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Adaptive Reuse Summit

Preserving, Restoring, And Transforming Seattle Landmarks For The Future

Event Ended On: Thursday October 10 2019

Registration Questions? **Please note we have pricing tiers based on ticket availability. Ticket prices will increase once we sell out of the current pricing tier. We cannot redeem a lower price once the ticket prices have been raised. **Bisnow is a cashless, checkless operation. Please only submit payment via credit card.

Events Speakers and Panels

Liz Dunn

Liz Dunn

Principal, Dunn & Hobbes
Michael Malone

Michael Malone

Chairman & Owner, Hunters Capital
Brett Phillips

Brett Phillips

VP, Sustainable & Responsible Investment, Unico Properties
John Olivier

John Olivier

SVP, Acquisitions & Development, SKB
Kathryn Rogers Merlino

Kathryn Rogers Merlino

Director, Center for Preservation and Adaptive Reuse, University of Washington
Alan Durning

Alan Durning

Founder, Sightline Insititute


Time Activity
7:30 AM
8:30 AM
Breakfast, Coffee, & Networking
8:30 AM
9:45 AM
Roundtable Discussion
The importance of preservation and adaptive reuse and how to utilize creativity to maximize ROI
9:45 AM
10:30 AM
Post-Event Networking


Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
99 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101

Ballroom/Floor: 2nd Floor

Parking Information:
Valet Parking: $35.00 per vehicle
Self Parking: 2nd & Union Parking Garage
1400 2nd Avenue, Seattle 98101 - Parking lot #1592
Early Bird: $15 in by 10am (expires after 10pm)
Hourly: $13 for 2hrs
$26 for 10hrs
$28 max

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Event Summary

Seattle, a city perpetually leading the nation in “cranes in the sky,” doesn’t only build anew. For example, Sound Transit’s HQ was Union Station, Starbucks’ headquarters was the Sears Catalog Distribution Center, and let’s not forget what Unico did to the Cobb Building in 2005. A city steeped in history like Seattle must find the center of the Venn Diagram – where restoration and preservation meet high-rise skyscraper condominiums. From the St. Edward Seminary (Kevin Daniels) to The Original Rainier Brewery (SKB) and The Colman Building (Unico again), the essence of Seattle is appropriately being saved (though transformed) while the Viaduct goes down and those high-rises go up. Join Bisnow as we discussion the importance of preserving, restoring, and transforming Seattle landmarks as the city charges into the future. With questions, recommendations, or press inquiries please email Bisnow’s Pacific Northwest Event Producer Matt Seukunian (

  1. Who are the developers participating in preservation, restoration, and adaptive reuse across the city?
  2. What benefits does adaptive reuse offer an investor, equity partner, or developer compared to a traditional ground-up development?
  3. What makes Seattle a city uniquely positioned to receive the adaptive reuse treatment?
  4. What relationship does the public sector play in the maintenance of these historic buildings and the approval of renovations once decided upon?
  5. What are some historic buildings of note that have been purchased with plans for adaptive reuse?