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May 6, 2022


Photo by Francis Zera/courtesy VIA
Spire is a 440-foot condominium tower featuring 345 luxury units.


Location: Seattle

Contractor: Performance Contracting

Architect: VIA — A Perkins Eastman Studio

Team: Cement Masons and Plasterers Local 528; International Union of Painters and Allied Trades; Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters; CWallA; Drywall Distributors; Foundation Building Materials; GTS Interior Supply; Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel; Armstrong World Industries; Award Metals; CertainTeed Gypsum; Dryvit Systems; Georgia-Pacific; Hamilton Drywall Products; Hilti; Scafco Steel Stud Co.; USG Building Systems

Located at the borders of the Lower Queen Anne, South Lake Union, Denny Triangle and Belltown neighborhoods in Seattle, the Spire project is a 440-foot condominium tower featuring 345 luxury units. The building is designed in a triangle shape as it sits on a triangle-shaped city block. Spire is the closest high-rise to the Space Needle and offers excellent views of the city and the waterfront. The tower consists of 41 floors above grade, with two additional mechanical roof levels, and nine levels of below-grade parking.

This project features a two-story lobby, amenity spaces on levels 1-3, 40 and 41, and residential units on levels 4-39. The building features a “car vending machine,” fully automated parking system that, through a series of elevators and automated platforms, deposits and retrieves vehicles between the lower parking levels. The exterior of the building consists of mainly glass and metal panels, allowing it to blend into the Seattle skyline while standing out due to its location and unique shape.

Performance Contracting was thoroughly involved throughout this project, assisting in design elements and scheduling. Its scope of work consisted of interior and exterior metal stud framing, gypsum board assemblies, weather air barrier, thermal and batt insulation, firestopping, fireproofing, acoustical ceiling assemblies, isolated ceilings, and plaster.

The main challenge this project faced was the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. When the pandemic hit, the project was just getting into full swing, and then the entire project was shut down. This also brought along supply shortages that had to be navigated. In those uncertain times, all of the trades on the project were able to pull together to overcome these obstacles. Once the initial lockdown was over, everyone came together to get this project completed safely and with very few delays.

Overall, the Spire project is an amazing accomplishment and welcome addition to the Seattle skyline.

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