Abbott Leads Major Renovations at Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Abbott Construction is leading a $25 million dollar renovation at Seattle’s landmark hotel, Fairmont Olympic. This is the largest renovation project of the hotel’s public spaces in 40 years. The approximately 60,000-square-foot project includes a fully transformed lobby creating a social hub for guests and locals, a new bar, updates to the Georgian restaurant, and renovations to key function spaces.

The lobby renovations will include a central bar, which will transition throughout the day starting as a coffee bar, to afternoon tea and later hand-crafted cocktails. Further, connected through a hidden door off the lobby bar, will be a separate library bar open select days of the week. The vision for the renovation is to maintain the traditional heritage of the building with added modern touches to give a polished, elegant and timeless design.

The Georgian restaurant, defined by its soaring classical framework, will receive updates in the form of bold shapes and new approaches to lighting. The hotel will also refresh its event spaces with design upgrades, new lighting, and modern function space technology.

Spanish design studio Lázaro Rosa-Violán (LRV) is creating a vision and interior design which celebrates the hotel’s history referencing classic themes, textures and materials. Working alongside LRV is Boston-area interior architecture firm Parker-Torres Design Inc. who is designing the function spaces. MG2 is the local project architect. Abbott helped to refine the design with value-engineering and constructability input during pre-construction.

“This magnificent landmark building from 1924 is evolving for a new era,” said General Manager Markus Treppenhauer. “Seattle is a fast-changing city and our story within the city’s history remains unchanged, yet, as we approach our centennial anniversary, we are bringing new life to the design, culinary offering, and the experience across the hotel.”

The main lobby will be closed for much of the project with construction expected to be completed this summer.

Engineers on the project include Lund Opsahl (structural) and Johnson Electric (design-build electrical).

Major subcontractors are Demolition Man, Magnum Construction Services, Interior Woodworking Specialists, Western Tile & Marble, GFS Hardwoods, Grund & Co., Northwest Partitions, Primarius Elevator, Viking Group, North Coast Plumbing and Johnson Electric.


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