Project Information

Main Contractor

Hoffman Construction Company

The Building

The space needle is an observation tower in Seattle, Washington. It stands at 604 ft, withstands winds up to 200 mph and withstands earthquakes of up to 9.0 magnitude. Visitors can travel up the tower to the viewpoint via a lift. The viewpoint has views of then downtown Seattle skyline, the olympic and cascade mountains, Elliott bay and other various islands in Puget Sound.

The Process

Steven Lyons (Managing director) flew out to Seattle to do the consultation with Hoffman (the main contractor for Seattle Space Needle project) and Otis.

Steve, Karol (designer and programmer engineer) and Andy (head of engineering) did a design review in the uk, then held a presentation on an online call.

Once the project was agreed Andy went to assess the lift position configuration in Seattle.

The project was then signed off and the lift was built and tested in the UK by our engineering team.

The lift was then shipped via sea and overland transportation via Holland then was shipped from Holland to Canada, then by road using a HGV to Washington.

The lift had to be designed so all components would fit inside the current lift space of the passenger lift that currently is in use at the space needle, (without this the lift would never have been transported to the observation desk as there was no other way of transporting the lift into the critical area)

Andy and 3 other sesame engineers then went to Seattle to install the lift.

This was a 2 year project but work was done over a 16 week period.