When observing the Seattle skyline, Smith Tower stands out as an iconic reminder of Seattle’s early bustling years and as what was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi. The 42-story tower had been poorly maintained since its 1914 construction, however, requiring a complete refurbishment to restore it to its original elegance. Our firm provided seismic upgrades, restoration of the lobby, and coordination of installation of new electrical systems, air conditioning, plumbing, and fiber optic communications systems. Our experience with historic renovations and adaptive reuse projects allowed us to take a targeted approach to seismic reinforcement, augmenting the existing strengths of the structure and avoiding invasive options. We were among the first to take advantage of new preservation rules allowing light wells to be filled during historic reservations, which opened up the interior spaces. Concentrating new lateral elements at the infill allowed the building to remain partially occupied throughout construction.
Samis Land Company