School of Law Annex Construction

Artist's rendering: School of Law Annex

(Artist's rendering courtesy of Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects)

An expansion at Seattle University School of Law will provide a new home for the law school's thriving clinical and externship programs and needed classrooms and offices. The School of Law Annex, located at 1215 E. Columbia St., also will have a multipurpose room for law school events and a larger space for student journals. The former facilities warehouse, which is less than a block from Sullivan Hall, is being transformed into a state-of-the-art academic building. Construction began Sept. 1, 2009 and is scheduled for completion in May 2010.

School of Law Annex Dedication Ceremony – May 27, 2010

We are pleased to mark the opening of the School of Law Annex with a dedication ceremony. The Annex is the new home of the law school's thriving Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, Externship Program, Law Review and Seattle Journal for Social Justice. The state-of-the-art, environmentally-friendly building, designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, also provides new interactive classrooms and a mulitpurpose room for law school events.

The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. in the Annex building, located at 1215 E. Columbia Street.


Construction update for the week of May 3, 2010
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May 6, 2010: Finish work is almost complete and clean-up is underway. The finish line is in sight and move-in begins next week with the Law Clinic.

Activities this week:

  • Data cabling and AV equipment installation in classrooms.
  • Irrigation and landscaping (in progress).
  • Installation of operable partition, table and wall paneling in conference space.
  • Installation of front entry and vestibule doors.
  • Final inspections and clean-up (in progress).

Construction update for the week of April 26, 2010
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April 30, 2010: Finishing touches still in progress. Construction is nearing completion.

Activities this week:

  • First and second floor lobby carpet installed.
  • Installation of wall paneling and marker boards in Classrooms.
  • Sidewalk and curb replacement (ongoing).

Next week:

  • Completion of irrigation and landscaping work.
  • Conference space partition to be fully installed.

Construction update for the week of April 19, 2010
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April 23, 2010: Finishing touches still in progress, sidewalk replacement work has begun.

Activities this week:

  • Desktop installation in classrooms underway.
  • Installation of conference room pivot door and bridge at glass.
  • Installation of restroom partitions and accessories.

Next week:

  • Sidewalk replacement, landscaping and irrigation.
  • Installation of operable conference room partition.

Construction update for the week of April 12, 2010
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April 16, 2010: Progress continues, with work moving to finishing touches: built-in desks in faculty offices, carpet installation in the classrooms and student publications area, restroom plumbing installation and completion of the clinic kitchen.

Activities this week:

  • Ceiling tile installed in classrooms.
  • Installation of office casework, reception desk, and wall paneling.
  • Installation of first floor restroom mirrors.

Next week:

  • Hanging of wood doors.
  • Exterior elastomeric coating (ongoing).
  • Sidewalk replacement, landscaping and irrigation.

Construction update for the week of April 5, 2010
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April 7, 2010: The final touches are beginning to take shape, with carpet, furniture and even toilets being installed.

Activities this week:

  • Carpet installation in offices, corridor, and reception area.
  • Installation of glass in the oculus window, conference room, and vestibule.
  • Setting of restroom fixtures.

Next week:

  • Ceiling tile installation.
  • Classroom carpet installation.
  • Installation of office casework.
  • Conference room wood ceiling and wall paneling installation.

Construction update for the week of March 29, 2010
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Activities this week:

  • Zinc panel siding installation (ongoing).
  • Setting of wall tile in first floor men's restroom.
  • Data/comm cable installation (in progress).

Next week:

  • Acoustic wood ceiling isntallation in conference room.
  • Carpet installation in offices.
  • Installation of reception desk and kitchen casework.

Construction update for the week of March 22, 2010
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March 25, 2010: Only six weeks remain on the construction schedule. Finish work and built-in furniture is beginning to arrive and the carpet is being installed in selected areas.

Activities this week:

  • Zinc panel siding installation (ongoing).
  • Setting of wall tile in first floor men's restroom.
  • Data/comm cable installation (in progress).

