Located on 1st Ave in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle, the Viking Automatic Sprinkler Co. has a long history in the area. The building, originally commissioned by the Viking Sprinkler Co. and designed by local Architect Richard Bouillion, was constructed in 1963 as a large tilt-up warehouse space with adjacent 2-story office space facing the main street. Aside from the desire for an aesthetic update, the past 58 years had taken a harsh toll on the building throughout; most of the wood framing was in need of replacing, the heating and cooling system did not function properly, and the single pane windows were falling apart.
Strouse Davis sought to completely overhaul the exterior; the existing asbestos laden cement siding was replaced with a subdued green ‘box style’ metal panel siding and specialty antiqued copper panel siding provided visual interest while paying homage to Viking Sprinkler with the use of copper – often used for sprinkler systems.
The main entrance was moved off of 1st ave and the interior was reorganized to function more efficiently for today’s office. A fully glazed entry puts the building’s fire sprinkler riser on display and flows into an open lobby space. The large metal panel faced reception desk, exposed fir ceiling joists, and a polished concrete floor speak to the industrial nature of their work.
A new conference room utilizes operable wall panels that adjust to open to a new kitchenette and break room, giving the flexibility to hold larger company meetings when desired.
*scroll to the bottom get get a glimpse of the project prior to intervention.