Issaquah students selected for National Merit Scholarships

May 1, 2012

Three Issaquah students have been selected as corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship recipients.

The Boeing Co. supports merit scholarship awards annually for children of employees as a part of its comprehensive aid to education programs.

Karsten A. Ball, Daniel J. Gorrie and Steven Z. Yang join approximately 1,000 high school seniors nationwide who have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations and other business organizations.

Ball and Gorrie — who attend Skyline and Interlake high schools, respectively — were awarded corporate scholarships from The Boeing Co. Ball plans to study foreign service, while Gorrie plans to study computer science.

Yang, an Issaquah High School student, received a merit scholarship sponsored by the Siemens Corp. He plans to study computer science.

Scholars were selected from students who advanced to the finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met criteria of their scholarship sponsors. Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.

Most of the awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000.

Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university of their choice.

Issaquah’s Siemens Building sells for almost $20 million

September 20, 2011

Hawaii-based A&B Properties, Inc. has acquired the Siemens Building for $19.7 million, the company announced Sept. 14.

The technology giant Siemens listed the 147,000-square-foot building along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast for sale in 2008. Siemens plans to lease space in the complex.

“This office building is well-located, approximately 16 miles east of downtown Seattle and in close proximity to the headquarters and offices of several prominent companies,” A&B Properties President Christopher J. Benjamin said in a statement.

A&B Properties is the fourth-largest private landowner in Hawaii. The company owns more than 87,000 acres, mostly on Kauai and Maui. A&B Properties’ holdings include development projects in Hawaii and mainland states.

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Issaquah office building sells for almost $20 million

September 14, 2011

NEW — 12:45 p.m. Sept. 14, 2011

Hawaii-based A&B Properties, Inc. has acquired the Siemens Building along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast for almost $20 million, the company announced Wednesday.

“This office building is well-located, approximately 16 miles east of downtown Seattle and in close proximity to the headquarters and offices of several prominent companies,” A&B Properties President Christopher J. Benjamin said in a statement.

The technology giant Siemens listed the 147,000-square-foot building for sale in 2008. A&B Properties purchased the building for $19.7 million. Siemens plans to lease space in the complex.

“The Seattle MSA is an attractive market featuring a diversified economy that continues to expand, adding high-quality technology and scientific jobs that are expected to sustain future demand for office space,” Benjamin continued. “Siemens, one of the world’s largest companies, will continue to fully lease the building, which it constructed and has occupied since 1994.”

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Officers do time for tips

April 13, 2010

Order-up! Issaquah’s police officers will serve up burgers, shakes and fries at the annual Tip-A-Cop event from noon to 8 p.m. April 17 at Issaquah’s Red Robin restaurant, 1085 Lake Drive.

Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers (left) receives compliments and an after-meal tip from Karen Price and daughter Sara, during the 2009 Issaquah Red Robin Tip-A-Cop fundraiser for Special Olympics Washington. By Greg Farrar

All of the tip money earned by the officers’ service goes directly to Special Olympics Washington. Special Olympics provides year-round sporting activities, including swimming, basketball, track and field for children and adults with special needs.

Local police agencies will also bring several law enforcement vehicles to the event and volunteers will be on hand to take photos for donations.

If having a police officer for your waiter isn’t enough, check out the crowd of motorcycles arriving at Red Robin at 2 p.m. Police officers are leading a motorcycle tour through Issaquah, coordinated with other riders from Costco, Microsoft, Siemens and Spacelabs Healthcare. The ride starts at noon at the Issaquah Microsoft campus, 21295 S.E. 51st St.

Patrons who can’t make the event can donate money to the cause at the restaurant.

Siemens property is up for sale

September 15, 2009

The sprawling Siemens complex, nestled between East Lake Sammamish Parkway and Lake Sammamish State Park, is for sale. Read more