High-Rise History

Behind the Scenes at Seattle’s Space Needle

An iconic building that started out as nothing more than a drawing on a cocktail napkin recently celebrated its 50-year anniversary. The 650-foot-tall Space Needle was completed in December 1961 and opened on the first day of Seattle’s World’s Fair in April 1962. So what does it take to manage a high-rise fastened to a 30-foot-deep foundation with 72 30-foot bolts? Eleven dedicated facilities engineers who work around the clock to respond to building needs and carry out routine maintenance....