Construction Award — Private building
$25 million-$50 million

A 10,280-panel steel art wall around the lower floors was fabricated off site and hung as modules to reduce installation time.

The Martin apartments

Location: Seattle

General contractor: Exxel Pacific

Owner/developer: Vulcan Real Estate

Primary designer: Callison

The Martin is the first project in the nation to utilize steel fibers as link-beam reinforcing steel, which helped solve challenges of working in a congested area.

Surrounding the above-grade garage is a unique art wall with 10,280 perforated stainless-steel panels that sway in the breeze. With early coordination between Exxel Pacific and the fabricator, the panels were fabricated off site and hung as modules on site.

The team utilized building-information modeling technology to coordinate multiple trades and allow a significant portion of the electrical and plumbing distribution to be integrated into the slab.

Vertical construction on a congested downtown site is always a challenge to do safely. The site was adjacent to the monorail and a busy pedestrian corridor. Exxel utilized converted shipping containers to build a covered sidewalk corridor to allow for continuous pedestrian use.

With 358,824 man-hours worked, the project had no time-loss injuries, and the project was delivered one week ahead of schedule and under budget.