Blue Nile

Office | Seattle, WA

After considering several potential sites in Downtown Seattle, Blue Nile selected Merrill Place in the heart of Pioneer Square for their new headquarters.

Three buildings combined to create a common structure that is loaded with historic charm. The existing space was completely gutted down to a vanilla shell to expose the many architecturally distinctive building elements, including brick exteriors, solid-timber beams and columns, and original windows. Gateway brought those historic components back to life by carefully sandblasting the exposed timbers and brick exteriors.

Once the historic restoration was complete Gateway started on the infrastructure, which had to be state-of-the-art in order to meet the needs of a top online retailer for the present and the future. Using new and custom components, Gateway created a server room for 30 tons of supplemental cooling with room for another 15 tons. Other infrastructure upgrades included installation of a generator to run a 30,000 sq. ft. facility in case of power loss. In addition to the modern infrastructure the common areas were enhanced with the latest in electronics and audio/visual equipment. The end result is a dynamic modern space that coexists elegantly with the historic structure.

Client Blue Nile
Architect mYamaguchi Architects
Type Office
Size 25,835 SF
Location Merrill Place, 411 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA
Year 2011

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