Seattle DJC: UW Discovery Hall wins AGC Build Washington Award!

Associated General Contractors of Washington recognized some of the state's most successful projects and people at its 2015 Build Washington Awards program, held on May 14 at Seattle's Museum of Flight.

"We are thrilled to recognize an outstanding group of projects, companies and people this year, representing important advances in project delivery and putting safety first," said AGC of Washington President Gary Smith of Lease Crutcher Lewis. "Community is a central theme — from safely and efficiently building places where people live, learn and work to helping a community get back on its feet after a major tragedy." 

The grand award in the construction category went to Imco General Construction of Ferndale for its state Route 530 roadway clearing project following the Oso mudslide. Exxel Pacific of Bellingham received the grand award for safety. Imco General Construction also won the 2015 AGC/Moss Adams Service to the Community award, and Turner Construction won the excellence in technology award. 

Jim Davis of GLY Construction was named project manager of the year, Kevin Lanham of Exxel Pacific was named superintendent of the year, and Kirk Baisch of University Mechanical Contractors received the Brian Salsgiver Safety Professional of the Year award. 

Judges for the safety excellence awards were Anne Soiza from the state Department of Labor and Industries, Dale Cavanaugh from OSHA, Sathy Rajendran from Central Washington University’s Safety and Health Management program, Ken-Yu Lin from the University of Washington College of Built Environments, and Doug Buman from the Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund. 

Construction excellence award judges were Kevin Flanagan from NAC Architecture, Craig McDaniel from the Washington State Department of Transportation, Greg Gilda of DCI Engineers, Bill Bender from the University of Washington, and Dan Chandler of OAC Services. 

UW Bothell Discovery HallConstruction Award - Public Building $25-50 million 

  • Location: Bothell 
  • General contractor: Lease Crutcher Lewis 
  • Owner/developer: University of Washington 
  • Primary designer: THA Architecture 

University of Washington Bothell’s Discovery Hall expanded capacity by 1,000 students with a focus on high-demand STEM fields and kicked off a new era of campus improvements. The team beat an aggressive budget and schedule by rethinking the general contractor/construction manager process, and leveraging integrated teaming better than any previous UW project. 

The project was kept on track through integrated teaming, design and construction innovations, and lean construction, including innovations like building a foundation wall early, reducing soil trucking by 8,000 cubic yards, and having 20 trades participate in a “federated model” to virtually build the project. These and other advances helped to dramatically reduce RFIs and change orders, and saved a large percentage of the UW’s contingency. This project had just one-fifth the change cost per square foot as other recent UW projects. 

The project’s safety program was intensive, with a journeyman from every trade and subcontractor walking the site weekly to identify and resolve issues together. This provided added expertise and a new level of buy-in and commitment. The project had no time-loss incidents and achieved an overall incidence rate of 2.27, including all subcontractor hours and recordables. 

Students, faculty, staff and passers-by were on campus at all hours. Lewis worked hard to ensure safe, clearly marked pathways, rigorously plan and supervise truck and equipment moves, and maintain overall site cleanliness. 

Steve Tatge, director of major projects for the UW Capital Projects Office, said, “Our goal with this project was nothing less than transforming the way UW delivers major capital projects through collaboration, building-information modeling, and questioning everything about the ‘old way’ we did things. The Lewis team embraced that challenge and pushed all of us to make this project exemplary — and they succeeded.” 

Check out the DJC article here.