Renton, WA| 2018

This 10,000 sf Renton building was a diamond in the rough when we were first approached by the Owner, who was in the process of purchasing the building for his new gym location. The building, built in 1950 as a car dealership, had been turned into a rat maze of small office spaces over the course of the last 65 years.
We saw the potential for the building as soon as we made our way to the attic, and knew we needed to take the building back to its original state and expose the large bowstring trusses that span the entire space. To achieve this we pulled out 90% of the interior walls and tore out the ceiling. In addition to structural, energy, and overall interior finish upgrades, a mezzanine was added for administrative office space for the gym’s staff which could be accessed by a custom steel staircase. The staircase has galvanized steel grate treads with hardwood acacia risers and handrail. The acacia reflects the feature wall behind the custom blackened steel desk in the lobby.
The exterior was also renovated with all new storefront that incorporated overhead sectional doors that can be opened to the street and the alley during the warmer months. Vertical grain fir was added to the soffit with a 100’ LED strip light.

Location: Renton
Type: Commercial / Gym
10,000 sf

Project Team
General - Avara Construction
Structural - Yu & Trochalakis, PLLC
Photography - David Cho Photography