Energizing Capitol Hills Past, Electrifying Seattle’s Future: Engineering a historical mixed-use building with green initiatives
Originally constructed in 1926, DCI Engineers worked to revitalize this ‘character building’ under the City of Seattle Land Use Code provisions. Located in the Pike/Pine Neighborhood of Seattle, Sunset Electric is a twentieth century courtyard building that retains the original architectural façade in order to assimilate modern living spaces while still maintaining the style and charm of its original period. Sunset Electric’s amenities include an open air landscaped courtyard on the second floor, dog washing stations, BBQ area, storage space, and a green roof approximately 4,200-sf in size. Sunset Electric is anticipating a LEED® Platinum certification.
- As a part of the buildings revitalization, the interior and roof of the existing structure was removed with a new concrete basement and podium structure being constructed inside the original façade.
- A new 14,000-sf basement is being used for parking with the ground floor being a 13,300-sf commercial and common space.
- The third floor podium slab supports five stories of Type III-B wood framing for the 92-unit residential portion of the building.