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.
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.
Auburn Mechanical is currently roughing in mechanical and plumbing systems for the first hotel in Seattle with fully modular hotel rooms. The lobby, offices, and building infrastructure are being built traditionally, and the modular guest rooms risers are being installed by our skilled tradespeople. We are excited to be a part of this unique and innovative project.
Located in Queen Anne, the Bayview Retirement Community offers enhanced retirement living improved with the renovation of the old building. Auburn Mechanical is the MEP engineer and design-build partner.
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.
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.