Hotels – on restoring and enhancing history

The Palladian Hotel, in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, opened late last year after being gutted and restored.  The century-old brick building began life as the Calhoun Hotel, and was later turned into apartments. An extensive 18-month remodel transformed the 60,000-square-foot space back into a hotel, with 97 guest rooms.

Apartment building returns to its roots as a hotel –

Palladian Hotel –


The Beekman Hotel, in New York City, was recently reopened as a luxury boutique hotel after a complicated history.  Built in 1880, it was primarily operated as an office. It was then landmarked in 1998, vacant since 2001, then purchased in 2008 with plans for a hotel. That relationship fell apart. But it was finally, sold again to GFI Capital Resources Group, and now the Beekman is reborn.

Inside The Beautiful Old 5 Beekman Building, Before & After – Gothamist


The Divine Lorraine Hotel – Philadelphia’s first racially integrated hotel, is currently in the progress of rebuilding.

Check out this fascinating history of the hotel and its progress here: After Years of Decay, Philadelphia’s First Racially Integrated Hotel Rebuilds –


A Hotel Room of One’s Own – The New York Times

As writers have long known, checking into a luxurious hotel room — even in your own city — is a glorious escape and its own kind of holiday

More from the DJC: 

Ankrom Moisan starts The Society, a new venture to do very hip hotels 

The design firm launched The Society, a separate stand-alone company that will focus on interior design for hotels, resorts, and restaurants.

Goodbye Roosevelt, hello Theodore

The Roosevelt Hotel will reopen this fall as Hotel Theodore, honoring people who share the pioneering spirit of its namesake.

Here’s how Seattle will digest 4,000 hotel rooms

The pace of delivery is staggered to a point where new hotels will be added every year over the next five years, versus all at once.

The Smith Tower –  

Although not a hotel, this historic monument is rich with history and offers tours.

Unico shows off Smith Tower redo
The Smith Tower Reinvented


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Washington’s Energy Future Conference is Nov. 1, 2016

Don’t Miss Washington’s Energy Future Conference, Nov. 1, 2016 – Seattle.

Presented by the Northwest Environmental Business Council (NEBC) and the Washington Dept. of Commerce

Now in its 7th year, this is Washington’s signature clean energy event, bringing together members of the energy industry, energy policy & economic development leaders, project hosts, and users of energy services.

The conference features Keynote Speaker David MacNaughton, Ambassador of Canada to the United States of America, and the latest in:

  • Policy & Economic Development
    Looking at the current context for clean energy and how Washington can continue on its leadership path in the face of changing market dynamics.
  • The Business of Renewable Energy
    Advancing the professional level of the industry with discussions on the market and nuts-and-bolts issues related to energy project development.
  • The Business of Energy Efficiency
    Exploring how to increase the penetration of energy efficiency through policy, finance, and market mechanisms.
  • Energy Technology Innovation
    A look at the leading edge of clean energy technologies.

Presented by Northwest Environmental Business Council (NEBC) and the Washington Dept. of Commerce.

Check out the conference and register at

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Trudeau “Yes” to LNG: Not the Last Word

The following post is brought to you by Wild Salmon Center.

First Nations and conservation partners vow to press on, for permanent protection of the Skeena River estuary.

On September 27, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet announced the conditional approval of a liquefied natural gas facility at the mouth of the globally important Skeena River.

But First Nations leaders and local conservation groups who have long opposed the Pacific Northwest LNG project – calling the Skeena estuary site the “worst possible place” for an export facility – have vowed to continue their resistance.

They will now be launching a series of legal actions to challenge the approval in court.


“The Skeena River is our food basket. It provides food security and supports our ceremonial and traditional economy. There is ample scientific evidence that the PNW mega-project threatens our salmon and other fisheries while also undermining Canada’s international climate change commitments,” said traditional leaders of the Allied Tribes of Lax Kw’alaams, Gitanyow, Gitxsan, Wet’suwet’en, Lake Babine, and Takla Lake First Nations in a joint statement.

“Providing a green light for this project at this time will only lead to protracted litigation which benefits no one. We urge the Government to show leadership now by including our communities in full and meaningful consultations.”

Local conservation groups recommitted to protecting the Skeena River.

“Our fight has just begun,” says Greg Knox, executive director of SkeenaWild. “This announcement is profoundly disappointing, but expected. The Federal government has failed the people of Canada by approving the largest climate emitter in Canadian history. This government is ignoring First Nations constitutional rights and has failed the people of the Skeena – putting our salmon at grave risk.

