Auburn 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.
The Old Stove Brewing Company is Seattle’s newest brewery, and Auburn 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. 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. The brewery also required a waste cooling and pH neutralization system, which is in a high traffic parking garage.
The Kimpton Hotel is a 97-room hotel in the Seattle City landmark Palladian Building, located in the Belltown neighborhood. The structure needed to be updated for seismic reinforcement due to the building being built in 1920. Before the renovation, the building was low-income housing. The finished building features a meeting space, gym, bar, restaurant, and new storefronts. As a nine-story, masonry building, the renovation required seismic and mechanical upgrades and was completed in 18 months. Auburn was responsible for the plumbing scope of the project.
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 the 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.
The new 1.15 million square foot addition to the Washington State Convention Center doubles the capacity of the existing space. The mechanical systems are designed to flexibly and efficiently serve the variable loads that are associated with the convention center while minimizing energy consumption.
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 square feet, the facility has a capacity for 7,800 people and is a center of sports, concerts, and events.
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.
Auburn was the owner-direct mechanical contractor on the Westland Distillery, Process Cooling System Retrofit. Westland was using domestic water to cool the distilling process, which was not economically or environmentally viable. By installing a dual system cooling tower/chiller, they are saving 13,000 gallons of water per day and increased the efficiency by about 80% (compared to a chiller alone).
The Stone Bridge Marriott Residence Inn is a 15-story, 320-unit hotel that utilizes a fluid cooler and vertical-stack heat pumps in the guest rooms for stand-alone room controls. Also included is a mechanical room. Challenges on the job included a fast-paced completion schedule and building in a downtown environment. Auburn teamed with Mortenson and the rest of the major subcontractors to successfully implement a construction schedule and a pull-planning process that helped smooth out a tight schedule. The project also included a challenging MEP detailing process with limited ceiling space with a complex HVAC distribution that included a smoke-control system.
Auburn’s multi-project work on the 800 block of 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle is one of the largest and most complex plumbing projects in Auburn’s portfolio. The F5 Tower is a 45-story, steel-frame building with eight levels of below-grade parking. Levels 1–16 consist of a five-star luxury hotel, while the upper 28 floors are class-A office space.
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New Construction and Renovation
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