Full-mechanical contracting services are being provided for the Seattle Municipal Tower (SMT) Chiller Replacement project. The project includes replacing and installing 4,000 tons 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.
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 was a full-mechanical, progressive design-build renovation. The project benefits the Department of Psychology and the Department of Biology by updating the infrastructure, ventilation, and plumbing. As a progressive design-build project, Auburn was an early contributor to the team, by creating unique ideas to improve the quality and cost of the mechanical systems.
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. The building was fully renovated to provide classroom, office, and meeting spaces.
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.
Located in Queen Anne, the Bayview 62+ Community offers enhanced retirement living that is improved with the renovation of the old building. Auburn was the MEP engineer, full-mechanical contractor, and design-build partner. Bayview includes a new café, resident lounge, new residential tower, and an updated aesthetic throughout.
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.
Red Cedar is the second of three apartment projects that Auburn has completed as a part of the Yesler Terrace redevelopment for the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA). We performed full-mechanical engineering, design, and installation for the job. The HVAC scope included variable refrigerant flow (VRF) and in-unit energy recover vents (ERVs). In addition to plumbing for 119 residential units, the project included a solar preheat system. We also provided all the piping for the refrigeration and set of significant equipment.
General Contractor: Andersen Construction
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Based on two previously successful projects with SHA and Andersen Construction, our team was very in-tune with the client’s goals and how we would need to coordinate our work with the wood structure. Conflicts between plumbing, HVAC, and structural members were identified early in the design stage, and we were proactive in addressing issues ahead of time to eliminate coordination in the field and increase productivity on site. Our constructability reviews resulted in saving time on the project.
In coordinating with the general contractor, we gave special consideration to the vent terminations on the outside of the building to develop a solution that would be equally functional and aesthetically appealing. Work upfront was completed to ensure the entire project team was pleased with the selected type of terminations and that framing was properly coordinated for the hood.
Booster Pump and Just-In-Time Deliveries
Red Cedar required a booster pump, which we installed in the water entry room. To accomplish this, the booster pump was transported on a skid, and we hoisted it into the building. We coordinated with our subcontractor on the specific date the booster pump was needed on-site to free up valuable laydown space and eliminate unnecessary equipment movement.
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