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May 8, 2017

Renovation/Restoration • Washington

Photo from NWCB
The interior was gutted prior to getting rebuilt.

UW Denny Hall renovation

Location: University of Washington, Seattle

Contractor: Western Partitions

Architect: Hacker

Team: Commencement Bay Construction Products, CWallA, Drywall Distributors, GTS Interior Supply, Insulpro Projects, The Supply Guy, CertainTeed Gypsum, ClarkDietrich Building Systems, Hilti, Scafco Steel Stud Co., USG Building Systems

Originally constructed in 1895, Denny Hall is the oldest building on the University of Washington campus and eligible for the Washington Heritage Register. The last major structural renovation of this building occurred in 1956-57, and it was a priority for the UW “restore the core” program.

The 86,414-square-foot building will continue to house offices and classrooms for several College of Arts and Sciences departments. The interior was gutted, rebuilt and tied to the historic exterior brick facade to create a modern and efficient building.

Western Partitions’ work included metal-stud framing, insulation, drywall, plastering, acoustical ceilings and panels, and fireproofing. Compliance with seismic codes required building a new structural steel skeleton to brace the original facade, which was then fireproofed, framed to, and finished. All major building systems and accessibility were upgraded and hazardous materials abated.

The required preservation of existing windows and exposed timbers needing plumbing and squaring imposed many challenges that Western Partitions was able to overcome with preplanning, creative thinking and prefabrication. With collaboration and teamwork, this landmark building was completed several months ahead of schedule. It will be designated for LEED silver certification.

Judge’s comment: “Extraordinary efforts were made to preserve the 1895 Denny Hall structure by creating a new skeletal support system and updating all the interior components and finishes to provide a modern and efficient structure.”

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