CBRE (Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis)

Expedia Transportation Center

CBRE requested our expertise to design a new transportation center for Expedia’s new headquarters, located in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood. 

Osborn Architects, Inc., PS (OAI), an associate Architectural Design firm of Jones Payne, served as the architect of record. OAI worked closely with CBRE and Expedia Group, Inc. to form the design and construction team for the project. OAI designed the center to enhance connectivity, providing convenient user access. The building itself was designed to be prefabricated quickly off-site and shipped to the site. The open waiting areas consist of glass-domed canopies with views of arriving buses and cars, and feature a reader board that lists all bus arrivals and departures.  The waiting area was also fabricated off-site and shipped to the site. This allowed the contractor to prepare the site concurrently with the fabrication of the building components. A coffee bar is available for employees waiting to take company buses or ride share services. The shuttle drivers have a separate office and lounge area. To ensure safe and seamless operations, there is full-time security at the center. And, as a nod to its industrial location, the building is clad in corrugated metal. 

The center, which is located along the Elliott Bay waterfront just North of downtown Seattle, was built to ease anticipated street congestion. It accommodates ride share and all company shuttle buses. It also features pedestrian-friendly access to include a walking bridge over the railroad tracks, connecting back to the Expedia corporate campus.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Helped facilitate stakeholder communication, including work with Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections & Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. 
  • Assisted in the selection of the project’s general contractor.
  • Successfully fast-tracked the project.
  • Fabricated the central passenger hub off-site to improve permitting and speed up construction schedules.