Grand Ridge Plaza is growing: Construction crews recently broke ground on a 5,325-square-foot building at the corner of NE High Street and 9th Avenue NE, representing the final phase of the shopping center. Two new merchants will open in the space in 2018, including popular gym Orangetheory Fitness. The second new merchant will be announced shortly.
Known for its intensive one-hour workout sessions, Orangetheory has 12 treadmills, 12 rowing machines, 12 suspension unit systems and plenty of free weights and benches for classes of 10 to 25 people. It offers one-hour group workout sessions led by personal coaches—and the first class is free. Orangetheory’s Grand Ridge Plaza studio will be similar to its Mercer Island and Bellevue locations, offering up to 10 sessions per day.
Designed by GBD Architects, Grand Ridge Plaza’s newest building will reflect the existing visual architectural character of the shopping center and surrounding community of Issaquah Highlands. It will share bicycle and car parking with BevMo!, which is located on the same block, and will feature many of the beautiful plants and trees that complement the area. Currently, crews are completing groundwork at the site, preparing sub-surfaces for the start of vertical construction this winter.
Check back for regular updates on the blog as construction progresses and Grand Ridge Plaza welcomes new merchants.
In keeping with its green building commitment, Grand Ridge Plaza will use energy efficient materials (Solarban 70 XL glazing, insulated walls and TPO roofing) as well as deep awnings and canopies for construction. In 2015, the 325,640-square-foot shopping center achieved both LEED ND (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development) and LEED Silver recognition for its efforts to incorporate sustainable design into design and development. Sustainable practices throughout the center include energy efficiency, water conservation, recycled and locally sourced materials, healthier indoor air quality and stormwater mitigation.