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May 12, 2016

Commercial Construction ($1 million to $5 million)

Photo from Donovan Brothers
Buildings at Cedar River Station have a variety of exterior finishes.


Cedar River Station
Donovan Brothers

Architect: Freiheit & Ho Architects

Engineers: Shutler Consulting Engineers; ESM Consulting Engineers

Owner: Cedar River Station LLC

ABC members: Heiberg Inc.; Kirby Electric; Specialized Landscaping; Tony Lind Paving; Washington Commercial Painters; Parker Smith & Feek


Cedar River Station brings a much-needed retail center to Highway 169 in Renton. The owners initially planned to self-perform the work, but when issues arose with the earthwork contractor they hired Donovan Brothers to finish the utilities, complete the buildings, and pave and landscape the site.

Beginning with half-completed utility work was a challenge since the as-built drawings were unavailable. After assessing the situation and meeting with local water and sewer departments, Donovan Brothers discovered that utilities had been set in the wrong elevations — necessitating removal and re-installation of all the affected areas and installation of new storm lines.

To mitigate unsuitable soils and reduce the amount of imported materials, Donovan Brothers installed a cement-treated base throughout the parking areas. The base allowed work to proceed during the rainy winter months and resulted in a strong subsurface for subsequent paving.

The project is on the corner of Renton-Maple Valley Road and 152nd Street, across the street from New Life Church and its elementary school. Traffic is heavy at times during the day, so special consideration was taken to keep traffic flowing and ensure safety. Donovan Brothers coordinated deliveries with the school’s facilities manager to minimize disruption to the school’s schedule and avoid peak traffic times.

The project has three 7,000-square-foot retail buildings made of CMU and steel with TPO roofs and a variety of exterior finishes. The storefronts use energy-efficient glazing, composite wood siding, metal siding, EFS and sealed integral color CMU. They have a mixture of flat steel canopies and sloped fabric awnings to add variety.

Tenants include Starbucks, NYP Bar & Grill, and chiropractic and dental offices.

With effective planning, communication and scheduling, the project came in on-time and within budget. There were no time-loss or medical injuries during the 6,020 hours worked.





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