Bellevue Beat | Renderings of Bellevue's Global Innovation Exchange university in Spring District
City of Bellevue recently approved the design review proposal from developer Wright, Runstad & Company for the construction of the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) building in Bellevue's Spring District.
The new GIX building will contain approximately 90,390 square feet of university/office space and approximately 3,473 SF of retail space located on the ground floor. In addition, there will be approximately 5,500 square feet of deck spaces on the exterior of the building. Parking will be accommodated in two levels of underground garage with approximately 210 spaces, with an entry/exit from 123rd Avenue NE.
Renderings of the new university building show it will be a three-story structure with a folded roof and vertical expanses of glass to evoke an urban character reminiscent of more vernacular warehouse structures, but with a strong modern aesthetic. An angular roof profile, with a total height of approximately 55 feet at the highest point in the roof line, provides for a unique building design. The second floor will have an approximately fifteen foot deep outdoor deck on the west side of the building. The third floor will also have an approximately fifteen foot deep outdoor deck on the east side of the building which wraps around to the south side of the building.
The new GIX building will have several low impact development features and will seek LEED certification.
Announced in June 2015, GIX is a joint venture between the University of Washington and Tsinghua University in China with $40 million in foundational backing from Microsoft. GIX's technology master's program will bring together exceptional students, teachers, entrepreneurs and industry professionals from around the world to spark innovative approaches to solving the world's big challenges.
GIX will open its doors in the fall of 2016 with an inaugural program of about 40 students based on a 15-month master's degree in technology innovation to support the growth in connected devices. Enrollment is expected to hit 3,000 by 2025.
Published: May 15, 2016
Renderings courtesy of NBBJ