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May 23, 2013

Construction Award -- Private building
$25 million-$50 million

Photo courtesy of Exxel Pacific [enlarge]
Exxel Pacific completed Alto apartments two months ahead of schedule.

Alto

Location: Seattle

General contractor: Exxel Pacific

Owner/developer: Harbor Urban

Primary designer: Hewitt

This apartment tower site contained contaminated soils, which added to the complexity of the 35-foot-deep excavation on a small, 11,600-square-foot lot.

All work associated with the soil-nail shoring system and excavation required crew members that were trained in hazardous waste operations and emergency response. Plus, with access for load-out limited to a narrow alley, the Exxel Pacific team performed the final soil classifications at the disposal site. This allowed a steady flow of excavation-material removal and prevented delays.

Because this project was one of the first multifamily projects to get under way following the recession, the budget was a higher-than-normal priority given the risks associated with starting ahead of a stable economic recovery.

The Exxel Pacific team met the client’s budget goals and completed the project two months ahead of schedule, meaning significant savings and an earlier-than-expected revenue stream for the owner.


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