUB Seattle, 220 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104


Wright Runstad’s Spring District project featured in Wall Street Journal

Developers bet big on Seattle

WR Bellevue

photo credit Studio216

The Wall Street Journal recently profiled Wright Runstad & Co.’s exciting new project in Bellevue, The Spring District.  Runstad Center board member Greg Johnson, featured in the article, talks about how the Seattle area is showing dramatic growth in the demand for office development, in contrast to anemic levels of construction in other parts of the country.  More than 3 million square feet of office space is under way in the region, according to real-estate services firm Kidder Mathews.

Johnson further discusses how the Spring District project will break from tradition in car-oriented Bellevue, in a recent article from Geekwire.

Incoming MSRE students are touring the Seattle and Bellevue regional estate market today on day two of their intensive orientation period, before classes begin at the University of Washington on September 25.

Runstad students invited to tour the Cedar River watershed

Northwest Natural Resource Group is hosting a tour of the City of Seattle’s Cedar River watershed for a group of architects, developers, and builders on 11th of September. The purpose is to showcase Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forestry in action and then engage participants in a discussion about improving the flow of FSC wood into local building projects and integrating the story of local wood and forests into each project.

Runstad Center students, alumni and friends are invited to participate.  More information about the tour is available at the event page: or in the attached flyer.

Husky Stadium Is As Green As It Is Purple and Gold


UW Athletics reported good news today:  newly renovated Husky Stadium is expected to be recognized with a LEED medal from the United States Green Building council.  Developers Wright Runstad & Co., along with general contractor Turner Construction, were able to meet the needs of the university and achieve the desired space and functionality within constraints that were quite complex with regards to budget, timeframe, and location.  (Sound Transit is in the midst of underground light rail station construction on the adjacent site, with service expected to begin in 2016.)   Adding national recognition in sustainability to this list is quite an impressive achievement.  The new stadium will be officially opened and dedicated when Washington Husky Football returns to its real home and hosts Boise State on August 31, 2013.

Jon Runstad and Greg Johnson of Wright Runstad & Co. and Tom Gerlach of Turner Construction are active members of the Runstad Center Advisory Board.  We wish to congratulate them on the completion of this signature project, not only for this campus but for Husky fans everywhere!   As part of our new student orientation in September 2013, incoming MSRE students will have an opportunity to visit the finished project and hear stories about its development and construction.  We look forward to the tour!

Glenn Crellin talks to KUOW about rising rents in Seattle

Glenn Crellin, the Runstad Center’s Associate Director for Research, talked with KUOW last week about rising rents in Seattle and what they say about the economic health of our city.  Seattle has added nearly 2,000 apartments this year, but rents have gone up. The average renter in King and Snohomish counties now pays $1,190 dollars a month, a 5.8 percent increase over the past year. So what’s driving the skyrocketing rent prices? Click here to listen to Glenn’s conversation with KUOW’s Marcie Sillman: