#5. Seattle City Hall

Project cost: $72 million

Seattle's new City Hall is part of a planned Civic Center complex which includes the Justice Center.
Rendering courtesy of Bassetti Architects

Project address:
West side of Fifth Avenue, between Cherry and James streets, Seattle

Start of construction:March 2001

Summer 2003

City of Seattle

Seattle's City Hall will be part of its Civic Center complex -- a new public landmark and gathering place that includes the Justice Center (last year's number one public project in the Journal).

The Civic Center is located between Cherry and James streets, and between Sixth and Third avenues. In addition to City Hall and the Justice Center, the campus includes Key Tower, SeaPark Garage, the historic Arctic Building, and a series of civic plazas that provide a unified base for the new buildings as well as large gathering spaces spanning two city blocks.

The 210,000-square-foot City Hall will house the Mayor, City Council, Civil Law, City Clerk, Hearing Examiner, Strategic Planning Office and Office for Intergovernmental Relations. It also will have support space that includes a video studio, bicycle parking and shower rooms, loading docks and short-term parking.

The lobby, directly off Fifth Avenue, will serve as the hub for activities in the building, and provide a customer-service area for visitors. Adjacent space will include a reception room for large public gatherings and a fireplace area for quiet meetings and relaxation. Also, a venue for live performance and humanities programming called the Cultural Café will be provided.

The building design uses a number of sustainable design features to meet the LEED’s Silver Rating, including natural ventilation in the lobby to reduce energy usage, an electric car refueling station, a recirculating storm water system and low-toxicity materials.

Three plazas -- associated with the construction of the Justice Center, City Hall and the future development of the Public Safety Building (PSB) block -- lie between Cherry and James streets, and front Third, Fourth and Fifth avenues.

Construction of City Hall Plaza, part of the contract for City Hall, will start once City Hall is completed and the existing Municipal Building is demolished. It is expected to be finished at the end of 2003.


GC/CM contractor:
Hoffman Construction Co. of Washington, 1200 Westlake Ave. N., Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98109, (206) 286-6697

Bassetti Architects, 71 Columbia St., Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98104, (206) 340-9500
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, 182 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701, (570) 825-8756

Other Participants
Beliz Brother
Bush Roed & Hitchings Inc.
Christina Scheufler & Associates
Davis Langdon Adamson
Fred Zagurski Consultants
Garry Struthers & Associates
Gustafson Partners Ltd.
Hewitt Architects
KPFF Consulting Engineers
NBBJ Architects
Shannon & Wilson
Shiels Obletz Johnsen
SvR Design Co.
Swift & Co. Landscape Architects
Weinstein Copeland Architects
Wood/Harbinger Inc.
WA Botting

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