“Now, we will take our fight to the next level. Over the last year, we have prepared, with our aboriginal partners, to launch a series of legal actions, and we are prepared to go all the way. Multiple other strategies are in play and under development. We also have economics on our side.

“Adversity only brings us together and makes us strong. I am absolutely confident this project will never be built. ”

The multiple cases will charge that the Canadian environmental review process for the Pacific Northwest LNG project was deeply flawed and, among other things, did not adequately consider impacts to salmon habitat and salmon as a food source for First Nations. The Skeena coalition has enlisted an expert team of British Columbia environmental and aboriginal lawyers, who are convinced the legal cases have strong merit and build on a long legal precedent upholding First Nations rights in British Columbia.

>>DONATE to the Skeena Stronghold Partnership today. 

The $11.4 billion Pacific Northwest LNG cooling and export facility would be built next to and over some of the most important wild salmon habitat in Canada, a sandy eelgrass bed called Flora Bank that hosts hundreds of millions of juvenile salmon every year on their way out to sea.

Scientists, conservationists, and First Nations leaders up and down the river have clearly stated that the facility, backed by Malaysia’s state oil company Petronas, is a monumental threat to salmon.

Stay tuned to for more news about the Skeena Stronghold campaign.

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Check out the latest video fly-through for the new International Arrivals Facility

The following post is by Perry Cooper of the Sea-Tac Airport 

SEATTLE – The Port of Seattle has released the latest images and a video for the new International Arrivals Facility (IAF). The multi-level $660 million, 450,000 square foot facility is designed to meet the growing, record demand of international traffic at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The project is scheduled to break ground in early 2017 and open in late 2019.

“Our international travel continues to grow at a double-digit pace, but what welcomes international travelers to Sea-Tac is a cramped, 1970’s facility that is well beyond its planned peak capacity. The IAF project is a critical investment for the region’s economy that will create a proper welcome mat for both business and leisure travelers,” said Port of Seattle Commission President John Creighton.

The IAF will be located east of the current Concourse A. An aerial walkway will span 900 linear feet across and 85 feet over the existing taxi lane to connect arriving international passengers from the south satellite across the top of concourse A to the new IAF. In addition, a secure international corridor will be built on concourse A to nearly double the number of existing international gates from 12 to 20.

The new International Arrivals Facility will double peak passenger capacity to 2,600 passengers per hour. Currently Sea-Tac sees daily peak passenger levels averaging over 2,000 passengers per hour for a facility designed for only 1,200 per hour.

Additional benefits of the new facility will include:

  • More than double Passport Check booths and kiosks (from 30 to 80 booths)
  • Increase size and number of bag claim carousels from four to seven
  • Create a single bag claim process, eliminating the need for international passengers to ride a train to baggage claim
  • Create direct access from the IAF to ground transportation at airport drives or garage and
  • Reduce minimum passenger connection time from 90 to 75 minutes.

Estimated Project Costs

The current budget for the IAF is $660 million. Funding for the project will come from a combination of airport-generated revenues, passengers facility charges (PFC’s) and revenue bonds. As with virtually all airport projects, no Port of Seattle taxes will be used.

Visuals and Images

To view the new fly-through video and still images, and get more information on the details of the project, visit our IAF project page here. More detailed images will be released as the design/build project progresses.

Additional Details about the Existing Facility

  • The bridge will be prefabricated offsite, transported to the site and installed within a seven-day time frame.
  • The project will feature an elevated sterile corridor along the face of existing Concourse A from Gates A6-A14, raised nearly 32 feet above the aircraft apron level, and will include approximately 45,000 square feet of floor space.
  • The project will be designed to achieve LEED Silver Version 4 certification.
  • Early construction projects will begin September 30, 2016.

Current Sea-Tac Airport International Traffic Facts

  • International passenger activity requiring customs clearance at Sea-Tac has more than doubled in the past 10 years, growing 105 percent from 2005 to 2015
  • Over the past ten years, Sea-Tac has gained 15 new intercontinental services including, Beijing, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Paris, Reykjavik, Shanghai, and Shenzhen.
  • A consultant study estimates each new international route generates $75 million annual economic impact to the region.

