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April 17, 2015
Contractor: Firstline Systems
Architect: JPC Architects
Team: Cemco, CertainTeed Gypsum, Drywall Distributors, Kilroy Realty Corp., USG Building Systems
The Pokémon tenant improvement project is located on the 16th and 17th floors of the Key Center in Bellevue. This project consisted of a total buildout of each floor.
Many details of this project were unique. The ceiling on the 17th floor was referred to as the “poke-ball” because of the off-angled walls, soffits, ceilings and an unusual hard-lid ceiling. The framing, drywall and finishing of this ceiling was critical because of the special lighting. Both elevators had angled, hard-lid ceilings and soffits.
When peering from the outside in, all the offices look like floating pods. The new stairwell has precise, off-angled framework at the wing walls.
The biggest challenge was the radius hard-lid ceiling over the stairwell on the 17th floor. All the work had to be done on scaffolding, which was set up over the new staircase on the 16th floor.
The wing walls around the stairwell were challenging because each one was a different size and angle. With excellent coordination by all trades, the general contractor and the architect, all obstacles on this project were overcome for a beautiful result.
Judge’s comment: “The fascinating design along with outstanding craftsmanship have combined to create an environment that contributes to a stimulating place to work. This office space will be used as an example of how to construct an ideal place to work for many years.”