Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Seattle YPC: Optimism Brewery Tour & Happy Hour

May 24, 2017

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SEATTLE – The CTBUH Young Professionals Committee (YPC) of Seattle met on May 24 to tour the Olson Kundig-designed Optimism Brewing building, located in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Gay Gilmore, the Co-Founder of Optimism Brewing Company, led the tour group through the site selection process. Initially, the intended site had been what is now the Starbucks Roastery location; however, they eventually landed upon the Broadway and Union site, which had previously held an abandoned warehouse.
Participants toured Optimism Brewery, formerly an abandoned warehouse.
Gilmore noted that one of the key goals for the space was to keep the character of the existing structure and façade, which proved to be both difficult and costly due to the necessity of upgrading to the new energy code. Despite a number of other challenges encountered along the way, Gilmore shared that – true to the company name – they are elated in how the space turned out and optimistic for future plans for the site, which include building out their mezzanine and adding a roof deck. The tour ended with a word of thanks to attendees and organizers.
Jeff Hofmann Andersen Construction
Natasha Epstein CollinsWoerman
Jinal Doshi DCI Engineers
Yuting Ci DCI Engineers
Aidin Behroozi DCI Engineers
Tyler Winkley DCI Engineers
Raymond Sayers GGLO
Lauren King GGLO
Ryan Scarff Lease Crutcher Lewis
Max Cummings Lease Crutcher Lewis
Shardul Singh Lease Crutcher Lewis
Mark Tumiski LMN Architects
Stephen DeMayo LMN Architects
Jingyu Lee Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Trace Farmer Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Alex Wiley Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Krzysztof Zaleski Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Brad Strandquist Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Olga Pavlenko Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Eric Fleet Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Beatriz Arostegui Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Derik Eckhardt Miller Hull
Alex Wolfrum Miller Hull
Christopher Schwalbe Motus
Tess Dickman NB Design Group
Cindy Wu NBBJ
Ariel Rosenstock NBBJ
Nicole Kerr NBBJ
Sarang Gokhale Perkins Will
Stephen Welch Skanska Building USA
Justin Ryor Skanska Building USA
John Stout Weber Thompson
Scott Blakermore ZGF Architects
Justin Sant ZGF Architects