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Entrant Name
ZGF Architects LLP

Design Team
Partners in charge: Don Miles, FAIA; Robert Zimmerman Project manager: Tim Williams Design team: Randal Bennett; Marc Chavez, AIA; Carols Bres; Tony Delles; Chris Frost; Brian Geller, Assoc. AIA; Interior designers: Kim Myran, AIA; Missy Eby Landscape architect: David Grant

Contractor: Sellen Construction Historic Preservation: Artifacts Consulting, Inc. Owner's Representative: Shiels Obletz Johnsen Civil Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers, Inc. Structural Engineer: ARUP | Coughlin Porter Lundeen Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing: ARUP | Rushing Geotechnical / Soils: Hart Crowser & Associates, Inc. Lighting Design: Pivotal Lighting Design | Affiliated Engineers, Inc. | Eleek Inc. Acoustics: Sparling Plaster Restoration: Performance Consulting, Inc. | EverGreen Architectural

Owner / Client
Seattle Department of Transportation

King Street Station

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King Street Station first opened to the public in May 1906 to much fanfare having been designed by Reed and Stem, the architectural firm responsible for New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. As the gateway to the West, the clock tower was modeled after the grand Campanile di San Marco in Venice, Italy. In 1973 the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The station itself is located in Pioneer Square, a historic district.

With the demise of train travel in the early to mid-20th century and lack of funding, the station fell into disrepair. In more recent years the station has seen commute ridership on the rise. In February 2008, the City of Seattle purchased the landmark building from Burlington Northern Railway Company for $10 as an investment in Seattle’s transit infrastructure. In 2009, the design team began working with the Seattle Department of Transportation, the community and its transportation partners to restore King Street Station to its former prominence and re-establish the station as a modern transportation hub.

The rehabilitation preserves and restores the original character of 62,400 SF station and strengthens its role as a regional transportation hub and important civic landmark at the nexus of several historic neighborhoods in the midst of an urban renaissance. The project enhances public spaces, improves pedestrian and multi-modal connections in and around the station, and has been a catalyst for additional redevelopment within the neighborhood.

Securing the station for the future, the $55 million renovation brings the facility up to modern codes and standards with significant seismic and structural updates to improve the building’s safety and durability – complying with the City of Seattle’s sustainable building and energy performance standards and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standard and Guidelines for Historic Preservation.

Core elements of the project include the rehabilitation of the iconic 12-story, 6,400 S, clock tower; repair and restoration of the original 45-foot-high ornamental plaster ceilings and halls, terrazzo and mosaic tile floors; operable windows; and the improvement of space and amenities for visitors to the station and the employees who work there. Significant upgrades to all seismic, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and fire protection systems were also made.

The rehabilitation capitalizes on materials and energy invested a century ago by reusing materials rather than replacing them. Energy models predict the building to perform 40% better than ASHRAE baseline. The project is LEED Platinum certified.