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November 10, 2016

Merit award: Stone, tile, terrazzo and marble
Amazon Tower I, Block 14

Image by NW Architectural Photography
The granite walkway offers a natural, durable surface for pedestrians.

Location: Seattle

Mason contractor: Fairweather Masonry

Architect: NBBJ

Owner: Amazon.com

General contractor: Sellen Construction

Amazon Tower I, Block 14 in Seattle’s Denny Regrade neighborhood creates a combined-use facility with corporate offices and ground-level retail.

The courtyard walkway between the buildings is a key element in unifying the buildings and connecting them with the public the company serves.

The granite walkway is a 100-percent biodegradable natural stone and a favorite for project managers and building owners who are devoted to making earth-friendly choices. The random pattern selected for the CMU and granite allowed the installers to be creative with their installation while also requiring additional care and thought with the placement of each stone.

Utilizing the natural product not only provides for a durable pedestrian surface, but it also provides for long-lasting color and easy maintenance. The stair treads are a gray precast concrete that allowed for color matching as well as easy care and installation.

The project, covering the entire three-block campus, is on track to receive LEED gold certification.

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