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1.1M square feet of warehouses

Now there are 5: IRG applies for an additional 1.5M square feet of warehouses 

All 5 of the proposed warehouses have similar designs. Click to enlarge

IRG's latest application -- for three warehouses totaling nearly 1.1 million square feet at the north end of the historic campus -- was submitted to the city of Federal Way just before Thanksgiving.

That means the city is now reviewing applications for five warehouses, including two at the south end of the campus. Combined, the five warehouses are projected to bring nearly 1,200 semi-trucks to the campus every day; 750 of those will clog the South 320th Street ramps of Interstate 5, while the remainder will jam the Highway 18/Weyerhaeuser Way area.

In addition, the five warehouses are projected to bring nearly 4,600 passenger vehicles each day. 

The proposals are:

  • Warehouse A, a 225,950 square-foot-building, 36-40 feet high, on the former Preferred Freezer/Orca Bay site. It would bring 199 semi truck trips daily. The 16-acre parcel includes 1,059 trees; 659 of them are in the interior area (not in the required buffer) and largely expected to be lost to construction. The city is expected to issue a final decision on the application soon. The decision could be appealed.
  • Warehouse B is depicted as 217,300 square feet, with a similar height to Warehouse A. It would bring 191 semi truck trips daily. The site has 1,004 trees; 848 of them are in the interior area (not in the required buffer) and largely expected to be lost to construction. Read the notice of application. SWC submitted comments in opposition to the proposal by the Oct. 30 deadline. SWC also facilitated a community letter of opposition that was eventually signed by more than 400 people.
  • 1.1M square feet of warehouses

    Greenline Business Park includes three warehouses totaling nearly 1.1 million square feet on 146 acres that include the existing Greenline Technology Center building.  It will include 1,446 parking spaces and 111 spaces for semi trailers. Access will be via four driveways off Weyerhaeuser Way. The site has 4,182 significant trees (175 of those in the required buffer) and 58 percent of them will be lost to construction.

More info: Projects page and the city's FTP site.  Also, read the marketing flyer. 

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Campus named to state preservation group's 'Most Endangered Places' list

SWC President Lori Sechrist appears in the video.

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation has named the former Weyerhaeuser Corporate Campus to its 2017 Most Endangered Places list. Read our nomination of the campus. The Trust made special presentation at the June 6 Federal Way City Council meeting.

This is the Trust’s 25th year of bringing awareness to buildings, sites and historic places around the state that are threatened by development or neglect. Of 150 properties the Trust has named to its list during that time, 100 have been saved. This means that SWC has gained another significant partner in efforts to preserve, protect and retain the unique character of the campus.

Debra Hansen during the video shoot.

The announcement was made May 20 at the Trust's "Vintage Washington" event, featuring a video that includes rare audio interviews with George Weyerhaeuser and the renowned landscape architect Peter Walker, whose design integrated the headquarters building with its environment. Also interviewed were Save Weyerhaeuser Campus President Lori Sechrist and board member Debra Hansen. 


"... if you see another building as you look up the valley or look down the lake, it does real harm to the initial building."  -- Peter Walker, campus landscape architect

"I would hope the new uses would be not totally incompatible with the quality of that which is already there."  -- George Weyerhaeuser

Due to its exceptional historic and architectural significance, particular care must be taken with any new development. New buildings must be sensitive to the original design philosophy of the campus, which emphasized integration with the landscape and environmental sensitivity.”   --The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation

Save Weyerhaeuser Campus is working to ensure that the new owners develop the 430-acre campus in a manner that protects its unique natural features, preserves its open spaces and maintains its character as required by the 1994 annexation ordinance and concomitant agreement. Our mission is:

  • Protecting the west shoreline of North Lake, the rhododendron garden and the bonsai collection.
  • Preserving wildlife habitat and crucial watershed land -- the forests and meadows of the campus -- as well as its trails and public access to them.
  • Maintaining the character of the campus through high-quality development that blends with the environment and brings living-wage jobs to the community.

$250k on tap for conservation effort

 The state Capital Budget includes money for Weyerhaeuser open space.

Happening now: Waiting for final passage by the Senate. 

Read more about our progress on the Conservation page.

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IRG preliminary plan calls for 3 more warehouses -- more than 1 million square feet -- on north end of the campus.  Visit our Projects page.

See forested land lost if IRG warehouses are approved. Visit the Maps page


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  • Urge the City Council to keep industrial development off the campuspreserve the west shoreline of North Lake for public use and protect the Rhododendron and Bonsai gardens.
  • Attend a City Council meeting: 7 p.m. Oct. 17 and 6 p.m. Nov. 7, at City Hall. Sign up to speak. Even your presence can speak volumes.
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"When the change is for all time, and involves a unique physical asset, I think we have to weigh it very, very carefully to see what price we are going to have to pay for economic progress."

George Weyerhaeuser, in a 1969 Sports Illustrated interview

Historic campus is worth saving

See what regional preservation organizations are telling the city.

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Demand appropriate development

Why is the city allowing industrial uses on a corporate campus?

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Trees traded for warehouses

Site plan proposes 3 warehouses near the Technology Center

Visit the Projects page

National attention to campus threat

The Weyerhaeuser campus is listed as an at-risk landscape by The Cultural Landscape Foundation.  Read Northwest Modernist Gem At-Risk

Renowned landscape architect Peter Walker's statement on his design of the campus

Learn more about the goal of the Landslide® program.

Watch citizen comment about the campus at City Council meetings.

Watch more citizen comments from 2016-17 council meetings.