Left:Fourth & University: The original site of the University of Washington. Unico was founded to manage the land in 1953.

Below: The historic Skinner Building in Downtown Seattle.

With our headquarters and long-standing employees rooted in the Seattle community since 1953, Unico’s corporate fabric weaves together our commitment to be a good and present neighbor, responsible corporate citizen, and dedicated steward for developing and managing commercial and multifamily real estate. The company has a long history of owning, operating, and rehabilitating historic buildings, including the Skinner Building, Cobb Building, Exchange Building, and Smith Tower in Seattle.

Core Values

  • Maintain and preserve building culture and its surrounding community
  • Protect and enhance historic buildings by restoring and creatively using space
  • Tailor human experiences to that of modern-day city needs
  • Take a people-centered approach to planning, design, and management to make great, harmonious places for people to live, work, and play
  • Use environmentally sensitive materials, sustainable resources, and efficient technologies

Keeping the past alive while making places for the future.

We focus on the spirit of the place, inspired by the people who live, work and play here.

Our team obsesses over the craft and detail of construction, ensuring that the “big” ideas of a project translate into the multitude of small moments.

We believe a great project requires a great experience.

We get to know our sites intimately. With local historians and deep research, we strive to deeply understand the historic past and existing conditions of the buildings we work with.

Careful listening means the entire team has a voice in shaping the final project design.

We understand the impact building has on the environment and we take a restorative approach to the decisions we make about buildings, sites and neighborhoods.

Community Outreach

Alliance for Pioneer Square
Barrientos Real Estate
Blanton Turner
BOLA Architects
Bullitt Foundation
Downtown Seattle Association
GGN Architects
Historic Seattle
International Living Future Institute
International Sustainability Institute
Kevin Daniels Real Estate

MaKensay Real Estate
Martin Smith Real Estate
Metropolitan Improvement District
Pioneer Square Residence Council
Rich Reel, Reel Management
Ron Wright & Associates
Samis Land Co.
Seattle 2030 District
Seattle Chamber of Commerce
Seattle City Light
Seattle Dept. of Construction & Inspection
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
Seattle Fitness

Seattle Office of Sustainability
Seattle Parks & Recreation
Seattle Parks Foundation
Sierra Club
The Nature Conservancy
TK Lofts
Urban Land Institute
Urban Visions
Washington State Department of Archeology & Historic Preservation
Washington Trust for Historic Preservation

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