Federal Reserve Building

National Award - $75 million to $200 million

Built in 1949 and retired in 2014 due its outdated security features and minor damage sustained during a 2001 earthquake, this historic landmark now reaches for the sky with seven brand-new floors, a new seismic system, and new steel framing that accommodates the fact that the building has moved during its 70-year lifetime.

Judge comment: “The ability to connect a new structure over an existing building, and integrating seismic and lateral bracing throughout the existing building, showcases where steel has a truly unique ability to be connected and modified into an adaptive reuse of a building that otherwise could not be brought up to current codes.” -David Horowitz, executive vice president, AECOM Tishman

Owner: Martin Selig Real Estate, Seattle
Architect: Perkins & Will, Seattle
Structural engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers, Seattle
Fabricator/detailer: Metals Fabrication Co., Airway Heights, Wash. *AISC full member, AISC-Certified building fabricator*
General contractor: Lease Crutcher Lewis, Seattle
Erector: The Erection Co., Arlington, Wash.

  • Project Category: Year 2023
  • Location: Seattle, WA
  • Submitting Firm: KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • Photo Credit: 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 - Clarity Northwest Photography; 4, 6, 7 - KPFF Consulting Engineers; 5 - Lease Crutcher Lewis