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South Lake Union Discovery Center

Centrally located at the corner of Denny Way and Westlake Avenue N., the South Lake Union Discovery Center is ideal for your community event, private party or corporate function. The Discovery Center is a stylish, flexible facility that offers a modern backdrop to complement your event—indoors or outdoors! The Discovery Center also offers a display devoted to the area’s history, information about places to do business, an interactive model of the entire neighborhood and helpful staff to guide you. To schedule a walk-through, check availability and get a quote for your event, call the Discovery Center at 206-342-5900 or email events@discoverslu.com. You can also take a virtual tour here! Please visit our business page for additional information.

Activities in South Lake Union

South Lake Union is a neighborhood with a distinct live-work-play culture. By day, you’ll see streets bustling with everyone from biologists, to tech mavens and their furry friends. They’ll be visiting the Pike Place Market Express market for fresh produce during their lunch hour, or swinging by a Pronto bicycle-sharing station en route to their next stop. At night, the robust dining scene attracts locals and visitors alike. And when it’s time to play, the options are endless. The walkable neighborhood is home to many events including the annual South Lake Union Block Party. Attractions like the REI flagship store’s indoor climbing wall and watersports at Lake Union Park keep you happy and healthy. And that’s just the start. You can stay up to date about all that South Lake Union has to offer by subscribing to the Discover SLU eNewsletter.

South Lake Union History

Although South Lake Union had humble beginnings, innovation was always a core value of the neighborhood. From sawmills fed by floating logs, to industrial pioneers, big thinkers shaped the area. This didn’t stop when Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen invested $30 million to kick-start an effort to acquire land in South Lake Union to fulfill the City of Seattle’s vision of the Seattle Commons, a massive park which would run from the downtown core to Lake Union. Although the measure was not approved, Allen shifted gears, formed Vulcan Real Estate and developed the acquired land into what you see today. South Lake Union is now home to a diverse mix of retail businesses, office buildings, condominiums and apartments, all designed with an emphasis on walkability, excellent public transportation and sustainable design and construction. The neighborhood was even designated as one of seven Innovation Districts in the United States by the Brookings Institute because of its emphasis on connectivity, technology and community.

Live & Work in South Lake Union

South Lake Union is a unique neighborhood within the City of Seattle, comprised of 170 acres of parks, community amenities, LEED-certified commercial and residential buildings as well as lakefront access and a myriad of alternative transit options. Both residents and business owners are drawn to the neighborhood because of its pedestrian-oriented infrastructure and modern approach to place-making. Public art, pocket parks and historic buildings provide tranquility and a rich culture. From retail, to life sciences, to tech startups, the one thing all businesses in South Lake Union have in common is a desire to innovate and evolve. We’re still growing, and you can join us. Contact Vulcan Real Estate’s Office and Retail Leasing department at 206-342-2000, or email geralynv@vulcan.com to discuss opportunities.

Upcoming Events

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July 21, 10:00 am

South Lake Union Redux: Tech & more Tech

This tour examines key ingredients for urban revitalization and discusses the urban design and architectural strategies at work in the vibrant, rapidly growing South Lake Union neighborhood. Participants will experience the evolution of re-investment and re-development in the neighborhood and discuss transformation of a no-mans-land into one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the country. The tour will look at the commercial growth of the neighborhood from Amazon’s historic lease agreement to today’s downtown-like expansion of residential and hospitality development. From the Denny Triangle to the shoreline of the “Little Lake” this tour shares the history of the neighborhood, explores commercial and institutional projects illustrating design adaptation in the last 10 years, and asks participants to consider what is the right mixture for successful revitalization of an urban neighborhood. The tour includes Amazon’s SLU Campus, South Lake Union Park, UW Medicine, and the Future Google & Facebook SLU Campuses (currently under construction).

Tickets can be purchased here.

Starts at the Triangle Park across from Whole Foods.

Cross streets: Westlake & Denny.

July 30 - August 17

South Lake Union Supply Surge

PEMCO Insurance is excited to present the South Lake Union Supply Surge, and we challenge you to join us!

For two weeks this summer, we’re powering a South Lake Union school supply drive to benefit six different Seattle-area public middle and high schools that have a large population of homeless students.  As a community of Seattle businesses, let’s come together to provide students the tools they need to succeed and close the opportunity gap. PEMCO will make it easy for you to join!

  • WHEN: July 30 – Aug. 17
  • WHAT:  School Supply Drive – donated supplies will benefit six Seattle middle and high schools
  • WHY:  Step up to the challenge to come together to support Seattle middle and high-school students and give them the tools they need to succeed in school.
  • HOW: Send us an email at Community@pemco.com to get started!  We’ll make it easy for you and your team to join by providing a toolkit with all the materials you’ll need to promote within your company and collect school supplies.

    We’re excited about the opportunity to partner with our neighbors for good – to make a collective impact, and to do more, for more.

    Thanks in advance for your consideration!

    Team PEMCO

    For questions, email Community@pemco.com or call Michelle Sievers at 206-628-6067

August 11, 8:00 am

Obliteride 2018

OBLITERIDE IS A WEEKEND YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS

You can bike and walk all year, but only one weekend a year is it surrounded by an amazing, cancer-fighting community, incredible food and entertainment, and an uplifting and inspiring atmosphere that is Obliteride. Mark your calendar, and start getting excited for the 6 year anniversary of an event that has become an annual tradition in the community!

This weekend brings together a community whose collective spirit of relentlessness will create the world we all want to live in. A world where cancer is behind us. As we train and fundraise throughout the year and cross the Finish Line on Saturday, Aug. 11, we remember who we Obliteride for; the loved ones who lost their battle, those currently battling, for kids who will be impacted by this disease and all those survivors who are still with us today because of research happening at Fred Hutch. This is a journey where everyone is has the same goal – better treatments, better outcomes and better lives.

Together, we’ve raised over $12 million to date; every participant-raised dollar goes toward lifesaving cancer research at Fred Hutch. Each year, we’re looking to recruit more Obliteriders, fundraise more money, have more fun and ultimately allow our scientists to explore more cures that will save the lives of our loved ones.

Check out the Top 10 Reasons to support Obliteride and Fred Hutch.

Resigration and more information for the event can be found here.

September 8, 10:00 am

South Lake Union Redux: Tech & more Tech

This tour examines key ingredients for urban revitalization and discusses the urban design and architectural strategies at work in the vibrant, rapidly growing South Lake Union neighborhood. Participants will experience the evolution of re-investment and re-development in the neighborhood and discuss transformation of a no-mans-land into one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the country. The tour will look at the commercial growth of the neighborhood from Amazon’s historic lease agreement to today’s downtown-like expansion of residential and hospitality development. From the Denny Triangle to the shoreline of the “Little Lake” this tour shares the history of the neighborhood, explores commercial and institutional projects illustrating design adaptation in the last 10 years, and asks participants to consider what is the right mixture for successful revitalization of an urban neighborhood. The tour includes Amazon’s SLU Campus, South Lake Union Park, UW Medicine, and the Future Google & Facebook SLU Campuses (currently under construction).

Tickets can be purchased here.

Starts at the Triangle Park across from Whole Foods.

Cross streets: Westlake & Denny.

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employees in South Lake Union