Starbucks Center Seismic Upgrades

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project at a glance

Starbucks Center consists of several interconnected buildings built between 1915 and 1974. Combined they total more than two million square feet of office, retail, and warehouse space. Our project consisted of the replacement of the entire exterior wall for the 1945 building, which is the centerpiece of the complex. The exterior wall was severely compromised during the Nisqually earthquake of 2001.

This complex nine-month eight-phase project replaced the building’s original unreinforced masonry with metal stud walls, laid-up brick, and a prefabricated Barkshire panelized system. Installing panelized brick vs. laid-in-place brick on the majority of the building allowed for a faster and less expensive re-skin. Panelized portions of the work accommodated the schedule requirements, job costs, and limited the down time of a major transmission line along the West and East elevations. In order to complete the reskin, Turner built temporary, but “permanent-looking” walls five feet inside the exterior wall to minimize the noise, add security, and allow tenants to continue to occupy space. The project was completed on time, under budget, while occupied by more than 2,000 employees on a daily basis.

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