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May 6, 2022


Photo courtesy of Benjamin Benschneider
The most recent 60,000-square-foot renovation of the Fairmont, led by MG2 architects, discovered amazing original design elements of the building.

Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Location: Seattle

Contractor: Northwest Partitions

Architect: MG2

Team: International Union of Painters and Allied Trades; Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters; Foundation Building Materials; Award Metals; Cemco; CertainTeed Gypsum; Georgia-Pacific; Hamilton Drywall Products; Hilti; USG Building Systems

Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, the Fairmont Olympic Hotel has long been considered one of the city’s finest destinations for civic events, weddings, family gatherings and accommodations for traveling dignitaries from around the world. Constructed in 1924, the historic structure allows travelers to enjoy a world-class hotel while they take in the region’s natural beauty.

The most recent 60,000-square-foot renovation, led by MG2 architects, discovered amazing original design elements of the building, and laid out a plan to restore and highlight those details for generations to come. Northwest Partitions was called in for its experience and skills to carefully meld original and new surfaces and to restore walls and ceiling that were opened to accommodate updated MEP systems. The work included a completely revitalized lobby, a new central bar, and renovations to other significant public spaces. The classic Georgian restaurant was refreshed, and a library bar accessed through a hidden door was added.

Performing the work while keeping the hotel fully operational presented additional challenges. The expertise and hard work of the Northwest Partitions team resulted in the seamless integration of the added modern touches with the hotel’s traditional heritage.

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