Darrel is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) who offers over 15 years of experience working in the safety field for specialty contractors in the Puget Sound region. Joining Auburn at a particularly critical time, Darrel will be committed to the review and evaluation of workplace safety recommendations associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, incorporating the latest information into Auburn Mechanical’s safety policies, and procedures. He will also work with company leadership on the firm’s return-to-work policy and safety guidelines for Auburn Mechanical’s main campus and satellite offices.
Full-mechanical contracting services are being provided for the Seattle Municipal Tower (SMT) Chiller Replacement project. The project includes replacing and installing 4,000 pounds of water-cooled chillers, as well as the complete replacement of the central plant for the 62-story tower. The project involves crane picks from a condensed, downtown street to the new central plant via access atop of the building’s parking garage. Auburn is 3D detailing and fabricating all mechanical equipment and components for the complete central plant replacement.
Helios is a 400-unit, 40-story apartment building in Seattle. The base of the tower features retail space with the podium of the tower facilitating four floors of above-grade parking located right above the retail level. Auburn’s scope of work included design-build plumbing.
Bud started plumbing as a plumbing apprentice in 2001 and progressed to Foreman in 2006. Starting in 2010, Bud transitioned to the detailing department. He has detailed projects in numerous markets such as healthcare, residential, mixed-use, office, and industrial.
Auburn 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 project 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 provided 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. The restaurant is located in a terminal area with three other restaurant tenant improvements currently under construction.
UW Kincaid Hall is a full-mechanical, progressive design-build renovation. The project will benefit the Department of Psychology and the Department of Biology by updating the infrastructure, ventilation, and plumbing. As a progressive design-build project, Auburn will be an early contributor to the team, by creating unique ideas to improve the quality and cost of the mechanical systems.
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.