Remembering Paul Schell
By Jack Emick
Upon hearing about Paul Schell’s passing this last Sunday I turned on the local news report in time to hear this as the lead story. His many accomplishments and qualities that all of Seattle knows: past Seattle mayor, lawyer, philanthropic leader, visionary, and developer.
It’s as a developer I knew him best, as the head of Cornerstone Development. He hired EHS as one of the design consultants for the ambitious waterfront development which Cornerstone had embarked upon. We worked for him for several years on many projects. It was a bold move on his part to hire a small little known design firm to be part of that endeavor. He treated everyone with the utmost respect but required a high degree of effort, design excellence, and a rare component – FUN. To him, Cornerstone, tenants, investors, consultants were family and we worked together harmoniously.