Bellingham Federal Building

The Bellingham Federal Building was constructed in 1913, incorporating a central post office, courtrooms and federal offices for the growing city. SHKS worked with the City of Bellingham on several phases of work to rehabilitate and adapt the building for use by city personnel. A building program and 20-year Preservation Plan was prepared for the 43,000-square-foot building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 20-year Plan involves phased infrastructure and life-safety upgrades together with a requirement for continued use by a variety of office tenants. The multi-phase renovation project received an AIA Washington Council Civic Design Merit Award in 2018.
Bellingham, WA

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