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April 29, 2016

Renovation/Restoration Commercial Washington

Photo by Nick Merrick/Hedrich Blessing
Performance Contracting replicated historical plaster elements at the Allen Institute.

Allen Institute

Location: Seattle

Contractor: Performance Contracting

Architect: Perkins+Will

Team: GTS Interior Supply, Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel, CertainTeed Gypsum, GC Products, Scafco Steel Stud Co., USG Building Systems

The new headquarters for Allen Institute covers 270,000 square feet and six stories in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood.

The institute features an ornate terra-cotta exterior, while the interior showroom floor display has ornamental plaster elements, columns, and veneer resembling wall tiles. The east entrance facade was created with salvaged elements from the historic Ford McKay and Pacific McKay buildings.

Before the old buildings were razed, facades and plaster elements were removed piece by piece, inventoried and placed in protective storage.

Performance Contracting’s work included metal stud framing, drywall, wood ceilings, demountable glass partitions and replicated historical plaster elements. In early 2015, specialty teams from Performance Contracting unpacked and inventoried the salvaged plaster pieces at a warehouse. Plaster molds for over 400 corbels, capitals, pedestals and entablatures were precisely made.

Performance Contracting also applied over 3,500 square feet of veneer plaster and 1,800 linear feet of score lines to replicate the showroom floor. It was a meticulous and intense process to restore the facade and bring it back to its original glory.

Judge’s comment: “A breathtaking integration of old and new. The finishes bring to life the character of this beautiful structure. The attention to detail employed by the project team was a key factor in replicating the beautiful historical features.”





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