A century-old Seattle landmark, the Alaska Building was the first steel-framed skyscraper ever constructed in Seattle. Our engineers converted the space from offices into a 236-room hotel complete with a new, light steel-framed tower at the apex of building’s “L”-shaped layout. Transforming the structure while still retaining its historic character presented a challenge, but was overcome through designs that were as unobtrusive to the building’s integrity as possible. The tower itself minimizes intrusive upgrades to historic areas by providing seismic bracing to the existing building. Detailed designs that accounted for variation in the existing conditions led to the rapid construction of the steel frame in less than three months. Each phase required extensive coordination, particularly for utility and accessibility concerns involved in creating a comprehensive site design.
165,000 SF, 0.3 Acres
Clark Design Group, Graham Construction, Opus Northwest
Northwest Construction 2009 "Best Historic Renovation", NAIOP-2011 "Hospitality Development of the Year"