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July 23, 2020


Photo by Aaron Leitz
The elliptical shape of McKenzie Tower elegantly highlights breathtaking views of mountain ranges.

McKenzie Tower

Location: Seattle

Contractor: Performance Contracting Inc.

Architect: Graphite Design Group

Team: Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Drywall Distributors, CWallA, SCAFCO Steel Stud Co.

McKenzie Tower is among downtown Seattle’s premier residential buildings on the corner of Eighth Avenue and Blanchard Street. The 41-story building is in the heart of the Denny Triangle and South Lake Union neighborhoods, across the street from Amazon’s world headquarters.

The elliptical shape elegantly highlights breathtaking views of mountain ranges, Elliott Bay and Lake Union from each of the 450 homes. A large steel spire extends from the top of the building, creating a landmark in the area.

High-end residential features include a roof deck, yoga room, outdoor spa sanctuary and pet run. The popular Wild Ginger Restaurant is in the grand lobby at the base of the seven-story podium. Over 20 miles of interior framing and 1.7 million square feet of drywall was installed by Performance Contracting.

Judges’ comment: “The 41-story McKenzie Tower required incredible planning and precise execution. The stunning spaces place it among premier residential towers, offering unparalleled views of the mountains and Elliott Bay.”

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