When it’s complete in 2018, Seattle’s Eighth and Howell Convention Center Hotel will rise to 45 stories, making the mixed-use building the tallest hotel in Seattle.
Kone will supply the vertical transportation equipment for the project including 24 elevators and 12 escalators. Servicing the hotel tower, 16 of the elevator units will feature a destination control system, allowing passengers to be routed to the right elevator and speeding up travel while improving efficiency.
Kone will also install 12 escalators, six machine room-less elevators and two freight elevators to facilitate people flow throughout the eight-story convention center at the building’s base.
As part of this project, Kone’s JumpLift will have its U.S. debut. JumpLift is a self-climbing elevator used as an alternative to traditional exterior hoists during the construction process. With JumpLift, workers spend less time waiting for exterior hoists and more time working, resulting in a faster-build process. The specialized unit is a proven construction innovation that has been used in several other projects internationally, including in a project in Canada.
“We are delighted to be part of the Eighth and Howell Convention Center Hotel project and to be delivering a comprehensive set of innovative elevator and escalator solutions,” said Larry Wash, executive vice president for KONE Americas. “We are equally excited to work with Sellen Construction in utilizing KONE JumpLift, which helps efficiently transport construction workers. The result is a faster completed building, which enables a quicker handover to our customer.”
Eighth and Howell Convention Center Hotel will feature a hotel tower, ground-level retail, and roughly 105,000 square feet of conference space. Upon completion, the hotel’s 1,264 rooms will make it the largest hotel in the Pacific Northwest.
The contract was awarded by Elliott NE, LLC (RC Hedreen Co.) and construction management is being performed by Sellen Construction.
Rendering: LMN Architects