Building 47

Arts, Theatre, and Film Center

The City of Seattle Department of Parks & Recreation (SPR) is seeking proposals for the re-development and renovation of the Building 47 Theatre located within Warren G. Magnuson Park (Magnuson Park). Building 47 was designed and used as a recreation building by the U.S. Navy from 1941-1991. The building contains 50,060 square feet divided between a two-story south wing, gymnasium, swimming pool, and a 540-seat Theatre. The Theatre contains approximately 9,130 square feet including a main floor, lobby, stage, lower level (green room), mezzanine and balcony (including projection room). An indoor swimming pool room contains approximately 5,640 square feet. This RFP package requests submissions regarding the Theatre and the indoor swimming pool sections of the building only.

Through this RFP, SPR is seeking a proposer(s) that can make a significant capital investment in exchange for a long-term Agreement. Proposals should include the management and operation of arts, theatre, and film and/or cultural programming that will be open to the public. SPR does not have designated funding for this redevelopment; therefore, proposals should also include a well-defined funding plan to upgrade the building to meet all current code requirements.

Event Date  Location
RFP Package Available  
March 22, 2019  

Site Tours These are formal tours provided by SPR staff. All visitors will be required to sign-in and all questions and answers asked during the tour will be published on the RFP web site.

April 4th, 2019 at 10 a.m.

April 25th, 2019 at 1 p.m.

May 9th, 2019 at 3 p.m.

Building 47, Magnuson Park, 7110 - 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Open Houses (10 a.m. - 12 p.m.) These tours will be informal, providing teams access to the building to aid in developing proposals. All questions from these open houses will be submitted by Proposer(s) via email ( These questions and respective answers will be published on the RFP web site until the deadline noted below.

April 11th, 2019

May 23rd, 2019

May 30th, 2019

Building 47, Magnuson Park, 7110 - 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Deadline for Written Questions to SPR Questions can be sent to:

May 15, 2019  
Proposals Due to the City All proposals must be submitted by 4 p.m.

June 5, 2019 at 4 pm  
RFP Evaluations During this time-period, Proposer(s) may receive questions with a response timeline from the SPR evaluation team. Proposer(s) may also be invited by the evaluation team for an in-person interview.

June 5, 2019  through August 16, 2019  
Evaluations Team makes award recommendation to the Superintendent of SPR

September 1, 2019  
Superintendent announces award

To be determined  
Anticipated Contract Negotiation Schedule

To be determined  
Submit Agreement for City Council Approval

Following conclusions of negotiations  
Anticipated Contract Execution

Following City Council approval  

New Additions to the Building 47 RFP Web Pages

  • 8/22/2019: Amendment #2 was added to the RFP and the posted calendar has been updated with new RFP announcement dates.
  • 5/14/2019: Q&A from the May 9, 2019 building tour posted to website.
  • 5/1/2019: Q&A from the April 25th, 2019 building tour posted to website. 
  • 4/23/19: There has been recent interest in ensuring the theater is equipped with permanent Hearing Loop technology to ensure broad access to customers with varying hearing abilities. SPR asks proposers to consider researching this service and folding this technology into their proposals for the Building 47 theater. 
  • 4/23/19: Several additional hazardous materials reports uploaded. A few of these may be repeats - SPR is posting to ensure information is widely available.
  • 4/16/19: Several documents outlining Q&A from tours, open houses, and questions sent via email
  • 4/18/10: All future tours and open houses will include access to the balcony area. Seattle Parks and Recreation was able to develop a plan with the Fire Marshall's Office to provide access to this area for potential RFP proposers.
  • 4/16/19: New Building Drawing Photo: Under the building drawings from the 2000s - document title "*NEW Utility Upgrades"
  • 4/16/19: New Hazardous Materials Reports titled, "Building 47 Community Center Report."

Application Materials

Building Tour Questions and Answers Archive

This section will be updated within seven (7) business days following each business tour.

Questions Submitted to SPR via E-mail

Reference Documents

Quit Claim Deed

Hazardous Materials Reports

Building Details

Building photographs and construction drawings include Building 47 spaces not included in the RFP. The following drawings are from the 1940's and 2000's with a 2002 build out of Building 47. Some areas in the drawings are not included in the RFP. SPR recommends pairing these drawings with a building tour to finalize with a construction team.

Environmental Baseline Survey

Historic Preservation Guidelines

Warren G. Magnuson Park Strategic Development Plan

Magnuson Park Reuse Plans

Outreach and Engagement