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May 5, 2023


Photo by Allan Jenkins
Cedar Hall inside US Bank Center is a meeting place for art, culture and retail. It has a 120-foot-long sloped interior wall spanning three floors, covered with penny tiles.

US Bank Center

Location: Seattle

Contractor: KHS&S Contractors

Architect: SKB Architects

Team: Laborers International Union of North America; Northwest Carpenters Union; Armstrong World Industries; DeWalt; Hilti; Scafco Steel Stud Co.; Steeler

This project was a renovation of the interior and exterior of the US Bank Center tower podium in downtown Seattle.

A hallmark of the project is Cedar Hall — an urban, communal meeting place for art, culture and retail — featuring a 120-foot-long, 55-foot-high sloped interior wall spanning three floors, covered with penny tiles. The wall is broken up with metal-framed curving portals offset from the slope, which are clad with custom tiles, seamlessly transitioning into a curved ceiling.

KHS&S Contractors was brought in on this renovation due to its experience with high-profile projects involving complex details and specialty finishes. Because this was a renovation, the team had to deal with as-built structural locations and conditions that were often slightly different from what was anticipated from the plans. Although the team used Stud-io Computational Construction and internal modeling to get close to the design intent, adjustments had to be made prior to prefabricating the many complex bulkhead profiles.

High-end custom stone, tile and wood finishes were applied to an array of sloped, curved and otherwise complex metal stud framing elements. Two twisting and turning feature stairs were clad with gypsum veneer plaster on metal stud framing.

The work was completed with the building open for business.

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