Our mission is to boost the communities where we live and create environments where memories will be shared for generations to come.
Fortress Development is a commercial real estate developer and privately held investment company based in Bellevue, Washington. We tackle projects with vision and integrity. In-depth research coupled with market trend tracking helps us find development opportunities in prime locations with strong metrics and absorption.
A commitment to our employees, partners and customers is what drives our passion for building world-class developments of exceptional quality that help shape the communities, neighborhoods and cities where we live, work, and play.
We are bold. We are diverse. We have vision and integrity. We’re committed to developing places that matter, where people connect. Where life happens.
We have over half a century of combined experience. And it shows: in our commitment to owners, first and foremost, but also in our responsibility to quality and to creating homes and communities that matter. Our future depends on it.
A graduate from the University of Illinois, Andy began his extensive career in the mid-1990s, buying, selling and developing more than 80 different properties across the United States. During the early part of his career, developments ranged from convenience stores, car washes and gas stations to outposts for fast food chains like McDonald’s. In more recent years, Andy owned and developed several office buildings, mixed-use projects, large-scale commercial plazas and shopping centers. Standout projects include Park Lane, a 33-acre landmark destination for shopping and dining that spans four entire blocks and has become the most talked about intersection in Dallas. Andy also developed the Mercado Santa Clara shopping center, a 24-acre retail development located along Highway 101 in the heart of Silicon Valley’s “Golden Triangle.”
Andy’s passion and enthusiasm for real estate development has taken him around the globe, along the way finding inspiration and ideas. He brings those to Bellevue—his home, backyard and the city he loves—to create a flagship development. To that end, Andy spent more than a year finding and assembling a dream team of designers, architects, restaurateurs and other experts in their fields to help realize his vision and legacy project.
Arne’s responsibility includes consultant selection, design, pre-construction management and services, budget development and control, general contractor selection, GMP negotiation, as well as all City, State and Federal entitlements and permits.
Prior to Fortress, Arne owned and managed his own company where he provided a wide range of design, construction and real estate development management services to owners and developers for private sector office, hotel, resort and mixed-use projects. Arne was the Senior Development Manager for the Bravern while at Schnitzer West and Founding Partner of DPR Construction for Seattle and Portland’s offices following his tenure with McCarthy Construction. While at Callison Architecture, he was a member of the winning design and construction team for the Microsoft World Headquarters Campus in Redmond, and was the project architect for the first nine office buildings and the initial data center.
A member of the Bellevue Downtown Association, as well as AGC of Washington and Washington State Golf Association, Arne is also the Co-Founder of Annual ACE (Architects / Engineers / Contractors) Charity Golf Tournament benefiting the First Tee of Greater Seattle, where annual donations average $50,000.
A native Seattleite, Arne holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering and a Minor in Construction Management from Washington State University.
David has more than 30 years of accounting and financial analysis experience in real estate development, hotel operations, insurance, service industry and manufacturing. Prior to joining Fortress, David was Director of Financial Planning at Kemper Development Company, the developer and owner of Bellevue Square Mall and The Bellevue Collection, where he was responsible for debt compliance, asset valuation, partnership reporting and cost control. David also served as the Assistant Controller for Bentall Capital, where he was responsible for financial analysis and reporting for the company’s Seattle region assets.
David holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Seattle Pacific University. He is a Board Member emeritus and financial advisor for the Heart Walk Foundation, an organization that works with native Q’ero tribal villages in the high Andes Mountains of Peru by funding projects that the local people can sustain over time, that support traditional culture, and increase the quality of life for current and future generations.
A natural problem-solver and enthusiastic team player, Eric’s responsibilities at Fortress include overseeing design and building dynamic projects from inception to closeout. Over the course of his near 30-year career, Eric has developed a proven track record and dedication to every project.
Over his extensive career, Eric has managed the design and construction of fast-paced real estate projects for top-tier companies like Kimco Realty, Schnitzer West, The Mills Corporation, and Simon Property Group. Prior to joining Fortress, Eric established his own construction management business where he provided comprehensive project leadership in a wide variety of project types, including retail, mixed-use, class A office, restaurant, parking structures, warehouse and industrial properties.
Eric holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Management and Construction Management from Northern Arizona University.
Kellanne has more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate investment and development. Prior to joining Fortress, she was a real estate consultant focused on strategy, financial analysis, operational planning, management, leasing, entitlements and training for clients. She has also served as the Director of Real Estate Operations for Tarragon Property Services and was an Investment Director at Schnitzer West, LLC. In addition, she was a Vice President of Asset Management at Clarion Partners and Director of Portfolio Management at Prudential Real Estate Investors.
Passionate about education, Kellanne is a board member at Treehouse, an organization dedicated to bettering the lives of youth in foster care with a focus on high school graduation and developing a plan for their future. She is also a Trustee at Linfield College and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Washington Foster School of Business EMBA program, the University of Colorado MBA and Construction Management programs, and Linfield College Finance and Performance Management classes.
Kellanne has an MBA from the University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business.
At Fortress, David oversees the development and construction management of ground-up developments, redevelopments, capital projects and tenant improvements. He is responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s projects to ensure successful delivery of every single development.
Prior to joining Fortress, David ran his own firm, Murphy Varey, where he oversaw the development, renovation, and architectural design of a variety of projects—from retail and hospitality to commercial buildings. Prior to forming his own firm, David spend nearly a decade with the Callison Partnership and Hotel Developer Noble House on hospitality projects Nationally and Internationally.
David is a licensed architect with more than 35 years of experience in commercial projects. He is NCARB certified and is currently licensed in 38 states in the U.S.
Dee is responsible for deal structuring and negotiations, risk management and quality control at Fortress. She also oversees income and cost analysis, budgetary and reconciliation processes, contract negotiations and construction supervision.
Dee’s previous roles include Vice President and Director of Property Management for Management Northwest and Assistant Vice President at Hawaiian Trust Company.
A graduate of the University of Hawaii with graduate work at Ohio State, Dee holds various licenses and certificates, including a Certified Commercial Investment Manager (CCIM), Certified Trust Financial Analyst (CTFA), Washington State Managing Brokers License, and Washington State Public Notary.
Great projects are inevitably a mix of the familiar and the intriguing. Great places are ones that feel of the now. You’re in the heart of things when you’re in them.
Our projects feed the local as it embraces the international. We develop projects for visitors and locals—places where there’s warmth and belonging; there’s energy and buzz. We develop great places to live, shop, eat, connect. Great places to be. For the now and for the future.
Avenue is a hub of urban sophistication and spirit. It’s a bold new development where you can eat, shop and come together. Stay a night or stay a lifetime.
Currently under development, Avenue is our mixed-use project, a graceful landmark of global inspiration featuring two sleek towers connected by a Plaza and designed to become Bellevue’s new gathering destination. With an InterContinental Hotel and sophisticated homes with exceptional views, gourmet restaurants, elegant bars and shops, the best of the region is right here. Explore Avenue.