Auburn Mechanical partnered with DPR construction on the full-mechanical, design-build TI located on the 5th floor of the Market Place Building. WRNS Studio is a planning and architecture firm from San Francisco, with a focus on high-quality, sustainable design. Recently WRNS was named the #1 architecture firm in the US by Architect Magazine for 2018, and they are in the early stages of a strategic push into the Seattle market. Their constant pursuit of sustainability was evident during the design process. LEED V4, WELL 2.0, and LBC (Living Building Challenge) were all carefully considered and selectively integrated into the design. LBC presented a new challenge to the Auburn team who took it in stride. With only a handful of projects, LBC certified in Seattle there was limited historical information to reference. A component of LBC is the “Red List” material list which asks that design teams show due diligence in engineering these red-listed projects materials. Material vetting, selection, and purchasing were all key phases of this project and required extensive research and documentation.
Located in the central terminal of the SeaTac Airport, the Pallino Pastaria is a full-mechanical, tenant improvement project under Wilcox Construction. Our team performed the grease ducts and hoods, fire wrap, and standard insulation in the space. There was plenty of design assistance from our project management and field team to ensure the project was a success. The restaurant’s owner is directly involved in many aspects of the project and has required assistance in making his vision into a workable reality. This is the first Port of Seattle job Auburn has been involved in for several years. The Pallino Tenant Improvement is located in a terminal area with three other restaurant tenant improvements currently under construction.
Auburn Mechanical is the full-mechanical contractor for a whole-building renovation of the University of Washington Kincaid Hall. The UW originally built the building in 1969 as the zoology building, and after years of use, it is being upgraded up to modern standards for use by different departments within the university system. The project utilizes the progressive design-build delivery. Auburn Mechanical is teamed up with PAE to design and build entirely new mechanical and plumbing systems for the building. The users are currently scheduled to move out of the building in May of this year to allow for demolition and abatement before construction starts in the fall. The expected completion date is late 2020. This will be Auburn Mechanical’s second progressive design-build project with the University of Washington.
About every three years, Auburn undergoes a peer review from other contractors throughout the United States. A lot of hard work was put into preparing and participating in the event, but it was also a lot of fun! Thank you to everyone who came to review us and to all Auburn employees who participated.
Auburn had a memorable time at MCAA19. We participated in education and networking opportunities with mechanical industry peers from across the nation. Phoenix was terrific, and we are already looking forward to Maui in 2020!
The UW Tacoma McDonald-Smith project was completed while occupied by a tenant on level one. The historic 1890 building was renovated, which added office and meeting spaces as well as a new mechanical system. Auburn was responsible for the HVAC and plumbing on the project.
Auburn is the plumbing contractor for the REI Spring District Headquarters. The new construction project consists of over 200,000 SF of office space for REI’s multi-building headquarters at The Spring District. Work will be done on the shell and core, a two-level garage, and conference space. The project features green features, is aiming for LEED certification, and will emphasize energy efficiency.
Years ago, we established an award system to acknowledge individuals that exemplify Auburn’s culture. Each year we recognize one recipient from the office, one from the field, and one rookie of the year. For 2018, we are proud to announce that David Halseth, Brett Kilekas, and Mark Templeton are our 2018 winners.
David Halseth, Project Manager, Employee of the Year – Office During the past year, David has managed four major projects. These projects are all at unique stages of the construction cycle which has given David the opportunity to grow his skill set in preconstruction and project management. David is a strong supporter of his co-workers and the company, being involved in campus recruiting and by chairing the Project Engineer Committee
Brett Kilekas, Foreman, Employee of the Year – Field Brett uses precise drawings, his even demeanor, and a sheer amount of knowledge to make projects successful. He is not only a skilled sheet metal worker but a person to imitate because of his character. His professionalism in the way he conducts himself daily is unmatched, and he is a mentor to everyone in our company.
Mark Templeton, Project Manager, Rookie of the Year Mark has been prominent in managing projects for Auburn’s Special Projects Division. He is exceptional because of his hard work, focus to details, and willingness to help the Auburn team in any way he can.
Joe Schumacher and Austin Hanks recently passed the Certified Plumbing Design Technician (CPDT) examination. This certification demonstrates Auburn Mechanical’s qualifications and capabilities in plumbing engineering and design. The CPDT certification was created by the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) to further expertise as part of their educational programs and professional development.