2005 Poplar Nominated for Office Development of the Year!

Ls20210521 2005poplar 036

We are thrilled that our newest project has been nominated for NAIOP’s most distinguished awards in our region.  NAIOP, founded in 1967, has evolved into one of North America’s largest, most prestigious, and valuable commercial real estate organizations.

In order to be considered, a development must exhibit a development team’s commitment to an outstanding quality product, success in the marketplace, and uniqueness in design of a project. Judges will evaluate aspects such as, but not limited to, project concept and design, tenant benefits, amenities, accomplishment of overall development goals, sustainability, degree of difficulty, and innovation.  The nominations for the 2021 award are as follows:

Office Development of the Year

  • 2005 Poplar
  • Boren Lofts
  • Copper River – Phase 1
  • Fremont Crossings
  • Lakeview Office Building
  • Summit 3

Last year’s winner was 2+U, whose concept was spearheaded by Lisa Picard, President CEO of EQ Office, a true creative visionary, and her design hackathon. The year before it was Arbor Blocks by Vulcan in South Lake Union.

It is a great honor for Rowley Properties being named a finalist.  Our hope is to make our community proud with 2005 Poplar named as Issaquah’s first NAIOP award winning building.  Like the annual return of Issaquah’s beloved salmon returning home to spawn, we hope to bring this award home too.  In 2008, our LEED gold certified John L Scott building was a finalist.

Located at the gateway to Issaquah and surrounded by nature, 2005 Poplar isn’t just a four-story office building that balances the neighborhood market sector mix.  It is truly an iconic welcome to the community.  Adorned with cross laminated timber (CLT) – the first of its kind in Issaquah – and now home to REI Co-ops’ headquarters, 2005 Poplar reflects the brand of the Pacific Northwest and raises the bar for future development in the area.

2005 Poplar’s prime location at the gateway to Issaquah came with great responsibility.  The building needed to celebrate its surroundings and radiate respect for the natural environment.  The team decided early on to incorporate mass timber into the design and structure, and as the first to do so in Issaquah, embraced the opportunity to make the uncomfortable, comfortable for others going forward.

Let your nature begin™ – a simple statement with substantial meaning and influence on Rowley Properties’ priorities around property development.  As sustainability stewards who lead by example and move the needle forward with every project, the team did not hold back on making sure that the built and natural environment coexisted within 2005 Poplar.  Surrounding the property, native drought tolerant plants feed butterflies, bees, and birds and contribute to the restoration of Tibbetts Creek and its greenway.

The building itself promotes a healthy and balanced, productive day that we all seek.  2005 Poplar was designed with this in mind to deliver a paramount experience in the workplace and one that creates collaboration, energy and focus with expansive windows, natural daylighting, views (Issaquah Alps and Lake Sammamish), and a HVAC DOAS (100% fresh air from outdoors).  Access to in-building showers, bike racks and EV charging stations promote alternative forms of transportation.

Wish us luck.  Awards will be announced at NAIOP’s Night of the Stars on November 5th.