PROJECT TEAM: Olson Kundig, O’Brien360, Arup, Hoffman Construction, Holaday Parks & Holmes
The latest sustainable improvements to the iconic Seattle Space Needle were a result of leadership “getting out of the way” and allowing a team of experts to update its structure. These improvements aim to achieve LEED Gold Certification while enhancing the visitor experience. Along with seismic work along the steel legs, the renovation included glass replacement of the observation tower that protects against heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter. The entire plumbing system was also replaced with low-flow features that reduced water use by more than 40% when compared to typical new buildings.