IRG vice president talks Weyerhaeuser campus

Tom Messmer, vice president of special projects for Industrial Realty Group, LLC, reportedly revealed no concrete plans on what his firm will do with its recently acquired Weyerhaeuser campus.

  • Sunday, June 26, 2016 10:00am

Tom Messmer, vice president of special projects for Industrial Realty Group, LLC, reportedly revealed no concrete plans on what his firm will do with its recently acquired Weyerhaeuser campus.

He was willing, however, to once again describe the type of tenant IRG is seeking.

“They want a business there that’s going to be a job-producer – he emphasized that – not a job-replacer but a job-producer,”said Pete von Reichbauer, who represents the Federal Way area on the Metropolitan King County Council.

Von Reichbauer was the host of the private Wednesday breakfast meeting that invited community leaders to hear Messmer discuss where IRG stands when it comes to the 425-acre site at 33663 Weyerhaeuser Way S. in Federal Way.

Messmer’s comments closely echoed those made by IRG when the company purchased the building and the surrounding space for $70.5 million in February. Talking about his company’s plans in front of von Reichbauer’s invitation-only crowd, Messmer satisfied at least one person: von Reichbauer himself.

“Everyone I talked to said he disarmed them with his candor and openness,” von Reichbauer said. “I was impressed by the values he reflected. He talked about the importance of not just keeping jobs, but creating jobs in our region. That’s my No. 1 concern.

“He’s saying all the right things about working together for the region.”

Von Reichbauer said Messmer opened the meeting by asking the attendees what kinds of projects they had heard would occupy the Weyerhaeuser campus, drawing responses that included an education building, a Marriott hotel, residences and an “ice factory.”

While no solid intentions were made public, von Reichbauer said Messmer made overtones of trying to attract tech companies or similar tenants.

“The site is an incredibly unique site for a business park,” he said, noting that the green space and open-floor office potential should be attractive to Millennial-staffed companies who value such work atmospheres. “Our whole world, the one I grew up in, is being changed by the internet. Brick and mortar isn’t as important. The place that [Messmer] envisions will be a product of the 21st century, not the 20th century.”

The Weyerhaeuser campus was completed in 1971 and housed the corporate operations of the timber giant until the building’s sale. Weyerhaeuser announced in August 2014 it would relocate those operations to downtown Seattle, and the skeletal staff that remains in space leased from IRG by Weyerhaeuser will vacate when the new headquarters are complete.

“For the people who think about Weyerhaeuser leaving – Weyerhaeuser left,” von Reichbauer said, paraphrasing a point from Messmer and noting the parking lot at the building lately is maybe a third or a quarter full. “The company, as we think about it, really has left us already.”


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@federalwaymirror.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.federalwaymirror.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

Judge's gavel
Federal Way man sentenced to prison for taking nude photos of underage cheerleaders

In September, Jeffrey Mendoza pleaded guilty to communication with a minor for immoral purposes, assault with intent to commit sexual exploitation of a minor, according to FBI.

Arianna Graham, center, stands with members of South King Fire & Rescue. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror
Federal Way girl presented with 2021 Whitney Bellinghausen Community Service Award

Arianna Graham and her mother, Andrea, work to promote Down syndrome acceptance throughout Federal Way and communities beyond.

Stock photo
State AG Ferguson leads effort supporting local journalism

Federal legislation offers tax credits to subscribers, businesses and news organizations

File photo
Elderly woman stabbed, purse stolen by suspect | Police blotter

Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log Oct. 6-12.

tsr
9 Federal Way businesses vandalized in one week

Police do not have any suspect information.

Henry Stewart-Wood/Sound Publishing
Mayor Jim Ferrell answers a question at the Federal Way Mirror forum on Oct. 13.
Federal Way candidates talk crime, homelessness, schools

Mirror’s election forum features mayoral, city council and school board candidates.

C-17 at Joint Base Lewis McChord airstrip (courtesy of United States Military)
King County councilmember proposes program to aid transition of Afghan interpreters who served the U.S. overseas

Program would provide job training and learning opportunities for Afghan interpreters and advisors.

FWHS senior Max Meagher, center, raises his arms in celebration after a tackle on Oct. 8. Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda
Homecoming season: Upcoming football games, senior nights in Federal Way

Todd Beamer High School’s homecoming is Friday, Oct. 15 vs. Decatur.

Most Read