Canadian real estate investor Ivanhoé Cambridgecontinued to deploy its growth strategy in the United States with the acquisition of a 100 percent interest in the Wells Fargo Center, a 47-story, class-A office tower in Seattle with 983,600 sq. ft. of leasable space. The company’s investment of approximately $390 million brings Ivanhoé Cambridge’s share of leasable class-A space in Seattle’s financial district to nearly 8 percent.
“This acquisition, an excellent investment opportunity brought to our attention through our partner, Callahan Capital Properties, contributes to our strategy aimed at building a national platform of assets comprised of superior-quality office buildings that are well located in the U.S.,” Ivanhoé Cambridge Chairman & CEO Daniel Fournier said in a statement. “We are especially proud to have been able to execute this transaction efficiently within a short timeframe.”
Located at 999 Third Avenue, Wells Fargo Center features energy-management and environmental systems, with LEED Gold certification and a high Energy Star rating.
“Wells Fargo Center provides the opportunity to create significant value, while enabling us to grow our presence in the financial district of a city that serves as a major continental gateway and whose economic indicators are very encouraging,” emphasized Adam Adamakakis, Executive Vice President, Investments, Ivanhoé Cambridge. “We are excited to be active again in the Seattle market with this acquisition as part of the venture we formed late last year with Callahan Capital Properties. This reinforces our intent to build a national office platform together in a strategic manner.”
Wells Fargo Center’s space is in addition to the 943,600 sq. ft. of leasable area at the U.S. Bank Centre, also located in Seattle’s financial district and in which Ivanhoé Cambridge has a 50 percent ownership interest.