GGLO Seattle Office
Union Square ownership undertook a series of modernization initiatives starting in 2015—much of which revolved around enhancing the tenant experience in Two Union Square. Completed just before its 30th birthday, Two Union retains its mantle as a quintessentially Northwest building.
The Two Union Square lobby renovation touched all common areas in the high-traffic, occupied downtown high-rise. Highlights of the project include a new exterior canopy, storefront, vestibule doors, and back-lit Barrisol ceiling at the 6th + Union entrance, 26 floors of restroom renovations, 23 multi-tenant elevator lobby renovations, and dramatic updates to the Level 2 retail concourse, central lobby, and fireplace lobby. The showpiece of the project is the Level 3 lobby renovation, which features a 9,000 square foot parabolic wood beam ceiling, bronze wall panels, and 6,500 square feet of book-matched radius stone walls with 3D fractal patterns throughout.
FARO Scanning technology supplemented the modeling effort by producing a 3D scan of the construction area. This was critical to ensure the accuracy of the model and identify above-ceiling conflicts prior to the start of demolition. FARO scanning also proved to be beneficial when ordering large radius components that aligned with existing building elements such as custom radius diffusers, radius bronze wall panels and the linear wood ceiling.
Efficient Work Plans
To maximize schedule and manpower availability, the team created an in-depth phasing + work plan. A significant portion of the work took place during the day, while noisy activities and work in the elevator lobbies were completed at night. Building tenants were routed through a temporary hall to the elevator lobbies, and work on the ceiling took place out of sight atop a scaffold structure. The team coordinated the plan in detail with the fire department and allowed for an expedited schedule that would not have been possible otherwise.