Convention Center Summit building opens

Laura Marie Rivera

After four years and a cost of nearly $2 billion, the Seattle Convention Center Summit building (900 Pine St.) opened its doors to the public last week. 

With its more than 500,000 square feet and five levels of meeting rooms and event spaces connected by an elaborate escalator system, the building nearly doubles the capacity of the Convention Center and highlights Seattle as the only city with two convention centers. It features more than $7 million in local art, as well.

City Councilmember Sara Nelson was at the opening and said she was pleased to see downtown coming back, for the conventions, customers and businesses large and small.

‘And my job is to make sure that the experience outside the building is safe and enjoyable as it is on the inside,’ Nelson said. ‘That’s on me.’

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— Photo by Laura Marie Rivera