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Port of Everett celebrates ´topping off' of Hotel Indigo at Waterfront Place Central

Date: Jan 9, 2019
Today, the final beam of the new Hotel Indigo was set, topping off the first private development at the Port of Everett’s Waterfront Place Central in Fisherman’s Harbor.
Port and local government officials joined project partners to commemorate this milestone by recognizing the labor of the Ferguson Construction crew and signing the beam before it was hoisted into position. The ceremony was attended by Port Commissioners Glen Bachman, Bruce Fingarson, Tom Stiger, Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin and Snohomish County Council Chair Terry Ryan, among other representatives from the Hotel Indigo, the Port, and Ferguson Construction.

A topping off ceremony is popular in building construction as a builder’s rite, traditionally held when the last beam is placed atop a structure during its construction. This practice is traced to the ancient Scandinavian rite of placing a tree atop a new building to appease the tree-dwelling spirits displaced through construction. For this reason, evergreen boughs were placed upon the iron beam, and a gift of food (in this case donuts) was given to the workers.

The 98,000 square foot Hotel Indigo is set to open in June 2019; reservations for the hotel and meeting space will open in February. The final $36,000,000 construction boasts 142 rooms, more than 7,000 square feet of event space and full services of a restaurant, bar, and indoor pool surrounded by beautiful outdoor plazas. The luxury Hotel Indigo brand is one of several flags among Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts ( which boasts 211 locations worldwide primarily in Europe and Asia.  The Hotel Indigo concept features a unique boutique hotel combining authentic local experiences reflecting the community around it with modern design, luxurious spa-like rooms, and great service. 

From Left to Right: MZA Architects Craig Davenport, Terrie Battuello, Chief of Business Development for the Port of Everett, Christine Lee, hotel owner, Omar Lee, hotel owner, Snohomish County Council Chairman Terry Ryan, Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin, Port Commissioner Glen Bachman, Bruce Fingarson, Tom Stiger, and the Port’s Lisa Lefeber. 


From Left to Right: Port Commissioner Tom Stiger, Glen Bachman and Bruce Fingarson provide donuts to the construction workers in honor of the topping out celebration. 


The construction teams for Hotel Indigo and the Port of Everett. 


Ferguson Construction loading the final signed beam onto the forklift to hoist into position on the new Hotel Indigo, a hotel that will double the number of waterfront rooms in Snohomish County. 

Construction Facts

The Hotel consists of one level of Post Tension Transfer Deck with Three levels of Wood Frame above.
The Hotel sits on 478 - 18” piles, which are 31 feet deep.  More than 3,000 cubic yards of concrete will be used on this project, including 1,300 yards in the Post Tension Deck.

Key Players Include:

  • Property Owner: Port of Everett
  • Hotel Owner: Omar and Christine Lee
  • Hotel Operator: Columbia Hospitality
  • Architect MZA Architects
  • Structural Engineer Brienen’s Structural Engineers
  • General Contractor: Ferguson Construction Inc.
  • Interiors: Jensen Fey 

Key Sub Contractors Include:

  • McDowell NW Pile Driving
  • Northwest Construction
  • Apollo Mechanical
  • Holmes Electric
  • Alliance Partition Systems
  • Construction Ahead
  • Marvin Sheet Metal
  • Premier Roofing

For more information, contact Lisa Lefeber at or by phone at 425.388.0617.

About Hotel Indigo 

This location will be a significant hub in the new Fisherman’s Harbor and feature local flavors on their menus and the art and photography of the location displayed as part of the design. This location is owned by Omar and Christine Lee, owner of the Great Wall Mall, Kent and the recently opened tech-hip Hotel Interurban in Tukwila. The facility will be under Columbia Hotel and Resort Management (, founded in 1995, manages Bell Harbor among many other notable hotels and resorts around western United States as well as being the largest hospitality management firm in the region. The construction services have been provided by Ferguson Construction (, in business since 1948 and involved in major projects around the northwest and Coastal Community Bank has provided some financing or the project and AZM.