In continuing the series on 'why' we are remodeling...
> SEISMIC UPGRADES
Though once completed, most people will never notice these major improvements to the building strength, the city of Seattle DPD felt it was important to vastly increase the stability of the Abbey in case of an earthquake. You can see here the contractors are adding large posts, lots of tie-downs, bolts, etc. and then plywood will go over all the walls to create a 'lock' essentially that will hold the building together really well. It's already giving the building a great feeling of strength!
Since the walls are open we are also able to add insulation, update the wiring to current codes, and add in posts that the balcony/stairs will eventually attach to in Phase 2 or 3.