Expeditors International Headquarters

Seattle, WA

Expeditors International Headquarters

225,000 sf renovation/expansion


  • Expeditors Intl Exterior at Dusk
  • Expeditors Intl S View PreRenovation
  • Expeditors Intl S View Completed
  • Expeditors Intl N View PreRenovation
  • Expeditors Intl Exterior at Dusk
  • Expeditors Intl Entry
  • Expeditors Intl Lobby
  • Expeditors Intl Construction
  • Expeditors Intl Construction

The comprehensive renovation and expansion of a dated Seattle City Light office building resulted in a new world headquarters for Expeditors International.

The existing 140,000 sf, nine-story office building was stripped back to its structural frame. An additional 85,000 sf of new office space was created by enlarging the existing floor plates and by adding four new floors at the top of the building. A complete seismic upgrade was required. All existing elevators, electrical and mechanical systems were replaced with energy efficient systems.

The exterior appearance of the building was transformed with new granite cladding on the podium base and an elegant curtain wall on the tower. The Third Avenue street frontage was activated with new retail and restaurant storefronts. It was also augmented with a continuous steel and glass marquee along the entire block front.

Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, Office Development of the Year, 1999

Photography: © Michael Shopenn Photography