Bellevue First Congregational Church called the heart of downtown Bellevue home for 100 years. The Church facility was wearing out. Deferred maintenance and repairs exceeded the congregation’s ability to fund it. The site was a wonderful asset but the building was a liability. It was decided that the most feasible and desirable alternative was to sell the property and relocate elsewhere in downtown Bellevue. The church had tried to sell the property utilizing brokers but after 45 days and no solid offers they engaged Trinity Real Estate.
WHAT WE DID
Step one, create a massing study to understand and illustrate the sites potential, and justify strong pricing. With a new marketing strategy and support, the church received multiple offers. Quickly we closed on an all cash offer and an agreement to lease back the existing facility until a new one was ready; a detail that proved key to keeping the church family unified through the process. A new ground up facility didn’t make financial sense, so we targeted existing buildings for renovation.
We found the right property, an office building, then established a design team to transform the existing structure into an awe-inspiring and functional house of worship. The renovation was completed on budget and in time to meet the goal of holding Easter services in the new church. In addition the church now has an Operational Endowment fund to provide a healthier financial foundation for the future. The new home is loved by the congregation and the design community winning multiple internationally recognized awards for design and function.
SERVICES WE PROVIDED:
BOEING'S NEW APPROACH TAKES FLIGHT
Coordinating Boeing's facility management processes saves over $100 million in 10 years.
CINGULAR - A PHONE PLAN THAT WORKED
Cingular Wireless acquired AT&T and needed a national real estate strategy; we answered the call.
COMMUNICATING VALUE IN THE CITY OF BOTHELL
Getting negotiations back on track allows Bothell to acquire a key site in the center of town and save millions.
BUILDING A FOUNDATION OF COOPERATION FOR DES MOINES
A significant project is made possible by building a collaborative foundation where none existed.
KENMORE - AT THE CORE OF IT ALL
Bringing the City Council and citizen task force together strengthens the city's core.
A HIGHER DEGREE OF SERVICE FOR THE UW
When this growing flagship university wanted to acquire a landmark 510,000 square-foot office tower, we advised them on everything— from the purchase negotiation to financing to moving in.