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Posted by Tasha Weiss on September 26, 2013 at 9:30 AM.
The steel-framed building now occupied by the University of Washington Club, formerly known as the UW Faculty Center, at the University of Washington in Seattle was celebrated last week as the Club opened an exhibit of the facility’s history.
Completed in 1960, the UW Faculty Center was designed by architects Paul Kirk and Associates with Victor Steinbrueck. The building received a design award that year by the American Institute of Architects Washington State Chapter and also earned recognition in AISC’s 1961 Architectural Awards of Excellence program, which honored excellence in steel-frame architectural design. (In 2006, AISC’s IDEAS2 Awards program combined its Engineering and Architecture awards programs.)
“The steel structure, with steel T-decks exposed on the interior, gives the building a feeling of permanence and structural elegance as well as meeting required fire ratings and stringent economic considerations,” wrote Steel Construction Digest, AISC’s former newsletter with a reach extending for the first time beyond the association’s membership, in a 1961 article illustrating the project and the other architectural award winners. The jury praised “the poetic answer to the building problem that merges indoor with outdoor space” and “the graceful uses of steel wherein every member was logically and lightly handled.”
In 2010, the building received designation as a historic property on the National and Washington Heritage Registers.
More than 200 people attended the opening, with a keynote address by architect Peter Steinbrueck, son of Victor Steinbrueck. The exhibit includes the original AISC award plaque (shown in the left image) as well as the AIA award, and will remain on display through the end of the year.