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August 4, 2022

Cushing Terrell moves to historic Agen Warehouse

Photos by Mark Woods [enlarge]
The new office has plenty of communal space.

The interior palette is dominated by cooling gray, blue and white tones.

Multidisciplinary design firm Cushing Terrell has a new home at 1201 Western Ave. on the seventh floor of the historic Agen Warehouse, also commonly known as the Olympic Warehouse and Cold Storage Building.

In a press release, the firm said it decided to move from its former location in Queen Anne to accommodate a growing staff and adapt to a shift in workplace expectations post-pandemic.

Cushing Terrell now occupies 9,000 square feet of office space in the former warehouse. The building was originally constructed in 1910 for John B. Agen (1856-1920), widely considered the father of the dairy industry in the Northwest. The architect was John Graham & Co. The property is a city landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Cushing Terrell's new penthouse workspace was added as part of a renovation in 1986.

The new space responds to the needs of a post-COVID-19 workforce, specifically the desire for more flexible and residential-type areas. What were formally private offices have been converted to a large kitchen, dining space, and breakroom that can double as a scenic event space boasting uninterrupted views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. Huddle rooms of varying sizes, a “living room,” and a private rooftop deck also define the office's dynamic and adaptable design.

Cushing Terrell undertook tenant improvements for its new workspace in partnership with Abbott Construction. “We love that our interior design team was able to show off their talents within our own workspace,” associate principal Chris Aageson said in the release. “They have created not only a beautiful space for our team, but one that responds to a new way of working. It will be a pleasure to share this view and versatile office with colleagues, clients, and community organizations. We look forward to hosting visitors and events and enjoying warm afternoons on the rooftop deck.” The firm also said that the move reflects its commitment to reoccupying and revitalizing Seattle's downtown.

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