Next week:

  • Central hall painting.
  • Priming and elastomeric coating of building exterior.
  • Office casework and ceiling tile installation.

Construction update for the week of March 15, 2010
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March 18, 2010: The tile for the restrooms is being installed, window frames are going in, work continues on electrical and data runs, ceiling tiles frames are going into the offices, painting is ongoing and the classroom tiers are being built in the two first floor case rooms.

Activities this week:

  • First floor restrooms prepped for tile installation.
  • Wall tile set in second floor restroom.
  • Wood sill and ceiling grid installation in progress.

Next week:

  • Hollow metal doors and hardware installation.
  • Central hall painting.
  • Priming and elastomeric coating of building exterior.

Construction update for the week of March 8, 2010
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Activities this week:

  • Second floor sheetrock work complete and taping is underway.
  • Metal panels at the screenwalls almost complete.
  • Painting in student work rooms in progress.

Next week:

  • Zinc siding installation.
  • Office ceiling grid installation.
  • Data/comm cable installation.

Construction update for the week of March 1, 2010
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March 4, 2010: The classroom seating tiers are being built, drywall continues to go up and the clinic offices are being painted.

Activities this week:

  • Roof work completed and east Oculus window glazed.
  • Classroom tiered seating framed and insulated.
  • Glass at the curtainwall installed.

Next week:

  • Zinc siding installation.
  • Office ceiling grid installation.
  • Hanging of GWB on the second floor.

Construction update for the week of February 22, 2010
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February 24, 2010: Drywall continues to go up in all areas and the frame for the sliding multi-purpose room door has been mounted and waits for its siding. Twelve weeks of work remain.

Activities this week:

  • Sliding door separating the central hall and multipurpose room hung.
  • Metal wall panels at south screen wall installed.
  • Office painting underway.

Next week:

  • Installation and painting of entry canopy.
  • Installation of zinc panel.
  • Ceiling grid at the offices.

Construction update for the week of February 15, 2010
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February 18, 2010: The drywall is going up and the offices and classrooms are beginning to take their finished shape. The elevator is in place. Cast iron pipe is used to reduce the noise in the classrooms on vertical pipe runs. The pipe will also be wrapped with insulation for additional noise reduction.

Activities this week:

  • Sewer tie-in completed.
  • Offices taped and GWB hung in the student work rooms and classrooms.
  • Elevator installation.

Next week:

  • Painting of offices.
  • Sheetrock installation in lobby.

Construction update for the week of February 8, 2010
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February 11, 2010: Progress is underway, only 13 weeks of construction left. The drywall is going up, the front entry glass being installed, the heating and cooling equipment is on the roof, exterior glass is just about all installed, the elevator install has begun and the utility connections are being completed.

Activities this week:

  • Removal of walkway containers on 13th Ave. Construction trailer lowered to street level.
  • AHU's set.
  • Install of GWB at the office area (almost complete).

Next week:

  • GWB installation at the classrooms and taping at the offices.
  • Curtainwall framing.
  • Painting at the offices.

Construction update for the week of February 1, 2010
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February 4, 2010: We are progressing very well. You can see windows being installed, finishes on the exterior sides of the building and interior wall frames are near completion, with drywall to follow soon. Next week the East Columbia sidewalk will be closed as work is done to hook up the sewer line and the sidewalk repairs are made.

Activities this week:

  • Translucent sandwich panel system installation (almost complete).
  • Installation of storefront frames at the North elevation.

Next week:

  • Elevator installation.
  • Screenwall and zinc siding installation.

Construction update for the week of January 25, 2010
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Activities this week:

  • Roof installation and classroom framing (in progress).
  • Electrical and plumbing wall rough-in (in progress).
  • Window and flashing installation underway.

Next week:

  • Elevator installation.

