When the Seahawks were headquartered in their second Kirkland location, the building that was on property leased from Northwest University went simply by Seahawks Headquarters.
Not anymore. When the team moved to its state-of-the-art facility along the shores of Lake Washington in Renton in August 2008, its old building was taken over by the school — which was named after Randall Barton during a May 6 ceremony.
“It was the greatest single philanthropic act ever given to Northwest University,” NU president Joseph Castleberry said during the naming event.
Why Barton? He is a former Kirkland mayor and city councilman, not to mention Northwest University alum. And, as the school’s vice president of development at the time, Barton also was instrumental in keeping the Seahawks in Kirkland when they were looking for new digs in 1985. The team had been headquartered at what is now Carillon Point since 1976.
“To have this building named after me is unreal,” Barton said in a story in this week’s Kirkland Reporter.
But appropriate, former Kirkland mayor Bill Woods said, because of what the Seahawks meant to the city.
“(The Seahawks) were here for 23 years and were always willing to contribute,” he said. “It was a huge move for our city to have them here for so many years. They were just great neighbors.”