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May 31, 2018

Tenant Improvement
Over $5 million

Photo by Chris Burnside/Olson Kundig
Crews sealed the exterior of Saint Mark’s Cathedral and covered it in limestone.

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral renovation

Location: Seattle

General contractor: Turner Construction Co.

Owner/developer: Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral

Primary designer: Olson Kundig

Turner Construction earned the grand award for construction excellence for its work at Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in historic North Capitol Hill.

The project, called Living Stones: Building for Ministry, focused on improvements to the cathedral'ss structural integrity. The work included designing and replacing windows, adding an elevator, repairing the cathedral roofing and soffits, and sealing the exterior and cladding it in limestone.

Turner has helped maintain access to the continuously operational facility throughout the project.

The original glass windows were among of the most distinctive and memorable parts of the building. The congregation tasked Turner with honoring the spirit of these windows, such that any visitor would feel right at home after the renovation.

Along with project partners Herzog Glass, Carey Glass and Olson Kundig, Turner developed a new way to think about colored glass. Instead of using thousands of individual pieces of glass to replicate the distinctive color pattern, larger panels of glass were used. Just 12 overall windows per bay were needed.

In order to replicate the colored pattern on a single sheet of glass, Turner and Herzog Glass spent months vetting and mocking up color options provided by Carey Glass. The pattern was directly printed to the glass surface.

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