The Center Steps project included large amounts of clear cedar shiplap siding and tongue-and-groove soffits.
General contractor: Exxel Pacific
The Center Steps project consisted of two mixed-use apartment buildings — one eight stories and one seven stories — totaling 269 units and 236,851 square feet, with approximately 9,096 square feet of retail space at grade and 1½ stories of below-grade parking. A public plaza is included between the building and Mercer Street with a splash fountain, 7-foot-tall tree lights, kumaru wood benches and many lighting elements. The project has a variety of high-end exterior claddings, including large amounts of clear cedar shiplap siding, tongue-and-groove soffits, brick, Hardie panel, Ceraclad, ceramic tile and Kameleon Purple Rain color-changing metal panels. The seven-story channel glass facade on the south elevation of Building B was also an innovative feature that will allow the property to reflect Seattle events and happenings with 14 light panels, each independently able to reproduce up to 16 million color combinations.