We could have built a traditional office space in downtown Vancouver, Washington. But we wanted to create a different kind of office space that would define a new vision for lower Main street and the front door to Vancouver, drawing people into the city center to create positive momentum for continued improvements and vibrant street-level activity. The Hudson is a creative office space that has created unprecedented demand in this emerging market and proven itself as a hub for a diverse collection of businesses, from banking to biotech.
From day one, our partners were essential to the success of this project. The last of 3 buildings to be built on a blighted site just off the I-5 and Highway 14 interchange partially owned by the City of Vancouver, this project was realized through a continued partnership with the city. Our challenge was to create a new type of building that did not exist in downtown that would also be cost effective for the market. The result? An innovative approach by project architects and future tenant Mackenzie to revive load-bearing masonry, a technique that had not been used in Vancouver for a century. We worked closely with the City of Vancouver, Mackenzie’s structural engineers, and a third-party structural engineer to gain approval for this unconventional solution.
The Hudson’s brick exterior gives the building a classic and timeless feel, but the 45,000 square feet of creative office space inside takes a modern approach to workspace design. The Hudson features high ceilings, operable windows and exposed timber structure, as well as an inviting ground-floor public lobby with coffee shop. A large shared conference room keeps rent affordable for smaller companies.
What we’re most proud of is the broad cross-section of tenants that The Hudson has attracted—from banking to architecture, technology, real estate, biotech, and even a retail jeweler. What all of our tenants have in common are a commitment to their culture and employees, values that we as a company believe in too. By serving a variety of industries, we are confident that The Hudson will remain a valued presence in downtown Vancouver for the next century to come.