Construction update for the week of January 18, 2010
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Activities this week:

  • Roof installation and domestic water main hookup (in progress).
  • Electrical and plumbing wall rough-in (in progress).
  • Exterior stucco installation (ongoing).
  • Wall framing and hollow metal frame installation for offices.

Next week:

  • Window and flashing installation.

Construction update for the week of January 11, 2010
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January 13, 2010: The framing for the interior and roof walls is being put up. In some photos you can see the door frames that have been installed.

Activities this week:

  • Roof installation and domestic water main hookup in progress.
  • Ductwork, plumbing and fire sprinkler rough-in near complete.
  • Wall framing and hollow metal frame installation underway.
  • Exterior stucco installation started.

Upcoming activities:

  • Window and flashing installation.

Construction update for the week of January 4, 2010
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Activities:

  • Framing of stair #1 and #2.
  • Roof installation.
  • Reconfiguration of the covered walkway.

Construction photo wrap-up for the final weeks of December, 2009
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Accomplishments:

  • Slab poured at the entry.
  • Conference room steel installed.
  • Exterior metal framing, ductwork, sprinkler and plumbing rough-in ongoing.

Construction update for the week of December 14, 2009
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Accomplished this week:

  • Steel erected at the south screenwall.
  • Roof decking installed.

Upcoming activities:

  • Exterior metal framing to begin December 22.
  • Framing of stair #1 and #2.
  • Reconfiguration of covered walkway during the last week of December.

Construction update for the week of December 7, 2009
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December 10, 2009: Work continues on flooring, roof supports and the window cutouts for the multi-purpose room.

Accomplished this week:

  • Classroom steel (Zone 3) erected.
  • Window framing completed in clerestory area.

Upcoming activities:

  • Install 3x roof decking.
  • Mechanical and fire sprinkler rough-in ongoing.
  • Exterior metal stud framing scheduled to begin December 22.

Construction update for the week of November 30, 2009
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December 2, 2009: Lots of beams going in to place in the new areas and replacing the wood beams in the classrooms. The base floor is going in for the student publications space and the ceiling will be started later next week.

Accomplished this week:

  • Second floor decking installed at NE corner (Zone 1).
  • Glue-lam beams bolted.

Upcoming activities:

  • Install 3x roof decking.
  • Mechanical and fire sprinkler rough-in.
  • Erect classroom steel.

Construction update for the week of November 23, 2009
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November 25, 2009: Ceiling beams have been installed in the student publication and law clinic areas for the new second floor space. The old ceiling has been sand blasted and is now clean, and will be refinished later in the construction process.

Accomplished this week:

  • "Imperial Wall" infills poured.
  • Steel and glu-lam purlins erected in the NW corner.

Upcoming activities:

  • Install 3x roof and second floor decking.
  • Mechanical and fire sprinkler rough-in to commence Dec. 8.
  • Erect classroom steel.

Construction update for the week of November 16, 2009
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November 19, 2009: The steel beams for the second floor student publication office (above the Law Clinic) have been installed and the first of the wooden beams supporting the floor and roof are being installed.

Accomplished this week:

  • NW slab poured.
  • Structural steel installed for two-story area.
  • Window framing completed in clerestory area.

Upcoming activities:

  • Continue glue-lam beam purlin install.
  • Install 3x roof decking.

Construction update for the week of November 9, 2009
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November 13, 2009: The SE floor was poured on Monday. On Wednesday the steel was delivered and you can already see it being installed on the NE corner where it is two stories high.

Accomplished this week:

  • SE slab poured.
  • First delivery of structural steel.
  • Entry slab backfilled.

Upcoming activities:

  • Install structural steel upgrades.
  • Pour NW slab.

Construction update for the week of November 2, 2009
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November 5, 2009: The classroom floors are being poured today and the elevator was done early this week. Most of this week's photos are on the classroom floor preparation. Next week the NW and SW corner floor will be poured as well. Next Wednesday, November 11, the support steel will be delivered. There will be interruptions to pedestrians and traffic on 13th and East Columbia periodically during the day for this delivery. They are taking the delivery on the University holiday to lessen this impact.

