The University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College’s new 175,000-square-foot, five-level parking garage will provide 600 new parking stalls on the Bothell campus. The plumbing scope includes a sand/oil interceptor, above- and below-grade drain piping, and sump pumps. The HVAC scope includes three mini split AC units, an exhaust fan, and fire dampers. Auburn was the progressive design-build contractor.
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.
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.
Auburn is the plumbing contractor for over 200,000 square feet of office space for REI’s new multi-building headquarters at The Spring District. Auburn is completing on the shell and core, a two-level garage, and conference space. The project features green features, is aiming for LEED certification, and will emphasize energy efficiency.
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.
The Cardinal Union Building is the new middle school building for the Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences. The 71,539 square foot structure includes a serving room, kitchen, gym, commons space, administrative space, roof access, and one level of underground parking.
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.
General Contractor: JTM Construction
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