Ground broken on new 300,000 square foot FAA facility at Des Moines Creek Park

Groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the FAA Northwest Mountain Regional Headquarters in Des Moines, Washington, 7 June 2016.

Groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the FAA Northwest Mountain Regional Headquarters in Des Moines, Washington, 7 June 2016.

On Tuesday (June 7), the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and local leaders, officially broke ground on the new, 300,000 square foot new home for the Northwest Mountain Regional FAA offices.

This location will serve as the new home for the Northwest Mountain Regional FAA Office.

The new project will be at the corner of S. 216th Street and 24th Ave S, and will allow the FAA to consolidate its 1,425 Seattle-based workforce into a single leased facility being built in accordance with the latest government guidelines for reduced office sizes.

“GSA is proud to support the FAA with their new regional headquarters facility in Des Moines, Washington,” said Norm Dong, GSA Public Buildings Service Commissioner. “Through this new lease, FAA will be consolidating from multiple locations into a single, state of the art facility, and will be able to focus more resources on its core mission.”

GSA signed a new 20-year lease agreement with Panattoni Development Company, Inc. (PDC) in partnership with MetLife, Inc. The FAA will occupy the five-story Class A office space in the spring of 2018. The facility will provide workspace for about 1,600 people to better deliver their mission to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world.

“We are excited about moving our FAA workforce under one roof, into this new state-of-the-art building,” said KC Yanamura, FAA Northwest Mountain Regional Administrator. “This new workspace will change the way we work, as we deliver on our mission of providing the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world.”

CollinsWoerman Seattle Architects is designing the building and Abbott Construction will build it. This is the second of three phases for The Des Moines Creek Business Park, an 87-acre property that will include up to two-million square feet of flexible-use, manufacturing, office, distribution and industrial business park buildings. The FAA project is expected to complete all of phase two of the business park.

Here are some renderings:




“This project is a great public/private partnership revitalizing unused land with great cooperation among the Port of Seattle, City of Des Moines and the GSA,” said Bart Brynestad, partner at Panattoni’s local Seattle office. “We couldn’t have asked for a better kick-off to leasing this site than with the FAA as our first tenant at the Des Moines Creek Business Park.”

The building is targeted for achieving Gold LEED 2009 Core and Shell and Commercial Interiors. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certified buildings are resource efficient. They use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As an added bonus, they save money. It will be constructed using environmentally responsible construction and material selection practices and it will feature water efficient fixtures and landscaping, as well as highly efficient LED lighting.

“The partnership between the Port of Seattle, Panattoni and the City of Des Moines provides a great example of how effective public/private partnerships can be,” said Matt Pina, City of Des Moines Mayor. The result is increased economic activity and significant job creation joined with City infrastructure improvements enhancing our roadway system and access to SeaTac Airport. We are pleased to welcome GSA/FAA to the City of Des Moines.”

“The Port of Seattle congratulates the FAA on their new headquarters just minutes from Sea-Tac International Airport.” said Commissioner Courtney Gregoire. “This business park will support over 3,500 jobs when fully built out. These family wage jobs are great news for the City of Des Moines and for our entire region.”

GSA has been working with FAA to reduce their real estate costs and increase their workplace efficiencies with this national initiative strategically integrating space, people, and technology solutions customized to different workplace needs.


10 Responses to “Ground broken on new 300,000 square foot FAA facility at Des Moines Creek Park”
  1. John says:

    This is great, when will the tax dollars start to fill the coffers of the city? This and the adjacent property.

    • RC says:

      There won’t be any taxes from these properties, other than the initial fees and basic property tax. None of these buildings are points of sale so there will be no sales tax. So a pretty addition but negligible long term impact for the city budget.

      • BirchCreek says:

        I could be mistaken, but I believe our city does not have a sales tax.

        • RC says:

          I think you are right but cities receive a portion of the state sales tax and can add their own on top. Sales tax is the better income source for most cities, the lack of any real business in Des Moines is part of the ongoing financial issues

    • Dave Kaplan says:

      The City of Des Moines does collect sales tax … at the maximum rate allowed by state law.

      The City of Des Moines will receive one-time sales tax on the materials and labor used to construct the facility. In addition, we will receive ongoing property tax on the building, and a portion of the leasehold excise tax (in lieu of property tax … since it’s publicly owned ground.) We will also get utility tax on the use of phones, electricity, any cable service, and solid waste pickup. And then the City will benefit in sales tax collections from local businesses that will attract in the 1600 employees that will eventually work there, in the form of food, groceries, and other services.

      Now is the best time for someone to open a business to capture some of the income from those employees.

  2. RC says:

    Hey, even if these don’t bring in much in the way of tax dollars all those new red light cameras they are putting in will generate revenue.

  3. Joe FAA says:

    I will come to Des Moines to make money, not spend it If I bring my lunch to work, I won’t have to spend a dime. This not a shopping mall.

    • John O'Leary says:

      Joe, you might want to do some research on employment modeling and the economic impact 3,500 high wage level jobs will have in a small community like Des Moines. It goes far beyond lunch. By the way, there are huge numbers of malls/retail centers that have recently failed across America. A significant factor being Internet based commerce evidenced by the explosive growth of companies like Amazon. Enjoy your brown bag.

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