Harwood CondominiumsThe Harwood Condominiums are a seven-building, 105-unit complex located in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. Some of the condominium units include commanding views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains, and Safeco Field and Quest Fields. Built in 1985, the buildings were in need of some substantial upgrades when Charter Construction began work on the complex in 2017. Charter was hired to complete a substantial portion of the remodeling project and also to project manage and coordinate the efforts of multiple subcontractors.
All seven buildings had vinyl siding that was failing. The old siding was replaced with metal and Hardi Plank cladding. New doors and windows were installed, replacing all of the outdated windows, sliding glass doors, and swing doors in the complex. As the existing roof was defective, it was removed and a new roof was installed. The private decks throughout the complex were waterproofed and railings were added. Charter employees completely rebuilt the entry breezeways and mail kiosks. The main courtyard was re-coated and new tight-lines were installed.
This project presented some real challenges. Working in the busy Beacon Hill neighborhood required Charter employees to carefully coordinate the use of the surrounding streets. Scaffolding and other vertical access methods for the multi-story buildings had to be planned. Staging materials was challenging because the site area was small. Working on a courtyard that was located over a parking garage was complicated because of the weight constraints. The condominiums were also occupied during construction, which meant that careful planning and clear communication with residents was essential throughout the construction process. Finally, this project was completed on a tight, short timeline during the Fall and Winter months. Many of the materials required special protection due to the rain and cold temperatures. Today, the Harwood Condominium residents enjoy their building’s enhanced safety features and refreshed appearance which will serve them well for decades to come.
Architect: Soltner Group Architects
Location: Seattle, WA