Regence BlueShield

Office | Seattle, WA

Regence BlueShield’s plans to condense ten occupied floors into four floors presented a delicate logistics challenge.

With the help of Johnson Controls and NBBJ Architects, Gateway Construction performed the task effectively and quickly. Directed by HIPAA privacy rules for protecting Regence BlueShield’s information and customer records, Gateway relocated their UPS system (tied into the main server) without disrupting access to the nationwide systems and databases. Gateway developed a detailed five-floor demolition plan and comprehensive-phasing plan to accommodate the tenant and its customers.

Client Regence BlueShield
Architect NBBJ Architects
Type Office
Size 75,241 SF
Location 1800 9th Ave #235
Seattle, WA 
Year 2013

The Gateway Team developed the best approaches to incorporate the building’s standards into Regence Blueshield’s new and improved layout. Each conference room is equipped with state-of-the-art communications incorporating interactive video conferencing capabilities. The training rooms have surround-sound speakers, microphones, projectors, automatic screens, telecommunications, and interactive displays.

Before construction, the existing layout consisted of a large restaurant / cafeteria, a cramped open-office space, and an outdated daycare center. Gateway transformed the cafeteria to accommodate up to 50 employees with commercial-grade appliances, vending machines, coffee makers, and instant-hot water. The office areas were completely reconstructed with butt-glazed-glass storefronts and aluminum-framed doors, touchdown areas, increased open-office areas, soundproof employee phone rooms, and renovations to men’s and women’s restrooms on all four floors.

Gateway’s effective phasing and construction plan proved effective and deliberate. Regence BlueShield was very happy with the space and Gateway was proud to work with such a great project team.

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