Innovative Designs Enhance Seattle’s Historic Neighborhoods

Date Posted: 09.22.2016

Two Mithun projects have been selected as finalists in the NAIOP Washington 2016 Night of the Stars Awards program, which recognizes outstanding developments from around the Northwest for their impact on community, market adaptability, ingenuity and local contributions. 200 Occidental is a finalist for the Office Development of the Year category,and Ivar’s Pier 54 Renovation was recognized in the Retail Development of the Year category. Winners will be announced at the annual gala on Friday, November 4 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue.

Respecting the history that precedes it, 200 Occidental was designed to honor Pioneer Square’s existing architecture while enhancing the contextual character with a modern, deeply-green interpretation. A high-performance curtain wall provides sun shading and a reflective backdrop to the adjacent Occidental Park, echoing and animating the features of this important public space. The building is a keystone project for Pioneer Square, Seattle’s beloved historic district. It incorporates ambitious sustainable design with LEED Platinum certification and Green Globes designations underway. The 120-foot tall structure is the tallest office building in the neighborhood, offering eight floors of modern, Class-A-plus work space and panoramic views of Elliott Bay and downtown.

The renovation of Pier 54, home to Ivar’s Acres of Clams and Fish Bar, took advantage of a nine-month waterfront closure driven by the Elliott Bay Seawall Replacement project to complete improvements to the restaurant and landmark structure. Seattle’s storied waterfront restaurant, Ivar’s Acres of Clams and Fish Bar, received a significant remodel that added more restaurant space, a new outdoor patio, a state-of-the-art and highly-efficient kitchen, and refreshed interior that pays homage to the iconic restaurant’s roots. Overcoming significant logistical and technical challenges, the renovation successfully replaced pier pilings and apron, expanded ground-level retail space and created new 21st century office space to attract workplace tenants and year-round activity to the waterfront.