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Georgetown Steam Plant Seattle, Washington

The Georgetown Steam Plant is a National Register of Historic Places listed property and designated both a National Historic Landmark and a Seattle Landmark.  A unique cultural resource, it symbolizes the physical form of early 20th century 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 U.S.  It is significant also for its association with Frank Gilbreth, a nationally-recognized expert in reinforced concrete and a pioneer in scientific management, who was in charge of the building’s design and construction.

BOLA was selected 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 provide conservation recommendations for exterior envelope, roof, and site and landscape features.  SCL intends to restore the building’s exterior and provide seismic and structural improvements, as well as make limited improvements to the immediate site surrounding the building.  The HSR, which integrates the CLR and building systems and envelope conditions reports, will guide decisions about preservation, interpretation and exhibits, and future use of the building.  Subsequent phases include contracts for re-roofing and envelope repairs, including exterior wall surfaces, windows and doors, egress stairs, and seismic and structural upgrades.

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