Graham wins contract to build new luxury condo building in US

WCN Editorial Team 16 Dec 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Canada-based construction company Graham has secured a contract from Westbank to build First Light, a 49-storey, 458-unit high-end luxury condo building in Seattle, Washington.

It is the third project for Graham in Seattle with Westbank, the other two being the 1200 Stewart and 707 Terry.

First Light will be a hybrid tower that combines a seven-floor office podium with a residential tower. The office podium and rooftop amenity levels will be covered in a glass veil.

The project will occupy a space of over 540,000ft² and was designed by James KM Cheng Architects and PFS Studio. The building is expected to be completed in 2022.

The homes will include open studios, to spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom homes and penthouses.

The company claims that unlike other buildings, First Light will use a range of related elevation treatments, with the design broken into sections with different cladding, tempering its scale.

The building is expected to have a 24/7 concierge, with a custom Fazioli grand piano, ebony-black but with a sparkling glass keyboard.

There will an over 3,000ft² wellness centre on the 46th floor, with a cardio area, a weight room and a cloistered yoga and stretching studio, all with penthouse-level views. The 48th floor 25m lap pool will be joined by two spas.

There will also be a secret garden, offering a sky-high park. The building will include an eight-story underground parking garage.

On the building’s exterior, a series of veils made from glass discs suspended on steel cables will be included. On the inside, residents will also find more glass sculptures, variations on the outdoor veils and in the lobby and penthouse homes, custom chandeliers.

Earlier this month, Graham announced that it has completed the Canada Royal Milk facility on time and within budget.

Located in Kingston, Ontario, the CAD208.8m ($158.8m) manufacturing plant is claimed to be Canada’s first and only wet infant formula facility and North America’s first and only goat milk infant formula facility.

Located on 40 acres of land, the plant consists of nearly 300,000ft² of space and is made up of seven main components including the truck receiving area, pre-treatment, dry blending, packing, warehouse, utility and office areas. The building also has two separate production lines: one for cow dairy and one for goat dairy.

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Image: Artist’s rendering of Westbank’s First Light building. Photo: Courtesy of Westbank.

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