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May 27, 2016

Construction Award • Private building
$50 million-$100 million

Photo by Nick Merrick
Terra-cotta facades from the 1920s Ford and Pacific McKay buildings were incorporated into the structure.

Allen Institute

Location: Seattle

General contractor: GLY Construction

Owner/developer: Vulcan Real Estate

Primary designer: Perkins + Will

At the confluence of architecture, science, technology and craftsmanship lies the Allen Institute — an elegant, 270,000-square-foot research facility. The earliest project goal was to allow the building to be as transparent as possible in a symbolic nod to the institute’s core value of transparency.

Its seven stories house dry and wet labs, a data center, auditorium, collaborative work spaces, 9,000 square feet of retail space and underground parking.

Just like the mission of the institute depends on the collaboration of scientists from around the world, the spirit of teamwork was required to thoughtfully plan and execute this one-of-a-kind project. As part of an integrated team of architects, consultants and design-build engineers, GLY leveraged building-information modeling and lean-construction principles to resolve project challenges and meet the developer’s goals for preservation and sustainability.

The building is certified Salmon Safe and targeting LEED gold.

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