Issaquah Highlands Self-Storage Building

We recently finished a new self storage building in Issaquah located at 910 NE High Street. The building stands 6-stories (68,700 S.F.) and contains a leasing office, hundreds of storage spaces of various sizes, and a separate retail space on the ground floor. The building was fitted onto a narrow site that is roughly 50ft. x 250ft. The nature of this site lead to some creative design solutions, such as a cantilever along the street side, that was necessary to fit everything into the building that was desired. To date this is the tallest building that we have designed here at Magellan Architects!

View from street corner. Photo Credit:_______

View from street corner. Photo Credit: Bernie Derke

The general contractor for this project was Foushee and Associates and the architectural design for the most part was a collaborative effort from multiple people at our firm. Below is a couple of pictures showing the erection of some large concrete tilt up panels.

Photo Credit: Kristie McLean (

Photo Credit: Kristie McLean (

Photo Credit: Kristie McLean (

Photo Credit: Kristie McLean (

And finally a picture of the completed interior. Stay tuned for future completed project profiles!

Photo Credit: _______

Photo Credit: Bernie Derke


Favorite Finishes: New Wallcovering

We received a new wallcovering card in the mail the other day from Wolf-Gordon for some new patterns and colorways in their Infinity line of recycled polyester wall coverings. Loving this bold chevron pattern, Adire.  It’s retro and clean but also makes a statement.

Looks like a great option for hospitality, bold office spaces, or even an adventurous retail space. I love that it comes in bold colorways with contrasting colors, subtle pastel variations, and deep rich jewel tones.

This product is 100% recycled polyester with recycled backing, for an overall post-consumer Recycled Content of 20%. It also has custom color capability for 300 yards. Check it out!

**Note: Magellan Architects does not receive compensation for any products shared on this blog. These are simply products we stumble upon and want to share with our design colleagues!**

10 years going strong

We’re back! After trouble shooting some office technology hurdles, the Magellan team is back to bring you news on our projects and design ideas from around the community.

Also, its our tenth anniversary celebration this year, so we’ll be posting more on what that means for Magellan and our trusted counterparts. Stay tuned. Thanks for joining us!

Friday Foto

Photo of the day comes to you from our construction site at the previous Lamps Plus location on NE 8th in Bellevue. This site will soon be a Bartell Drugs complete with a new facade and higher parapet. Stay tuned for project progress.

Magellan Crew tackles Multifamily Housing

All photo credit Habitat for Humanity East King County

On the first real spring day, a crew of 5 Magellan employees and friends joined with Habitat for Humanity East King County to work on their ambitious Issaquah Highlands project. The building –  a duplex with stellar views of downtown Seattle and the Olympic Peninsula is in the process of installing exterior sheathing. Windows had just been installed and interior work is slated to commence soon. We worked on window trim and corner trim (and our tans!).

Our crew worked alongside other volunteers from around the community as well as a team of full time Americorps participants. We worked mainly with Liz, a full time Habitat EKC employee who was fun, upbeat, and knowledgeable about the projects.

Bob sizes up the trim

Dirk serious at the chop saw

Pedro rules the scaffold

What a great way to kick off the summer of DIY!

What a beautiful day!

PSE Factoria: Complete!

Our project for Puget Sound Energy’s Factoria Service Center was completed in October. This was a 32,000 s.f. new office building and renovation of an existing warehouse facility. We are on track to receive LEED Gold certification under LEED v2.2. This is the largest project complete to date by Magellan Architects, so this is a proud moment for our design team!

Principal in Charge: Pedro Castro

Project Manager: Glenn Steiner

Design Support: Howard Lee, Josh Peterson, Heather Tomlin, Brianne Culley, Theresa Greene

General Contractor: Lydig Construction

Consultants: Case Engineering (Electrical), Abossein Engineering (Mechanical), Dibble Engineering (Structural), David Evans + Associates (Civil), O’brien + Co. (LEED Project Management), McKinstry (CxA)

Emerging Green Builders January Event

Join the Cascadia Green Building Council Seattle Branch for their Emerging Green Builders Event on January 15th – Hosted at University of Washington. EGB is largely comprised of sturdents, those within 5 years of graduation, and individuals under the age of 30, although all are welcome.

For students, there will be a “speed mentoring” session at this event with an opportunity to meet industry professionals.