Important note:

On Wednesday, November 11, the sidewalk along East Columbia will be closed as fill is added to the NW corner of the building. Pedestrians will be rerouted to the north side of the street.

Accomplished this week:

  • Elevator pit slab and shear walls poured.
  • CMU block laid at the West elevation.

Upcoming activities:

  • Install structural steel upgrades.
  • Pour SE and NW slab.

Construction update for the week of October 26, 2009
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October 29, 2009: This week's photos are of the slab pour for the Law Clinic. The slab pour went well and late next week the classroom slab will be poured. The NW wall has now been rebuilt and they continue to work on the west and south walls.

Accomplished this week:

  • Imported fill for NE slab-on-grade.
  • Placed NE slab-on-grade

Upcoming activities:

  • Pouring of shear walls.
  • Formation and pouring of elevator pit.

Construction update for the week of October 19, 2009
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October 22, 2009: The building is progressing with the new exterior walls rising, the slabs and footings being poured and the floors to begin late next week.

Accomplished this week:

  • CMU laid at the West elevation.
  • Underground plumbing installed.

Upcoming activities:

  • Backfill for new slab and footings.
  • Pouring of slab-on-grade.
  • Pouring of shear walls.

Construction update for the week of October 12, 2009
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October 16, 2009:The demolition has ended and Sellen has begun to build. The foundations have been dug and electrical feeders are in the ground. The steel rebar framing is near completion and the cement is being poured for the new foundation footings. Exterior walls are being started and will rise from the foundations at the northwest corner of the building.

Accomplished this week:

  • Backfilled electrical trenches at the NW corner.
  • Poured footings.
  • Laid CMU at the NW corner.

Upcoming activities:

  • Backfill for new slab.
  • Pouring of shear walls.

Construction update for the week of October 5, 2009
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October 8, 2009: The demolition phase of construction is coming to an end. Next week they will begin installing some of the concrete footings for the new support structure for the building.

Accomplished this week:

  • Removed concrete beam along Gridline D.
  • Excavated for footings.
  • Excavated for electrical and phone lines.

Upcoming activities:

  • Rebar installation.
  • Formation of shear walls and wall infills.
  • Placement of concrete for footings and shear walls.

Construction update for the week of September 28, 2009
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Accomplished this week:

  • Clay tile wall demolished.
  • Began CMU demolition at the NW corner.
  • Shoring erected along Gridline D in preparation for concrete beam removal.

Upcoming activities:

  • Removal of concrete slab on grade.
  • Excavation of footings and placement of rebar.

Construction update for the week of September 21, 2009
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September 24, 2009: Demolition continues. A significant part of the ceiling has been removed where the second floor will be built.

Accomplished this week:

  • High roof demolished.
  • Reviewed conditions and recorded dimensions of existing walls and footings.
  • Two-story area demolished.

Upcoming activities:

  • Removal of concrete slab on grade.
  • Excavation of footings and placement of rebar.

Construction update for the week of September 14, 2009
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September 17, 2009: More photos of the demolition. As a wall was removed they found a sign for the Imperial Laundromat underneath a wall on the old part of the building.

Accomplished this week:

  • Covered sidewalks were painted.
  • Stairs and platform to the construction trailer were built.
  • Interior demolition.

Upcoming activities:

  • Ongoing interior demolition.

Construction update for the week of September 7, 2009
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Accomplished this week:

  • Floor tile was set in the second floor restrooms and first floor restroom tiling is underway.
  • Painting (ongoing).
  • Comm room ladder racks were installed.

Upcoming activities:

  • Interior demo and removal of the terracotta infills and exterior windows.
  • Painting of covered sidewalks.
Seaport Building (Law School Annex), before construction - April 2008

Seaport Building, before construction (future Law School Annex)