Van Vorst Building Reuse
Preserving a 20th Century Landmark Building: Engineering a retrofit of the C.B. Van Vorst Company building in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood
The C.B. Van Vorst Company Building in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood has been a longstanding iconic feature since 1909. As a result, the preservation of the historic facility became a priority. DCI Engineers provided structural design solutions that allowed the building to be retrofitted and rebuilt.
- The building’s interior framing and a portion of the exterior walls were completely demolished with the only remaining elements consisting of the front façade and half of each side façade.
- Provided details for construction sequencing to temporarily support the existing façade while allowing the construction of the new interior steel framing.
- Van Vorst and the adjacent buildings all host the Amazon headquarters.