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Ornate bifold grill design adorns luxurious apartment building
FAIRFAX, Minn., November 19, 2018 – It’s been said that ideas are the source of innovation. They propel us forward, fueling new insights and breakthroughs. Meet the new neighbor cruising into Capitol Hill’s historic auto row at 714 East Pike Street in Seattle. Pike Motorworks is the next chapter of the Pike/Pine renaissance, offering über-luxurious apartments and unrivaled amenities. Every detail has been designed to preserve the site’s historic origins and celebrate the Hill’s effortless individuality, from the urban art sculpture in the courtyard to the building’s original 1926 auto row façade.

For those who like bells and whistles, you’ll love the extraordinary finishes and details at Pike Motorworks. Sleek plank flooring, sexy black subway tile and dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows set the stage for interiors that will get your motor running. The Hill’s best restaurants and shops are your backyard, but with amenities like rooftop lounge, fitness and yoga studios and a brewpub on site.

Adding to the historic look of the building are two custom-made decorative – and functional – Schweiss Doors bifold liftstrap designer doors; one measures 11 feet, 10 inches by 11 feet, 11 inches and the other 11 feet, 1inch by 10 feet, 1 inch. Instead of the conventional metal, glass or wood exterior cladding, these doors feature a decorative exterior, 12-gauge steel cladding that blends in very nicely with the exterior brick of the Pike Motorworks apartment building. The doors, located on each side of the building, provide a pedestrian walk-through atrium between buildings and can be closed in the evening.

“They wanted the architectural feel and look of a fence and at the same time they wanted to keep the building appeal,” says Jon Bennion, project manager from Crawford Door Company LLC, a Washington and Oregon specialty contractor. Crawford Door also has installed Schweiss hydraulic doors on Sam’s Tavern, a Seattle bar and restaurant, in addition to Schweiss bifold doors at numerous other places.

“The bifolds have somewhat of an industrial feel and give an architect the kind of look they are trying to achieve,” Bennion says. “We’ve been specializing in commercial doors for a long time and so we’ve been hearing about Schweiss Doors going back some time. It’s a good door that provides solutions. We pride ourselves on the ability to offer solutions for a certain appearance. A lot of what these doors do is give the architect the freedom to design the appearance. If you want to choose something that is structurally glazed and/or with metal cladding, perforated panels or to create something unique, Schweiss gives the architect the freedom to use the face of a bifold or hydraulic door as a canvas – Schweiss provides a frame for that canvas.”

Located in the heart of Seattle, Capitol Hill provides a home for the city’s active arts scene, constantly evolving social spaces and maturing culinary hot spots. Due to the main thoroughfare, Broadway East, cutting through the eastern portion of the neighborhood, Capitol Hill is also referred to as Broadway, and harbors some of the highest-price properties in the city.

“We pride ourselves to be commercial door experts,” Bennion says. “There is more than one way to close an opening and to figure out what is the best architecturally and structurally. We pride ourselves on coming up with solutions and providing a high-quality product that our clients can be pleased and happy with, and to do the install for them. Schweiss Doors has helped us do that with many clients over the years and hopefully, for many clients continuing on.”

Schweiss Doors is the premier manufacturer of hydraulic and bifold liftstrap doors. Doors are custom made to any size for any type of new or existing building for architects and builders determined to do amazing things with their buildings, including the doors. Schweiss also offers a cable to liftstrap conversion package. For more information, visit www.bifold.com.

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PikeMotorworks1: Two ornately clad Schweiss Doors bifold designer doors blend in with the historic 1926 look of a new apartment complex at Seattle’s historic auto row. The custom-made liftstrap doors measure 11 feet, 10 inches by 11 feet, 11 inches and 11 feet, 1 inch by 10 feet, 1 inch. Each door is equipped with photo eye sensors.

PikeMotorworks2: The bifold liftstrap doors are located at opposite sides of the Motorworks apartment building. The doors are opened during the day to provide a pedestrian walk-through atrium.

PikeMotorworks3: When closed, the bifold doors provide security for the apartment building residents.

PikeMotorworks4: A special flat-hinge design enabled the doors to be mounted to the bottom of door header. The powerful motors lift the 12-gauge steel clad doors in a matter of seconds.

PikeMotorworks5: Manual side latches, located on each side, lock in the door tight to the building. Top-drive motors are not visible when the doors are open or closed.

PikeMotorworks6: This photo shows the position of the top-drive motor and rail system that the bifold black liftstrap door rides on.