Strategic Property Partners, LLC (“SPP”) unveiled plans for a pair of new trophy office towers within Water Street Tampa, introducing an array of work spaces, totaling approximately one million square feet, for companies looking to expand in and move to downtown Tampa, one of the country’s fastest-growing cities. As with all facets of Water Street Tampa, SPP has assembled a team of world-class architects and designers to craft and create cutting-edge and highly-amenitized office towers. The buildings are also sustainably-designed and will be WELL and LEED certified, a first for the region and a benefit for potential tenants.
1001 Water Street will be a 20-story mixed-use building with approximately 380,000 square feet of office space, designed by COOKFOX Architects. Located at the northeast intersection of Water Street and Channelside Drive, 1001 Water Street is located adjacent to the University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine, and a verdant plaza links the buildings. Designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, the plaza embraces its location within the Florida ecosystem and reveals important aspects of the region’s unique ecology while simultaneously structuring and harmonizing the public space between the adjacent buildings.
True to COOKFOX Architects’ signature biophilic design—which incorporates natural materials, natural light, vegetation, nature views, and other experiences of the natural world into the modern built environment—1001 Water Street is being designed to connect people with nature. Biophilic design has been shown to reduce stress, enhance creativity and clarity of thought, improve well-being, and expedite healing. Nine double-height exterior terraces will adorn the building’s façade, making space for people to get outside during the work day and interact with nature, while expansive floor-to-ceiling windows flood the offices with abundant natural light, bringing in a bit of the outdoors even when people are inside.
400 Channelside is conceived as a gateway and catalyst for urban engagement. Designed by the global architecture, design and consulting firm Gensler, the 500,000 square foot, 19-story tower embodies key tenants of wellness, creating an everyday experience that heightens mental and physical wellness, fluidly integrating access to the outdoors in the user’s daily activity. Accessible by two lobbies, the most notable design element of 400 Channelside will be a beautifully landscaped 30,000 square foot sky garden that connects the building’s inhabitants to the outdoors. Perched on the fourth floor, the area offers diverse spaces for outdoor meetings, informal gatherings, events, fitness activities, interaction among tenants, or a respite area to rejuvenate.
It will also be connected to other amenities including a conference center and a catering kitchen, and features an event terrace overlooking Amalie Arena’s Thunder Plaza below. The announcement of 1001 Water Street and 400 Channelside Drive comes after the announcement of new office space at Sparkman Wharf, which will instill a new sense of vitality by bringing 180,000 SF of industrial, high-ceilinged, loft-inspired creative office space that does not currently exist in Tampa. Global commercial real estate services firm JLL will exclusively handle the leasing efforts for 400 Channelside Drive and 1001 Water Street. Source by Strategic Property Partners and images Courtesy of M18 Public Relations.
Article by Marco Rinaldi