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Auburn Mechanical Awarded SMACNA Safety Award

Auburn Mechanical Awarded SMACNA Safety Award

Auburn Mechanical just received the Zero Injury Award from SMACNA (Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractor’s National Association). Good job team!

Brien Lautman Promoted to Project Executive

Brien Lautman Promoted to Project Executive

Auburn Mechanical has promoted Brien Lautman to project executive. Brien has been with Auburn Mechanical since 2009 and manages the company’s technology projects. He recently completed the multi-million-dollar renovation of a high-profile corporate campus. He also is an active leader in Auburn Mechanical’s life science projects.

Old Stove Brewery

Old Stove Brewery at Pike Place Market

The Old Stove Brewing Co. is Seattle’s newest brewery, and Auburn Mechanical had the privilege of being part of the team that brought the brewery’s second location to life. Located on Western Avenue in the Pike Place Market’s new MarketFront building, the brewery overlooks the Puget Sound and has great connectivity to the revitalized waterfront. A temporary bar was established early in the project to coincide with the MarketFront’s summer grand opening. The full brewery and kitchen have opened. Auburn’s crews were faced with challenges both new and familiar, including the installation of a steam line which not only required coordination between Pike Place PDA, SDOT, Historic Seattle Preservation Foundation, and Enwave (Formally Seattle Steam) but also had to work around an art installation along Western Avenue. Existing MEP infrastructure was relocated to provide more headroom for the new mezzanine. The brewery also required a waste cooling and pH neutralization system, which is in a high traffic parking garage.

Facts:

  • General Contractor: Addatto Construction
  • Plumbing
  • HVAC
  • New Construction

Walton Lofts

Walton Lofts

The Walton Lofts project was the new construction of the design-build, 12 story, 156,300-SF apartment building with 136 units featuring a loft-like setting. The 12-story building offers studios, one bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments. Walton Lofts is a Green Globe project with a building constructed of post-tensioning concrete and includes three floors of underground parking. Auburn Mechanical worked closely with the architects and other design consultants through the design process.

Facts:

  • General Contractor: Turner Construction
  • Plumbing Design
  • New Construction

Red Cedar

Yesler Terrace Phase III – Red Cedar

Red Cedar is the second of three apartment projects that we are doing as a part of the Yesler Terrace redevelopment for the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA). We performed the full-mechanical scope for the job. For the plumbing scope, we provided the solar preheat system. For the piping scope, we provided all the piping for the refrigeration and set up significant amounts of equipment. For the HVAC scope, we provided a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system and in-unit energy recovery vents (ERVs).

Facts:

  • General Contractor: Andersen Construction
  • Plumbing
  • Mechanical
  • New Construction

More About the Project:

Coordination

We were very in-tune with the client’s needs in how we coordinated in the wood structure (which can be a challenge). We identified many spaces where there was going to be constraints as far as conflicts with plumbing, HVAC, and structural members. We were proactive in addressing all of those issues ahead of time, so they were not issues when we got to the field. We worked with the rest of the design team to come up with resolutions to those problems early on. Our constructability reviews resulted in saving time on the project.

Exteriors

When we were coordinating with the general contractor, we gave special consideration to the vent terminations on the outside of the building. If you pay attention to some buildings, you can see visually unappealing vent terminations. We did plenty of work upfront to ensure that the entire project team was pleased with the type of terminations we were going to install. If something needed to change, we were going to change it in a timely matter. We also had to coordinate the framing and the overall look of the hoods.

Solar Systems

Solar systems preheat the domestic water, so you do not have as much demand on the central boiler system. We installed about 54 panels on the roof of the building where we had to contend with the wind. The rooftop installation required extra planning to ensure a safe installation.

Booster Pump and Just-In-Time Deliveries

Red Cedar required a booster pump, and we installed it in the water entry room. The booster pump was brought out on a skid, and we hoisted it to the building. We worked with Columbia Hydronics, so they would know the specific date we needed the booster pump on site, so the system would not sit around and take up valuable space.

Atlas Apartments

7th & Gilman

7th & Gilman is a mid-rise apartment complex on a six-acre space with 340 multi-family units. Apartments will be built in three buildings, with each building being five-stories tall, and will reside above underground parking garages. The scope of work includes full mechanical on all buildings associated with the project.

Facts:

  • General Contractor: Andersen Construction

Kimpton Hotel

Kimpton Hotel

The Kimpton Hotel (Palladian) is a 97-room hotel in the Seattle City landmark Palladian building. The building structure needed to be updated for seismic reinforcement due to the building being historical. The emergency generator could not be installed in the existing location in the basement which was an interesting logistical challenge.

Facts:

  • General Contractor: JTM Construction
  • Design-Build
  • Plumbing

3rd & Lenora

3rd & Lenora

The 3rd & Lenora site is situated in Belltown near Seattle’s retail district, Pike Place Market, and South Lake Union. This 36-story mixed-use residential, office and retail space building will allow individuals to live, work, and play all within one spacious and modern facility. This project is being delivered in two phases—a shell and core and a tenant improvement phase. Auburn is the design-build contractor for both phases.

Facts:

  • Design-Build
  • Plumbing
  • New Construction

Rowley Extended Stay

Rowley Extended Stay

The upscale Homewood Suites by Hilton, Rowley Extended Stay is a 123-suite, eight-story hotel located off state Route 900 in Issaquah. The design-build project took an extensive preconstruction effort to help the owners get to a feasible price that would allow them to move forward with construction of the project. After almost two years of value engineering and various pricing activities, we were able to help get the project funded. Carrying the Hilton name comes with the expectancy to maintain their high standards. Working collaboratively with the owner, architect, contractor and Hilton allowed Auburn to satisfy all parties and provide a hotel built with the intention of 100% guest satisfaction.

Facts:

  • General Contractor: GLY Construction
  • Design-Build
  • Plumbing
  • New Construction