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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
This design-build project was the new construction of three residential towers, a podium, and four stories of above-ground parking. The completed project is 877,000 SF. The structure consists of post-tensioned concrete on a deep pile foundation and is a mixed-use development. The project utilizes in-slab PEX water piping, which is all pre-fabricated as is the majority (95%) of D/W/V piping. The use of the Trimble device for in-slab MEP activities rapidly expedited the layout time while 3D modeling increased MEP coordination and productivity allowing us to forecast conflicts (of all types, architectural, structural, etc.) ahead of time and design accordingly.
Amazon Block 45 includes a 13-story, 317,000-SF office building with four levels of below-grade parking. The building includes a reception area, interview rooms, and commissary kitchen located on the first floor. The second floor houses training rooms, usability labs, a podcast room, and café. Private and open offices and conference and break rooms are located on floors three through twelve. Auburn Mechanical was the design-build, plumbing partner on the project. Our scope of work included:
800 feet of underground plumbing
Installation of the storm drain system, roof and floor drains, and all associated piping
Sanitary waste and vent piping, plumbing fixtures and equipment, piping, and metering; condensate drain system and natural gas piping
Installation of domes; hot and cold water for the commercial kitchen, core and shell restrooms, and break rooms
Auburn Mechanical was the full-mechanical and design-build contractor on the Overlake Hospital Medical Center Cancer Wellness Center project. Auburn completed 70,000 SF of construction within the main campus, south tower, and medical pavilion. All work was separated into four major phases with multiple sub-phases for each area to maintain a constant flow in critical and sensitive areas within a fully-operational hospital.
Auburn performed mechanical work for the pharmacy, surgery, and imaging departments; labs, common spaces, and the general exam-room environments. The project scope consisted of medical gas systems/equipment, stainless-steel quench vents, DI piping, chilled-water systems, heating water systems, domestic waters, sanitary waste/vent, storm drain, compressed air, VAV boxes, fan coil units, concealed and exposed HVAC ductwork, and rooftop exhaust fans
The Moore Center project provided the Auburn team with some challenges as the original building was permitted for office space and the project required a residential treatment facility. For the space to meet the new requirements of occupancy, the fire and smoke systems were completely redesigned by the Auburn engineering team and installed within a short amount of time to meet a very aggressive schedule. Auburn’s CAD department used their state-of-the-art 3D scanner to get an accurate model for the existing building. The Auburn team faced some permitting challenges, but despite these issues, Auburn was able to complete this complex, fast-paced, full-mechanical project on schedule.