Construction union building new headquarters

The Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, hoping to help revitalize a commercial stretch of Pacific Highway South, is moving its headquarters to south King County.

The organization broke ground March 4 for its new offices at South 252nd Street and Pacific Highway South in Kent, just north of Federal Way. Twenty-five of the council’s 115 employees will be based there.

The council is a construction trades labor union representing more than 23,000 men and women in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

A spokesman said the council anticipates the addition of its headquarters will contribute to the renewal and revitalization of the area, which is considered a transitional neighborhood with its light-industrial, large retail, small businesses, hotels and vintage establishments. In the past 10 years, the cities of Kent, Des Moines and Federal Way have redefined municipal borders in the area that was once part of unincorporated King County.

Lance Mueller & Associates Architects of Seattle designed the two-story building. The union will occupy the top floor. Space on the first floor will be available for lease by one or more tenants. Foushee and Associates is the general contractor for the project.

John Steffens, executive secretary-treasurer of the council, said the building “will improve the appeal of the area to other businesses.”

He said the area around the building is an “undiscovered jewel” with its proximity to Puget Sound, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Interstate 5, Seattle and Tacoma.

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