Issaquah office building sells for $32 million

July 19, 2011

The hillside office center behind The Home Depot sold July 6 for $32 million.

The former owner, Piedmont Office Realty Trust, sold the 156,323-square-foot building to The Lake Washington Land Co., a Washington-based business.

The building at 22833 Southeast Black Nugget Road — officially the Eastpointe Corporate Center — had long been nicknamed for Boeing Co., a tenant. The building site encompasses 5.79 acres.

Eastpointe Corporate Center opened in 2001 and Piedmont acquired the building in 2003. The property management company is based in Johns Creek, Ga.

“The sale of Eastpointe Corporate Center further demonstrates our focus on select markets,” Raymond L. Owens, executive vice president of capital markets for Piedmont, said in a statement. “Although our investment in the Seattle market has proven to be positive, the disposition of this property allows us the opportunity to thoughtfully recycle our capital into our top 10 office markets nationally.”

Issaquah, Skyline students blast into aerospace program

July 19, 2011

Four students from the Issaquah School District will soon be studying a manned mission to Mars.

In November, 290 students applied for the Washington Aerospace Scholars Summer Residency program at The Museum of Flight. After months of homework from the program, the top 160 students — Neha Saraf and Keith Luu, from Issaquah High School, and Andrea Liu and Andrew Pedroni, from Skyline High School — earned places in the camp’s summer residency programs.

The students will team up with other high school juniors from across the state, participating in hands-on engineering challenges, such as the design, construction and deployment of robotic rovers, model rockets, lander devices and payload lofting systems.

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Engagement: Lambert, Speight

July 19, 2011

Daryl Lambert and Amy Speight

Daryl Lambert and King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert, of Redmond, announce the engagement of their son, Craig Lambert, to Amy Speight, of Mukilteo.

Speight, the daughter of Shannon and Rachel Speight, of Freeland, is a graduate of the Intercollegiate College of Nursing and works as a pediatric oncology nurse at Seattle Children’s.

Craig Lambert is a graduate of Redmond High School and a 2004 graduate of Washington State University. He is a Kappa Sigma alumnus with a degree in construction management. He works for The Boeing Co. in Everett.

The couple plans to wed in March 2012 and make their home in Mukilteo.

Georgia property manager sells Issaquah offices for $32 million

July 7, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. July 7, 2011

The hillside office center behind The Home Depot sold Wednesday for $32 million.

The former owner, Piedmont Office Realty Trust, sold the 156,323-square-foot building to The Lake Washington Land Co., a Washington-based business.

The building at 22833 Southeast Black Nugget Road — officially the Eastpointe Corporate Center — had long been nicknamed for Boeing, a tenant. The building site encompasses 5.79 acres.

Eastpointe Corporate Center opened in 2001 and Piedmont acquired the building in 2003. The property management company is based in Johns Creek, Ga.

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Issaquah, Skyline students blast into aerospace program

July 5, 2011

NEW — 5 p.m. July 5, 2011

Four students from the Issaquah School District will soon be studying a manned mission to Mars.

In November, 290 students applied for the Washington Aerospace Scholars Summer Residency program at The Museum of Flight. After months of homework from the program, the top 160 students earned places in the camp’s summer residency programs, including students Neha Saraf and Keith Luu, from Issaquah High School, and Andrea Liu and Andrew Pedroni, from Skyline High School.

The students will team up with other high school juniors from across the state, participating in hands-on engineering challenges, such as the design, construction and deployment of robotic rovers, model rockets, lander devices and payload lofting systems.

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Skyline High School students win National Merit Scholarships

June 7, 2011

Two Skyline High School Students — Saumya Copparam and Dipanwita Maulik — have won National Merit Scholarships, the National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced May 25.

Both students plan to attend the University of Southern California, where Copparam plans to study biology and medicine, and Maulik plans to study bioengineering.

Put in perspective, Copparam and Maulik are at the top of their game. Of the 1.5 million high school juniors who took the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, only 16,000 were named as semifinalists in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

To compete for a scholarship, semifinalists submitted an application that included their academic records and an endorsement from a school official. Semifinalists also had to earn top SAT scores and write an essay about their extracurricular activities, awards and leadership positions.

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Issaquah School District students win National Merit Scholarships

May 25, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. May 25, 2011

Two Skyline High School students — Saumya Copparam and Dipanwita Maulik — have won National Merit Scholarships, the National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced Wednesday.

Both students plan to attend the University of Southern California, where Copparam plans to study biology and medicine and Maulik plans to study bioengineering.

Put in perspective, Copparam and Maulik are at the top of their game. Of the 1.5 million high school juniors who took the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, only 16,000 were named as semifinalists in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

To compete for a scholarship, semifinalists submitted an application that included their academic records and an endorsement from a school official.

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State encourages hiring preferences for veterans

May 24, 2011

Issaquah attorney, lawmaker team up for groundbreaking legislation

Ted Wicorek (from right), J.W. Johnson, Booker Stallworth, Mike Gregoire, Gov. Chris Gregoire, Jim Robinson, Marjorie James, Rep. Jay Rodne, Sen. Jeff Baxter, David Black Jr. and Tom Hinman at the Wednesday signing ceremony. Contributed

David Black, a respected employment attorney and Issaquah resident, remembers the challenges his father, a Vietnam War veteran, faced after returning to the civilian workforce.

“He had a really hard time getting employment when I was growing up,” he said. “I remember him having three or four part-time jobs trying to piece something together, trying to make things work.”

Black stood alongside Gov. Chris Gregoire, state legislators and advocates late last month as the governor signed a first-in-the-nation measure to encourage private employers in Washington to hire veterans.

The legislation Black crafted and helped to pass enables private employers to voluntarily give preference to hiring veterans, or veterans’ widows and widowers.

Because the measure encourages, rather than requires, private employers to give preference to hiring veterans, the legislation does not run afoul of state or federal antidiscrimination laws. State law also prohibits employers from discriminating against job applicants due to military status.

“The way to encourage positive employment regulation that has a social origin or a social benefit as well is to make it permissive and to encourage it,” Black said.

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Off the Press

May 10, 2011

Finding the right stuff in the right place

The day after NASA announced the museums fortunate enough to receive retired space shuttle orbiters, I talked to the former astronaut responsible for leading The Museum of Flight’s bid, Issaquah resident Bonnie Dunbar.

Warren Kagarise Press Reporter

NASA passed on the Seattle museum and instead selected sites in California, Florida and New York for the grounded fleet. The orbiter Discovery had long been promised to the Smithsonian Institution.

The Museum of Flight had hoped to add Atlantis, Endeavour or Enterprise to a custom-built gallery near the prototype Boeing 747 and a needle-nosed Concorde.

Instead, the museum is due to receive a space shuttle simulator built to the same dimensions as the real deal. Dunbar, only the seventh American woman to reach space, turned disappointment about the shuttle announcement into genuine excitement about the big-ticket consolation prize.

“If you went down to the next tier below the actual vehicle, this would be it,” she said.

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Local Microsoft programmers teach at Issaquah High

April 19, 2011

Jeremy Tickman and Garrett Woodford, Issaquah High School seniors, work on computer code during the Advanced Placement computer science class taught by an instructor from Microsoft. By Laura Geggel

At 7:25 a.m., earlier than most computer programmers set their morning alarms, 14 students at Issaquah High School filter into their Advanced Placement computer science class.

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