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May 2, 2013

Commercial Construction

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The Tehaleh information center houses offices, a cafe and gathering space. Outside, there is a patio and warming shelter with fire pit.

The Post at Tehaleh

AP|Rushforth


Architect: Aecom

Owner: Nash Cascadia Verde LLC

ABC members: CNA Insurance; Mechanical & Control Services


The Post at Tehaleh is the information center at the 4,200-acre Tehaleh community under development in Bonney Lake. The community ultimately will have 5,900 homes, employment centers and schools.

The 3,300-square-foot information center houses offices for community representatives, a cafe and gathering spaces. Outside, there is a warming shelter with a fire pit, and an expansive patio with a barbecue and custom precast fire pit.

AP|Rushforth was brought in by Nash Cascadia Verde LLC early in the design phase to provide budget and constructability reviews.

Some of the unique features of the project include radiant in-floor heating and cooling, electrically operated windows, a living “green wall,” stained concrete floors and colored concrete sidewalks, and custom artist-designed boulder cairns.

One of the challenges was staining and polishing the concrete floor. AP|Rushforth protected the floor from scarring by installing half-inch OSB sheathing as a protective layer secured by 1-by-3-inch gang nails at all sheet corners. This allowed the layer to float on top of the slab but not move as scissor lifts maneuvered throughout the building. The protective layer also allowed the slab to cure very slowly, thereby eliminating shrinkage cracking.

The AP|Rushforth crew also provided finish carpentry and installed site retaining walls, doors, hardware, bathroom accessories and winter weather protection.

AP|Rushforth’s safety culture is deeply ingrained in all work practices and each job site has site-specific safety plans for its crews as well as all subcontractors. In the 14,920 hours worked on the Post at Tehaleh there were no time-loss incidents.


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