Posted March 07, 2019 07:08:12The skyscrapers of Seattle have been a mainstay of the city’s skyline since the mid-1800s, but their construction has been marred by the city having its own version of the New York City skyline.
According to a study by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), the Seattle area is the only one of its size to lack a single, city-wide design standard for the exterior appearance of its skyscraper towers.
The report also noted that there are two separate, distinct standards for exterior architectural coating finishes, and that the first standard for exterior coating is known as “stoarchitecture coatings” and the second as “architector coatings.”
The Seattle Metropolitan Sewer District has created a new, more stringent standards for coatings and coatings finishes, which are meant to ensure that the new buildings look and feel like the real thing.
SDOT Director of Engineering Steve Sisolak said the city has been looking for a way to align these standards to make the buildings look like the old buildings.
Sisolak noted that the current city standards don’t have a specific standard for architectural coaterings, and he said that he was surprised when he found out that Seattle’s new standards would align with the New Yorkers.
“We’ve been working with the city and with the state, the city says that the requirements for this are what’s required, and the state says the requirements are what we want,” Sisolap said.
If you want to know more about the new standards, you can read the Seattle Times article.
Sisolaks added that the city is trying to get the standards to align with New York’s standard for coaterations, and said that the standards have been adopted by the state.
However, there are a number of other requirements that SDOT says have to be met, including that the coatings are “free of toxic or hazardous substances.”
While the new requirements do not have a city-specific standard, Sisolaks said that “they’re very much aligned with what we would expect.”
Sylvia Pizzolatto, an architectural historian who works for the Seattle Center for the History of Architecture, said that her understanding is that the New Yorker standard for coating is the more restrictive of the two, and Sisolakis added that she believes that this is the reason why the standards don´t align.
Pizzolatti said that there is a distinction between coatings that are free of chemical contaminants and coaters that are meant for exterior use.
While both of these requirements are strict, she said that a “more liberal standard” would be required in order to make sure that coatings used for interior use do not contain toxic chemicals.
For example, Pizzollatti said, a standard for indoor use would need to include coatings for both indoor and outdoor use.
She said that Sisolaki is correct that it would not be possible for the standards in Seattle to align.
She said that in Seattle, the standard for paint for interior coatings is one that is “more strict” than the city standard, but she also said that this does not mean that there would be no standards for the coaters used for exterior coatings.
One of the most obvious problems with the new coatings standards is that they are currently being implemented without public input.
Pizza Hut is not the first company to adopt the new standard for interior coating.
McDonalds announced last year that it had adopted a similar standard.
McDonalds spokesperson Amanda Larkin told ABC News that the company believes that the standard is “fair and necessary.”
“The fact is, we are not required to meet the standards for interior paint, but we’re required to ensure it is clean,” Larkin said.
“That’s not to say that you have to get rid of the coater, but it’s to say you have a responsibility to ensure the paint is safe for the environment.”
McDonald’s has been using a different paint formulation since the 1970s.
Larkin also said the company will not be adding any coatings to its stores.
In addition, a number companies have announced that they have stopped using coatings altogether.
In response to the SDOT report, Seattle’s City Councilmember Debora Juarez, said in a statement that the SDOTS standards are “important to ensure Seattle’s skyline continues to shine and provide quality architecture for generations to come.”
The SDOT has not commented on the possibility of changing the standards.