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The Georgetown Steam Plant is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and designated both a National Historic Landmark and a Seattle Landmark. It is a unique cultural resource that symbolizes the physical form of power generation. Constructed of reinforced concrete in 1906, the building houses one of the last operable examples of the “first generation” of large-scale, vertical steam turbine electric generators in the US. It is significant also for its association with Frank Gilbreth, a nationally-recognized expert in reinforced concrete and a scientific management pioneer, who was in charge of the building’s design and construction. (The photo above left is from the Historic American Engineering Record documentation of the building).

BOLA was contracted by Seattle City Light (SCL) to provide a Historic Structure Report (HSR) and a Cultural Landscape Report (CLR) to document the history and existing conditions of the Steam Plant and to provide conservation recommendations for exterior envelope, roof, and site and landscape features.  It is SCL’s intent to restore the building’s exterior and provide seismic and structural improvements, as well as to make limited improvements to the immediate site surrounding the building. The HSR, which integrates the CLR and building systems and envelope conditions reports, will serve to guide decisions about the preservation issues, interpretation, and future uses of the building. Subsequent phases will include design for re-roofing and envelope repairs including exterior wall surfaces, windows, and seismic and structural upgrades.