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The Monkey Building Historic Renovation project

Located on 1st Ave in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood, the Monkey Building project was a complete seismic upgrade and interior renovation of an 11,000 SF flexible event space originally built in the early 1900’s.

The unreinforced masonry & timber framed building was built on poor soil in the tidal flats. To bring the building up to current building code, the project required extensive foundation work including the installation of piling, grade beams, steel brace frames and other seismic upgrades. Other upgrades to the building included a new electrical service, HVAC system, fire sprinkler system and a new roof over a portion of the building.

Reclaimed materials were utilized throughout the building to hide much of the structural work that was done. The renovation also included sandblasting masonry walls, building out bathrooms and setting the infrastructure for a future bar and restaurant.

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"MRJ's complete project team approach gave our clients the confidence that their project goals would be realized within the tight budget and schedule constraints. MRJ's attention to details and team approach to problem solving at all levels made working with them extremely satisfying and productive. Their ability to tap into the "real world" experience on these types of historic renovation/adaptive reuse projects, made it possible for us to deliver beyond our clients expectations. It is without reservation that we would highly recommend MRJ. It was and continues to be a fantastic experience doing business with such a professional company."

Graham Baba Architects

Jim Graham, AIA President

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