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July 23, 2020
Sand Point Building 9
Contractor: Enderis Co.
Architect: Tonkin Architecture
Team: International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, CWallA, Foundation Building Materials, Spears Construction Supply, CertainTeed Gypsum, ClarkDietrich/Vinyl Corp., HILTI; SCAFCO Steel Stud Co.
Renovated. Remodeled. Refreshed. These are words that would describe a typical project at an existing building. At Sand Point Building 9, another word could be used: Risen, like a phoenix from the ashes.
The dilapidated old Naval Station had been taken over by mold, rats, vagrants and drug paraphernalia. The nearly 100-year-old building presented a multitude of obstacles when turning it into 148 affordable housing units, community services and commercial tenant spaces. Building 9 is also on the National Register of Historic Places.
The ceiling needed double-layer drywall accessible to MEP for a long time, which meant wall framing had to begin before closing up the attic space. The method chosen was painstakingly laborious with 6- to 24-inch rips of drywall in an 800-foot-long building.
The design team chose to keep the 80-year-old truss-and-dormer layout, creating unimaginable angles that required unique finishes to come together. The 11 staircases were in serious disrepair, which required marrying historic and modern construction techniques and raising low walls to meet code.
Once finished, the historic stairwells became a signature feature of the project. Finally, the building had limited access points, and being organized was critical. Every stakeholder had to be creative in bringing this landmark back to its original glory.
Judges’ comment: “The Sandpoint Building #9 resuscitation is a shining example of what can be done by a team with a plan and the skills and determination to get the job done. The Enderis team met every challenge on this amazing renovation of a forgotten landmark.”