Skanska USA Commercial Development announced it will begin work on 2+U, a lifted, 38-story office tower in the heart of Seattle’s urban core. Named for its home at Second Avenue and University Street, the building is situated at one of the most desired downtown locations to become available in decades, with civic and cultural neighbors that include Benaroya Hall—also built by Skanska, the Seattle Art Museum, Pike Place Market, the future waterfront park and the downtown transit tunnel. The building offers 665,000 square feet of office space lifted to 85 feet, revealing a 24,000 square-foot outdoor urban village that includes arts and entertainment spaces, restaurants and retail—open to the public and accessible during every season. To create the one-of-a-kind experience, Skanska sought and received an alley vacation from the City of Seattle.
Realwear wearable technology brings Multiplex Video Streaming and Server Side recording to the job site in addition to being a blindspot solution for heavy equipment. Crane operators and remote experts were able to see exactly what the riggers and iron workers see elevating the level of safety on the entire job site. Remote experts can monitor a critical pick from anywhere, on multiple sites per day.