Ready for the future

The Port of Seattle is working on more than $2 billion in near-term projects planned to accommodate growth for the future including NorthSTAR, a new International Arrivals Facility, an updated baggage system and a 20-year Sustainable Airport Master Plan.

About Sea-Tac International Airport

Operated by the Port of Seattle, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA, KSEA) is ranked as the 13th busiest U.S. airport, serving nearly 42.3 million passengers and more than 332,000 metric tons of air cargo in 2015. With a regional economic impact of more than $16.3 billion in business revenue, Sea-Tac generates 171,796 jobs (109,924 direct jobs) representing over $2.8 billion in direct earnings and more than $565 million in state and local taxes. Twenty-four airlines serve 83 non-stop domestic and 24 international destinations.

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Franklin Pierce Schools, Mukilteo School District named Seahawks’ week one Champions of Sustainability

From left to right: William Painter (Franklin Pierce), Melissa Pendleton (McKinstry), Keith Stefanson (Mukilteo), Blitz, Debra Fulton (Mukilteo), Dr. Frank Hewins (Superintendent at Franklin Pierce)

From left to right: William Painter (Franklin Pierce), Melissa Pendleton (McKinstry), Keith Stefanson (Mukilteo), Blitz, Debra Fulton (Mukilteo), Dr. Frank Hewins (Superintendent at Franklin Pierce)

McKinstry has announced its full line-up of Seahawks Champions of Sustainability for the 2016 season, including week one honorees Franklin Pierce Schools and the Mukilteo School District.

Representatives from both districts were honored during the Sept. 11 Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field.

In partnership with the Seattle Seahawks, the annual Champions of Sustainability program recognizes one organization during a regular-season home game that exhibits innovative energy and waste reduction in the built environment.
“For the seventh consecutive season at CenturyLink Field, we’re delighted to spotlight organizations committed to raising the bar for sustainability in the built environment,” said Dean Allen, CEO of McKinstry. “This year’s roster of honorees are leaders who innovate, cultivate positive behavior changes and act as community stewards.”

What did they do?
Franklin Pierce Schools
In 2015, Franklin Pierce Schools debuted the 20,000-square-foot Franklin Pierce Early Learning Center in Parkland inside a building once home to a church before its renovation and energy retrofitting. By partnering with McKinstry on an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) procurement mechanism, the district’s capital expenses were partially covered by the center’s future energy savings.
Sustainability measures at the new center include an energy efficient variable refrigerant flow HVAC system, LED lighting, and insulation upgrades of the building’s envelope. In addition to creating a comfortable learning environment, the project helped create local jobs by deploying local consultants and contractors.

Mukilteo School District
In 2009, Mukilteo School District adopted a Resource Conservation Management program focusing on energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste reduction savings initiatives. Cumulatively, the district has saved $2.5 million in utility costs all while it has grown in the number of students it serves and the number of square feet in its buildings. The district has also qualified for millions of dollars of grants, rebates, and incentives.

Mukilteo School District and energy services partner McKinstry have replaced aging heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting with modern, high-efficiency systems at a number of schools. The district has also upgraded its parking lot lights to LED lighting, which is more efficient, longer-lasting and boasts higher light quality.

In addition to enhancing the Mukilteo School District’s general fund through gas and electric bill savings, these projects stimulated the local economy by maximizing the use of in-state labor and by employing local consultants and contractors. McKinstry estimates that 10 to 18 direct and indirect jobs were created for every $1 million spent on these projects.

About the Champions of Sustainability Program:
McKinstry’s Champions of Sustainability program is part of the Defend Your Turf campaign, aimed at water conservation, energy efficiency, waste reduction, and community involvement within CenturyLink Field and Event Center, as well as in terms of its impact on the city.

For more information on Defend Your Turf, visit

Other 2016 home-game honorees will include Eastern Washington University, The Vancouver Clinic, Sabey, the Pacific Tower project team, Ivanhoe Cambridge, the WSU Everett project team and the 2nd and Pike Tower project team.

About McKinstry:
McKinstry has implemented a number of facility-wide energy conservation initiatives at CenturyLink Field and Event Center, including the installation of one of the largest solar arrays in the state, mechanical system upgrades, high-efficiency lighting and ultra-low-flow water fixtures. These upgrades make the stadium a national model for sustainable sporting facilities.

McKinstry is a full-service, design-build-operate-and-maintain (DBOM) firm specializing in consulting, construction, energy and facility services. For more information, visit

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