Auburn worked on the new construction of Seattle’s Emergency (911) Operations Center and the state’s largest fire station. Specialty installations included a vehicle-exhaust system and a cooling system for the operations center. The project received LEED Silver designation and includes a rainwater reclaim for irrigation and vehicle washing.
The Seattle Academy CUB is the home of their district’s middle school students. The structure includes a gym, commons space, administrative space, roof access, and one level of underground parking. The project is targeting LEED Gold Certification with its goal of sustainable construction.
The Pike Place WaterFront project replaced critical parking support for the market that currently exists under the Seattle Viaduct, while also providing new indoor and outdoor retail space and 25,000 SF of new affordable housing. Auburn constructed both wet and dry mechanical systems, and the project is targeting LEED Gold.
The Husky Stadium Renovation project was a developer-led, design-build project that included complete demolition and reconstruction of the lower bowl and south grandstand, renovation of the Don James Center, the addition of permanent east stands seating, as well as a 200-stall, 75,000-SF parking garage. In addition, an 80,000-SF football operations building was constructed in the west arena, housing the home-team locker room, weight room, team meeting rooms, recruiting lounge, and coaches’ offices. The project also included a 35,000-SF sports medicine clinic located beneath the south lower-bowl seating. The renovated stadium includes 70,000 seats, 2,500 club seats, and 28 new suites.
Auburn Mechanical was successfully able to implement Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) throughout all preconstruction and construction activities at Husky Stadium. IPD leverages early contributions of knowledge and expertise through the utilization of new technologies, allowing all team members to realize their highest potentials better while expanding the value they provide throughout the project lifecycle.
As a part of IPD and Lean Construction Ideologies, Auburn Mechanical was responsible for all preconstruction activities including design, detailing activities, MEP, and BIM coordination. This helped promote high productivity by lowering waste, time overruns, quality issues, and conflicts during construction. By promoting higher efficiencies in a controlled environment, we were able to prefabricate nearly 35% of the Husky Stadium Renovation at our headquarters and then deliver and install in the field.
The Lean construction approach also benefited the GMP contract structure of the project. Negotiating pricing was a collaborative approach between the owner, architect, and construction team, bringing visibility to cost impacts at the point of discovery and helping maintain budget and schedule. This promoted a team environment where all team members involved were able to discuss potential pitfalls and work together to find solutions to the issues at hand.
The ShoWare facility is a regional sports venue with LEED Gold Certification. ShoWare is the home of the Seattle Thunderbirds and Tacoma Stars. At 175,00 SF, the facility has a capacity for 7,800 people and will be a hub of sports, concerts, and events for years to come.Our scope of work included:
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 was the plumbing contractor for the renovation of the First United Methodist Church into The Sanctuary event space. The project was next door to the F5 tower project and utilized the same team. The work consisted of a full seismic upgrade of the existing structure as it was converted into the hotel’s event space. Architectural elements of the building were preserved throughout construction—historic elopements were carefully moved so upgraded plumbing could be installed. Notable work on the project included piping, bathrooms, and kitchens.
The Joseph Arnold Lofts is a design-build, 12-story apartment building. The building features PT concrete and three floors of underground parking. Auburn Mechanical worked closely with the architects, and other design consults through the design process. Of paramount concern, the parking garage would sit more than 20 feet below sea level—located on Elliot Avenue. Coordination with the general contractor was essential to ensure below-slab piping, vaults and penetrations were to be watertight. The 3D MEP coordination allowed the team to “fly through” the partitioned sections of the slab where vaults and the 30,000-gallon stormwater retention tank were segmented from the slab and enclosed in formed, waterproofed concrete.
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.