Rendering: Callison RTKL

Major renovation work started on the Columbia Center earlier this year and will be completed next spring. The new updates will dramatically change the look and feel of Seattle’s 32-year old tallest tower.

Urban Renaissance Group, the Seattle company that manages the office building for owner Gaw Capital Partners of Hong Kong, plans to add hip new features including a glass-canopy covered deck that looks out onto Smith Tower and a fire pit, reports Puget Sound Business Journal.

Rendering: Callison RTKL

Stadium seating, new furnishings and updated landscaping have already been added, setting the tone for the future of the finished project. The makeover is intended to refresh Columbia Center and keep the building relevant so it can compete with new modern office spaces springing up all around downtown.

Where there once was a dark canopy on the main entry over Fourth Avenue, there will soon be a three-story glass curtain wall leading to an indoor “grand feature staircase” between the first and second floors.

Rendering: Callison RTKL

The atrium’s brick floors will be updated with a modern concrete finish and the wood slat ceilings will be outfitted with new lighting.

Callison RTKL is the designer and Lease Crutcher Lewis is the general contractor on the renovation. The cost of the project was not disclosed. Restaurants and shops will remain open during construction.

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