Western Avenue Building Renovation | Seattle

The Western Building lives again, following a complex seismic and structural upgrade. The 103-year-old historic building, formerly the site of multiple artist studios, sank to unstable levels in poor soil, and slid over six inches with a piece of the façade hanging over the street. It required extensive structural and seismic modifications to withstand the deep tunnel boring set to commence directly beneath it in mid-2013 for the new WA-99. Work was packaged and sequenced to allow replacement of interior columns with concurrent installation of a new foundation system under and around the existing foundation, plus all new shell and core improvements. In Phase I, the 90,000 square foot building also received a new roof, roof structure, 24-stall parking garage, stair and elevator core, and electrical service.


Owner: L&B Property Investments

Architect: Ron Wright & Associates