Lakefront Blocks – A Vulcan Real Estate Mixed-Use Development

  • Mixed Use, Multi Family, Office Shell & Core/TI
  • Wayfinding / Architectural Signage, Property ID / Exterior Signage
  • South Lake Union, Seattle, Washington

Canopy mounted exterior ID signage for Helm, one of the two multi-family communities within this large scale mixed-use project.

Canopy mounted exterior signage for Mera, the second of two multi-family developments within this two block mixed-use project.

Unit ID's create a thoughtful hallway experience.

A differentiated unit ID creates a welcoming experience.

Code signage was simple yet effective and elegant.

Additional code signage brought the high-tech feel of the project to the forefront.

Rules for one portion of the project.

And more rules in another portion of the project.

Wayfinding signage helps residents find their way in this complex development.

A mix of uses means a mix of sign types, brands and characters - all that need to be coordinated.

Why not have a little fun with amenity instructions and rules?

There are so many opportunities for character in restroom signage.

Keeping code signage simple but effective.

Shared spaces are quietly defined.

Amenity spaces are elevated from code signage.

Parking garage blade sign.

Finding the parking garage in a project of this size can be complicated. Bold signage supports user ease.

Back-of-house signage.

Large scale mixed-use including Google’s urban campus, 14,000 SF of retail and 149 multi-family units

The Lakefront Blocks is a complicated two block development that includes four towers with ground floor retail, office space and residential. The office was developed specifically for high-tech tenant, Google. With many uses spread over city blocks in downtown Seattle, the project had many layers, and many contracts. Waypoint provided wayfinding, exterior and code signage for the residential (for Vulcan Real Estate), office shell and core wayfinding and code signage for the buildings that Google would occupy (for Vulcan Real Estate), exterior property ID and parking signage for the entire project (for Vulcan Real Estate), and tenant improvement signage for both Google and GLY Construction.

With all of these uses and entry points in mind, Waypoint developed a comprehensive signage program that supports the varied users while speaking to the brand of the development – a playful high-tech community on the water’s edge, influenced by views of Lake Union, seaplanes, sailboats and the mountains beyond. Schedule was of significant importance in this complex, large-scale development, and the Waypoint team worked tirelessly to coordinate with the many outside approvers and design influencers (and in some cases design providers) to ensure that the signage was delivered within the anticipated timeline.

GLY Construction was the GC for the development, Graphite Design Group provided commercial architectural services and Runberg Architecture Group was the architect for the residential portion of the development.