Bush Hotel

Client: Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation & Development Authority (SCIDP&DA)

Location: Seattle, Washington

Type: Retrofit Construction, Cladding

Services: Historic Restoration, Building Envelope Survey, Retrofit Construction Design, Application Monitoring

Seattle’s historic Bush Hotel, a landmark in the city’s International District which now provides affordable housing for senior citizens, was badly damaged in the 2001 Nisqually earthquake. Building Envelope Technology & Research was engaged by the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDP&DA) to survey and assess damage to the building’s exterior. BET&R provided an analysis of the damage to assist in obtaining FEMA funding for the repair project, and provided a complete design manual for repair of the exterior cladding. BET&R’s role in this project evolved to include Project Administrator roles as we interfaced with FEMA and City of Seattle officials, as well as historic preservation entities, in designing and carrying out a repair project that would satisfy the requirements of funding authorities while preserving the historical integrity and colorful character of the building and the neighborhood in which it is located. The restored Bush Hotel re-opened in October of 2006.