Rehabilitation, Renovation and/or Restoration

University of Washington Parrington Hall

Seattle, Washington

University of Washington Parrington Hall

2021 | National Award — Merit | Rehabilitation / Renovation / Restoration

The 1902 historic Parrington Hall project is a $19M progressive design-build renovation included reconfiguring the 56,000 SF four-story classroom space. The Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance and the University sought to renovate Parrington Hall to improve the student, faculty and staff experience by providing a variety of teaching and learning spaces and to enhance the school culture by providing open social and informal spaces. The reconfigured building fosters the school community by promoting casual interaction amongst students and faculty in their intertwined communities. The project also directly reflects the school’s commitment to sustainability and stewardship for the iconic building which is the second oldest facility on the Seattle campus by preserving and celebrating the historic features of the building and modernizing the building systems.

Progressive Design-Build Sets a New Standard at UW

With multiple renovations throughout the years there were many layers of the historical building to uncover and then fit back together. A key challenge was avoiding the City of Seattle’s substantial alteration requirements. Through the progressive design-build process we collaborated with all stakeholders and found solutions to avoid pushing the project into the substantial alteration category. Navigating this threshold was critical, since required substantial alteration upgrades would have exhausted budget resources without allowing for the required program upgrades. This project is now the new model for how historic renovations will be managed on the UW campus moving forward. The team set the standard for the contract type, project teaming, MWBE/DBE/SBE tracking, and integrated design inclusive of end-user input for innovative learning environments.

Design-Build Team

Client/Owner: University of Washington
Design-Build Firm: Absher Construction Company
Architect: Integrus Architecture
Engineer: P.A.E Engineers
Specialty Contractors: AHBL, Hermanson Company, LLP, Integrus Architecture, Valley Electric Company
Construction Duration: 15 Months
Project Cost: $18,933,828.00