Located 25 miles south of Seattle, WA in the City of Federal Way, the Weyerhaeuser International campus is a sprawling 260-acre wooded site that includes the Weyerhaeuser Corporate Headquarters building with recreational and forested areas. Designed by architect Edward Charles “Chuck” Bassett of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill (SOM) and Peter Walker of Sasaki, Walker and Associates (SWA) and PWP Landscape Architecture, and completed in 1972, the Weyerhaeuser Company’s headquarters was the first notable suburban corporate campus on the West Coast and is significant for its remarkable site planning, integration of built and natural environment, and planting schemes.
The Weyerhaeuser campus is currently owned by Industrial Realty Group (IRG), which plans to build 1.5 million square feet of warehouse space on the 425-acre site. A master plan completed in mid-1970s, shortly after the campus was built, indicated areas appropriate for such development, but the current plan does not follow these recommendations, exceeding the area historically allowed for development. If completed, this speculative series of new construction could negatively impact historic viewsheds and compromise the original structure's relationship to the the site. IRG has turned down design assistance from Walker, SOM partner Craig Hartman, and SWA managing principal René Bihan.