LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kilroy Realty Corporation (NYSE: KRC) today announced that it completed the acquisition of West 8th, a 28-story, LEED Platinum, 539,000 square foot office building in Seattle. The premier office project is located in the vibrant and highly amenitized Denny Regrade submarket. Anchored by Amazon, Inc., West 8th will bring immediate strategic benefits, including enhancement to the company’s already strong tenant credit profile, the potential to increase below-market rents on a near term expiration and the expansion of the company’s best-in-class office portfolio that meets the needs of the modern tenant.
West 8th, built in 2009, is located directly across the street from Amazon’s nearly five million square foot newly constructed headquarters campus. The project includes unmatched transit access and proximity to numerous retail amenities and features a walk score of 100 and a transit score of 100. The building is fully leased and anchored by Amazon, which leases approximately 70% of the space through April 2023 at rents significantly below market.
The $490 million acquisition will increase the company’s Greater Seattle portfolio to just under three million square feet, including the recently completed and fully leased 333 Dexter project. Additionally, West 8th is just two blocks from the company’s SIXO development site, which is planned for a two-phased office development totaling approximately one million square feet, alongside a separate parcel which can accommodate up to 600 multifamily rental units. The West 8th project further expands the company’s presence in one of the premier technology office markets in the country.
“We believe the Denny Regrade submarket continues to be extremely well positioned for strong rental growth over the coming years and West 8th, which offers an unrivaled location, will help deliver solid earnings growth and value creation for our shareholders,” said John Kilroy, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer.
About Kilroy Realty Corporation
Kilroy Realty Corporation (NYSE: KRC, the “company”, “Kilroy”) is a leading U.S. landlord and developer, with operations in San Diego, Greater Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, the Pacific Northwest and Austin, Texas. The company has earned global recognition for sustainability, building operations, innovation and design. As pioneers and innovators in the creation of a more sustainable real estate industry, the company’s approach to modern business environments helps drive creativity and productivity for some of the world’s leading technology, entertainment, life science and business services companies.
Kilroy is a publicly traded real estate investment trust (“REIT”) and member of the S&P MidCap 400 Index with more than seven decades of experience developing, acquiring and managing office, life science and mixed-use projects.
As of June 30, 2021, Kilroy’s stabilized portfolio totaled approximately 14.2 million square feet of primarily office and life science space that was 91.8% occupied and 93.6% leased. The company also had more than 1,000 residential units in Hollywood and San Diego, which had a quarterly average occupancy of 71.9%. In addition, Kilroy had seven in-process development projects with an estimated total investment of $2.9 billion, totaling approximately 3.4 million square feet of office and life science space. The office and life science space was 57% leased, which included the June commencement of the KOP 2 project.
A Leader in Sustainability and Commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility
Kilroy is listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and has been recognized by industry organizations around the world. Kilroy’s stabilized portfolio was 74% LEED certified, 42% Fitwel certified, the highest of any non-government organization, and 72% of eligible properties were ENERGY STAR certified as of June 30, 2021.
The company has been recognized by GRESB, the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark, as the listed sustainability leader in the Americas for six of the last seven years. Other honors have included the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trust’s (NAREIT) Leader in the Light award for six consecutive years and ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for eight years as well as ENERGY STAR’s highest honor of Sustained Excellence, for the past six years.
A big part of the company’s foundation is its commitment to enhancing employee growth, satisfaction and wellness while maintaining a diverse and thriving culture. For the second year in a row, the company has been named to Bloomberg’s Gender Equality Index—recognizing companies committed to supporting gender equality through policy development, representation, and transparency.
More information is available at http://www.kilroyrealty.com.
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