The Epstein Opportunity Center
is the adaptive reuse of the historic 1940’s era Yesler Terrace Steam Plant Building to create the Seattle Housing Authority’s Education and Training Center. The Center houses the Neighborhood Head Start program, Job Connection program, Catholic Community Youth Tutoring programs, City of Seattle New Citizen Program and other community services. The existing steam plant building is reinforced concrete with a 150 foot tall concrete smoke stack. Structural services included seismic analysis of the stack and building structure and design of building modification and additions including the addition of a whole new floor within the main boiler hall of the building. This project was partially funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to support the development of early childhood education and adult training for public housing residents.