Project Tour : Town Hall Seattle Renovation

Our project at Town Hall Seattle is a complete renovation of this 35,731 square foot performance arts building. The structure was originally built between 1916 and 1922 as the The Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist, church building. Our scope of work includes: seismic upgrade (structural steel /…

Read "Project Tour : Town Hall Seattle Renovation"


Seismic : Benefits of Integrated Delivery

Seismic improvements to an existing building tend to be complicated projects. The seismic fix itself may merely be the proverbial "tip of the iceberg" for a more involving project. Implementing a fix can be a technical challenge, but what is unique to this type of work is that the access…

Read "Seismic : Benefits of Integrated Delivery"


Embracing Your Chimney & Leashing Your Gargoyle

Embracing Your Chimney Masonry chimneys are an endangered species. The weaker have been toppled over the years by earthquakes or have been dismantled to avoid that very hazard. Modern heating systems do not require them, and where a chimney or venting is needed there are easier solutions to…

Read "Embracing Your Chimney & Leashing Your Gargoyle"


Renovation for Energy Savings

Seismic Retrofits often include mandated energy performance improvements and sometimes provide the opportunity for unrecognized voluntary upgrades as well. Bethany Presbyterian on Queen Anne Hill provides examples for both. This Neo- Gothic church was constructed in 1929, and was of course not…

Read "Renovation for Energy Savings"


Newsletter

Subscribe to the Rafn newsletter for a quarterly digest of our posts.

Subscribe

Photo Stream

  • What to Consider when Considering Phased Occupancy
  • Bluebeam Revu Review
  • Building Envelopes Part Three : Occupied Facilities
  • Aerogels
  • Maximizing Feedback from Customers
  • Enforcing ADA Standards
  • Hidden Underground
  • Replumbing the Historic Stimson-Green Mansion