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SME Inc of Seattle offers our customers a broad and deep range of electrical services across commercial and industrial industries and residential properties. From tenant improvement, new build or renovations to assembly lines, healthcare facilities or multi- or single-family residences, the team at SME Inc provides experienced engineers and licensed electricians who have the skill and expertise to design, install and complete any project.

Panorama House Apartments

Photo taken by Venture General Contracting LLC

Panorama House Apartments; Security Properties, Owner

GC: Venture General Contracting LLC; Electrical Contract: $2.5 MM; Architect: Clark Design Group; Project Timeline: Fall of 2014 to Winter of 2016

Phase I living areas on floors 1-3; Phase II living areas on floors 4-18 and all common and recreational areas

Complete Renovation – Apartment Building Interior

Named for the sweeping views of Seattle from the First Hill neighborhood, Panorama House Apartments’ modernistic design beckons one to embrace the dynamic era of the early 1960s (and Seattle’s World Fair) when it was originally built. This one-acre parcel, located at 1100 University, features a 200-foot tall, 18-storied building, which houses 179 apartments, including four of the largest penthouse units in Seattle; Panorama House was purchased by Security Properties in 2014 for $73.98 million.

The apartment’s open floor plans create spacious one, two and three bedroom apartments ranging in square footage from approximately 860 to 1,383 and four penthouses with three bedrooms and two baths ranging in square footage from 2,301 to 2,462.

The original electrical wiring was cast in the concrete envelope of the Panorama House, necessitating elegant workarounds, like drop ceilings, to be employed. SME Inc of Seattle’s scope of work included the design and complete electrical renovation of the Panorama’s 179 units, common spaces and recreational areas. The electrical renovation included upgrading the entire electrical service, lighting, devices, fire and life safety systems and adding high-speed fiber networking (voice/data), bringing this historic building into the 21st century for electrical codes and lifestyle demands.


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