A 30-story high rise condominium in the heart of Downtown Seattle, the Escala represents the ultimate in luxury living and urban convenience in Seattle.  Completed in 2009, the building features generous floor plans, large expansive terraces, and a luxurious residential amenity package. Escala was developed by a subsidiary of The Midby Companies, The Lexas Companies.  The Lexas Companies oversaw and managed the development of the Escala throughout the entire development process including land assemblage and entitlement, design, marketing, financing, and construction completion. Escala represents one of the largest and most valuable urban residential projects in Seattle. At 30 stories, the project features 275 luxury condominium units, an 8 story below grade parking garage, which is the second deepest parking structure in Seattle, and the largest private resident amenities facility in Seattle, featuring more than 30,000 square feet of 5 star hospitality grade space. Escala also represents a standard setting example of solid project planning and construction execution. Escala even has gained some air of infamy by becoming the back-drop for the New York Times Best Selling, Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.  When asked why she chose Escala, author E.L. James stated that she searched for “the most important apartment I could find.”

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Project Summary

275 Condominium Units ranging from 950 square feet to more than 5,000 square foot penthouses Price ranges $500,000 to $6,500,000 Project Size: 850,000 square feet

Awards and Recognitions

National Association of Home Builders -2008

  • National Gold Awards

Best Attached Home Plan-Condo or High-Rise Residence Best Website for a Community Best Buyer Retention Program

  • Nationals Silver Awards

Attached Community of the Year – Urban, Best Attached Home Plan – Condo or High Rise Residence, Best Signage, Best Website for a Community, Best Color Ad for a Single Project, Best Brochure for a Community Priced over $1 Million, Best Graphic Continuity, Best Overall Ad Campaign

  • Regional Awards

Best Attached Home Plan – Condo or High Rise Residence, Best Graphic Continuity,Best Brochure for a Community Priced Over $1 Million, Best Direct Mail, Best Black-and-White Advertisement, Best Color Ad for a Single Project, Best Radio Commercial, Best Television Commercial, Best Special Promotion, Best Signage, Best Interior Merchandising of a Model Priced Over $2 Million,Best Overall Ad Campaign.

  • Individual and Council Awards

Sales Team of the Year, Marketing Director of the Year Engineering awards

  • 2008 Gold and Honor Award for Future Value to Engineering Profession and Perception of the Public from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) – Golder Associates
  • 2012 Most Innovative Structure Award from the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois – Cary Kopczynski & Co.
  • 2012 National Design Award for multifamily housing from The Concrete Steel Reinforcing Institute – Cary Kopczynski & Co.
  • 2010 National Finalist Award in the Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards sponsored by the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations – Cary Kopczynski & Co.
  • 2010 Structural Systems National finalist Gold Award by The American Council of Engineering Companies

Golden Nugget Awards – Pacific Coast Builders Conference

  • 2010 Award of Merit – Best Interior Space
  • 2010 Award of Merit – Best Outdoor Living Space
  • 2008 Award of Merit – Best Specialty Project – Club Cielo at Escala


Development Team

  • The Lexas Companies – Developer
  • Thoryk Architecture – Design Architect
  • Mulvanny G2 – Architect of Record
  • CKC – Structural Engineering
  • DiLeonardo International – Interior Design
  • KPFF – Civil Engineer
  • Golder Associates – Shoring System Engineer
  • Weisman Design Group of Seattle – Landscape architect
  • JEDunn – General Contractor
  • The Fria Companies – Owners Construction Representative
  • Masin’s Fine Furniture – Furnishings
  • REALogics Inc. – Marketing
  • Windermere OnSITE – Listing Agent