The renovation of Pier 56 contributes to the preservation of Seattle’s downtown waterfront by creating new office and retail space in an unconventional building. Originally constructed in 1900, adaptive reuse of the historic building required seismic upgrades to the predominately timber structure and coordination with a concurrent upgrade of the supporting pier. Our firm worked closely with the architect to preserve the interior open space by placing shear walls where they would be least disruptive and cutting dozens of new windows into the old warehouse facade. The resulting design allowed for lighting and views that had never been seen before within the old structure. Guided by sustainable principles, the renovation minimized the use of new finish materials by instead sandblasting and exposing much of the beautiful historic heavy timber framing.
Martin Smith Inc.
Daly & Associates, Abbott