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Insights on Greater Seattle’s Rapidly Changing City Landscape

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm | The Catalyst Loft: 701 Pike St, Suite 2125 Seattle, WA 98101

Catalyst Workplace Activation Presents: Future of Work


Seattle is fast becoming a 24/7/365 gateway city. A new and growing generation of tech employees crowd our sidewalks and fill in-city apartment buildings. Traffic is often gridlocked. And the sights and sounds of construction are all around us. As leases come up for renewal in this low vacancy landlord’s market, tenants need to plan early and carefully about their next move. Construction costs are higher than they have ever been with extended construction timelines due to permitting backlogs and lack of resources/workers.

Please join us for a moderated discussion with a panel of industry-leading experts from development, construction, and architecture to examine where are our city has been, what it is now and what it might be 25 years from now. You will come away with a better understanding of what might be ahead in our region and how to effectively make the best decisions for your companies’ growth, changes, and employee commuting plans.

This event is 90-minutes in length and includes a meal, presentation, and a panel discussion. Please RSVP below; the event is limited to 40 attendees. We look forward to seeing you.


Our moderator for this event is Paul Suzman is managing partner of OfficeLease, which pioneered tenant representation on the West Coast. He is a founding board member of VillageReach a nonprofit established shortly after the visit to Seattle by Nelson Mandela, who was also VR’s honorary chair. Among other community activities, he serves on the advisory board of UW Autism and is a past chair of Community Development Roundtable. OfficeLease represents Boston based Bright Horizons in their West Coast expansion and has negotiated leases for numerous local entities including The Seattle Foundation, Cray, and other technology companies.

Our panelists for this event are Casey Schuchart, Lynn Vandeberg, and Matt Griffin.

Casey Schuchart, the Vice President of Strategy for Schuchart, is a fifth-generation construction professional with nearly 20 years of experience in the development of ground up, commercial, industrial and tenant improvement projects. He is best known for his leadership on award-winning projects like Bullitt Center and 325 Westlake and has been instrumental in developing strong relationships with Schuchart’s longest-standing clients: Microsoft and Boeing. Casey holds a BA from the University of San Diego and an MBA from Seattle University and was honored as one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 under 40 in 2016.

Lynn Vandeberg is a 30-year veteran in the field of design and interior architecture. She is a Principal and Account Manager in the Seattle office of IA Interior Architects – a global firm focused exclusively on creating inspiring, agile and purposeful environments to help businesses, and people, thrive. Throughout her career, Lynn has led global and national project teams for a variety of retail and corporate clients including Amazon, Microsoft, and AT&T. Lynn is also one of the leaders of IA’s Asset Advisory Services which provides consulting to developers and large users looking to reposition or develop new buildings that are smart in responding to tenant demands.

Matt Griffin is managing partner of the Pine Street Group in Seattle, a real estate development firm for commercial, residential, retail, and mixed-use properties. He has spent most of the last 35 years developing property in downtown Seattle. The company recently completed Via6, a 24-story, 654-unit apartment project at Sixth and Lenora, and is currently working on a project to approximately double the size of the Washington State Convention Center. Griffin splits his time between real estate and non-profit work in Seattle. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Princeton, an MBA from Stanford, and a Master of Science in construction management from Stanford.

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