Commuter Building

  • Location: Seattle, WA
  • Year: 2000
  • Client: John Jacobi
  • Architect: Richard Lawson
  • Photos: William Wright

Rafn Company renovated the former Turner & Pease and Commuter buildings at 815 Western Avenue to create 57,500 square feet of office and retail space in a single structure. The building was formerly a freezer warehouse built in the 1900’s. It was suffering significant rot problems, and portions of this building were in a state of collapse. This required reconstructing over half of the timber-framed floors. The project also included adding a new floor of penthouse offices.

  • Seismic Retrofit
  • Foundation Replacement and Pin Piling
  • Exterior Refurbishment
  • Window Replacement/Restoration
  • New Elevator
  • New Core & Shell Mechanical and Electrical Systems

This project is a transformation story of a truly derelict building, and its rejuvenation as a successful office and retail center at the hub of Seattle ferry commuter activity.

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