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  • Client

    Ivar’s Restaurants

  • Architect

    Mithun (shell and core)
    CB Anderson Architects (restaurant interior)

  • Location

    Seattle, WA

  • Space

    19,210 SF of restaurant space
    45,000 SF total

  • Market

    Historic Restorations, Retail, Special Projects

  • Features

    AGC Build Washington Grand Award
    Architectural Woodwork Institute Award of Excellence
    ASCE Chapter Honor Award
    NAIOP Retail Development of the Year, Waterfront site

W.G. Clark performed a total renovation of Ivar’s flagship restaurant on a schedule that coincided with the nine-month closure of Seattle’s waterfront during the Elliott Bay Seawall construction. Our work had to be completed by the time the City of Seattle reopened the waterfront, putting the project on a critical deadline with extraordinarily difficult site logistics. Street access was closed due to the seawall construction, so all material had to be staged off site and then barged to the pier, and debris was also removed by barge.

W.G. Clark renovated the pier’s infrastructure, including custom fabricated structural steel, wood framing repairs, passenger elevator and pit, building envelope upgrades with insulation, waterproofing, windows, and new siding to match the historical look of the pier, along with the construction of the 19,210 SF restaurant itself.

A high level of expertise was required to make everything fit together correctly on an over 100-year-old pier, where nothing started as level, plumb, or straight. This was especially critical for the installation of the passenger elevator. Our team devised many special methods to make sure that all components built off site would fit perfectly once they were delivered — and they did.

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