Seattle Central Library


General Contractor: Hoffman Construction
Sector: Commercial
Region: USA
Business: Structural
Service: Steel Fabrication, Steel Installation
Date: 2004
Tonnage: 5,000 tons
Location: Seattle, Washington

The supply and erection of the structural steel for the Seattle Central Library was awarded to Supreme (formerly known as Canron) in 2003.

This 11-storey building is unique in appearance and contains several discrete floating platforms wrapped in a large steel and glass grid. The detailing, fabrication, and field fit-up of the fascia panels that made up this grid was the most complicated portion of the work.  These panels were fabricated from W12x19 sections all welded together.  To fabricate the 5,000 tons of steel within the scheduled time frame, Canron Portland shared some of the work with its sister facility in Delta, BC.

The library has 362,987 ft2 of area and can support approximately 1.45 million books and other materials.  Fabrication and erection of the Seattle Central Library was completed in 2004.