Residents of Seattle benefit from a rich architectural history in its built environment and the preservation and restoration of its historic structures is an ongoing community effort. One of the foundational principles of historic building restoration is to maintain fidelity to the existing historic fabric of the structure. However, this principle is not always practicable when the original building material of a structure requiring restoration is no longer available or in use in modern construction. In these instances, preservationists will employ alternative materials such as concrete and partner with commercial concrete contractors in Seattle to promote the historic character of their city.
Seattle is a city famous for its geography, culture, and skyline. Its scenic marine location is dotted with beautiful lakes and surrounded by Elliot Bay and the Puget Sound. Its mild climate, though rainy, allows residents with an umbrella to enjoy the outdoors year round. The unique culture of Seattle is home to art and film festivals and an incubator for musical styles ranging from jazz to grunge. And its singular skyline features the Space Needle, Great Wheel, and the Columbia Center. This attractive combination has made Seattle the largest city in the northwest, with 3.8 million residents in the metropolitan area, and it is continuing to grow at a rapid rate. As the city expands and builds, the developers, architects, and contractors, including commercial concrete contractors in Seattle, are also enjoying some recognition for their contributions to the city, which can now boast award-winning buildings and record-breaking construction processes.
Premier on Pine
At the 2017 American Concrete Institute Concrete Convention and Exposition, a Seattle project called Premier on Pine was recognized in the High Rise category. This prestigious competition accepts submissions from around the world and “provides a platform to recognize concrete projects at the forefront of innovation and technology, and showcases these projects to inspire excellence in concrete design and construction.” Winning second place, Premier on Pine was lauded for the work of the developers Holland Partner Group and Weber Thompson Architects; the engineering firm of Cary Kopcznyski & Company; the general contractor, Holland Construction Inc.; and The Conco Companies, the concrete contractor who provided all the cast-in-place concrete, rebar, formwork, shotcrete, and concrete pumping for the project. The award-winning building had a key innovation: compact, high-strength concrete columns and reinforcing steel that take up less space than columns of that strength have historically, achieving for the first time in Seattle the specified concrete strength of 15,000 psi in its columns.
Another project that displayed Conco’s industry-leading work in commercial concrete services was the construction of 970 Denny in the South Lake Union area in Seattle. While Conco is known for taking on challenging projects and delivering outcomes on budget and on time, with this 44 story high-rise apartment building, they also impressively expedited the construction process to complete a floor in a four-day cycle with a single shift and without working Saturdays. Others in the industry have noted that in the past it was considered exceptional to complete a floor in six-day or five-day cycles, which also often required overtime and weekend work.
The Conco Companies’ mission is to be the best supplier of concrete services in the Western U.S. and to bring expertise and incomparable quality to each project. We continue to upgrade and expand our facilities to better serve the growing market for commercial, educational, parking structures, public works projects, and other development. Contact us to learn more about the services from one of the most trusted concrete contractors in Seattle.