The Urban Land Institute named The Mark a finalist for the 2019 Global Awards for Excellence among 19 other projects world-wide. The site includes a 48-story mixed-use tower and a historic church building renovation. Rushing provided commissioning services for the tower, and, for the historic building, provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering as well as energy services.

Founded more than 100 years ago as the First United Methodist Church, the Byzantine-style church is a historic landmark of Seattle. In 2007, developers at Daniels Real Estate reached an agreement to purchase the site to preserve the sanctuary and build a new mixed-use tower on site. Rushing’s services helped restore the historic building which opened as an event venue in 2017 called The Sanctuary.

The Mark tower, offering 528,000 square feet of office space as well as a 189-room luxury hotel, was designed to compliment the sanctuary, incorporating the church’s exterior wall as one wall of the lobby and utilizing it as hotel event space. Rooftop space of the sanctuary also houses beehives which provide honey for the hotel’s restaurant. Built on only one quarter of a block (15,000 square feet), The Mark’s design expands its capacity by gently sloping outward to a mid-point before sloping back toward the building’s center.

According to ULI member and jury chairman Jacinta McCann, “what distinguished the 19 finalists is the way they have significantly improved the communities in which they are located… through their long-lasting impact, they are demonstrating the best leadership globally in the responsible use of land.”

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