Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - banks (buildings); built works - commercial buildings - office buildings

Designers: Thiry, Paul, FAIA, Architect (firm); Paul Albert Thiry Sr. (architect)

Dates: [unspecified]

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1101 2nd Avenue
Downtown, Seattle, WA 98101

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Alteration

Owner Rockwood Capital commissioned the Seattle architectural firm of Mithun to supervise the renovation of 1101 2nd Avenue. Mithun collaborated with the firm SGH Structural Engineers to complete the 84,000-square-foot enovation in 2015. Of this renovation, the Mithun.com web site said: "With its slender perimeter colonnade and free-spanning floors, the building presented significant seismic performance challenges. Mithun worked closely with SGH structural engineers to preserve views and large open floors through strategic placement of large concrete shear elements and reliance on carbon fiber reinforcement. The renovation overhauled structural, life safety, skin and mechanical systems while preserving the essence of this successful mid-century design by Paul Thiry, a pioneer of Northwest Modernism. With increased daylight penetration, operable windows, 180-degree views and exposed structure, the building has been transformed from a problem child into a highly desirable urban office space. The original cavernous entry felt unwelcoming and disconnected from the bustling downtown streets. A new two-story glass enclosure captures the prominent street corner, connecting passers-by with activity inside the building and enlivening the urban experience." (See Mithun.com, "Reinventing a Mid-Century Modern Workplace," accessed 10/10/2019.) The effort resulted in LEED Gold certification.

PCAD id: 23153