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May 26, 2017
Washington Hall modernization
General contractor: Lydig Construction
Owner/developer: Historic Seattle
Primary designer: Ron Wright & Associates
Lydig Construction completed two of the final phases of the historic renovation of Washington Hall, a 1908 performance space building in the Central District of Seattle.
Phase 3 focused on a seismic retrofit, ADA compliance, fire safety upgrades, finishes, and a performance and operating space build out. A new elevator shaft and elevator were installed, and electrical and mechanical systems were brought up to current code compliance.
The original plaster and wood finishes were restored. As part of the restoration, the fire escapes were taken off site, restored and reinstalled on the building.
During the final phase, the historic windows were restored off-site and reinstalled, and a new community recording studio was built in the space.
Original structural components (mostly wood) were left in their original condition, and seismic bracing was added (mostly wood and specialty connections). All the wood restoration and seismic work was done by Lydig team members.
In order to meet current structural and seismic codes, a shear wall was installed across the entire east face of the building. This required the removal of all interior walls, a protected stair running four stories, and protected wood trim and paneling.
During the third phase, Historic Seattle worked to gain additional funding for the final phase of the project, which would complete the top floor of the building. Historic Seattle was successful and issued a change order for the additional work for Lydig to continue the project. The client recognized the value in keeping Lydig on the team and even worked with Lydig’s marketing on public relations and involvement efforts to help keep the project active and in the spotlight.