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May 11, 2018

Commercial Construction
$5 million-$10 million

Photo from ABC of Western Washington
Designs were changed during construction, resulting in one building increasing in height to four stories.

Raceway Heated Storage
Donovan Brothers

Architect: The Ronhovde Architects

Engineer: Barghausen Consulting Engineers

Owner: Highlands at Cedar Downs LLC

ABC members: Parker Smith & Feek; Evergreen Refrigeration; Kirby Electric


Raceway Heated Storage is a four-building self-storage complex in Auburn featuring a replica of Herbie the Love Bug car atop the manager’s office, as well as a checked flag-patterned tower.

This 108,885-square-foot, 17-month project involved construction of four storage buildings, a manager/sales office and a retention pond.

A combination of one of the wettest winters on record, the six-acre site’s slope, and soil composed of glacial till and silty sand made conditions unsuitable for work to begin. This required importing a large amount of soil to the site, along with the installation of quarry spall roadways, and substantial erosion control measures.

Another challenge Donovan Brothers faced was significant changes to the original design after discovering that the property’s easement required that all storage buildings shrink by 10 feet. This forced the client to increase the height of one of the buildings from two stories to four stories in order to make up for lost rental space prompted by the easement.

To ensure timely completion, Donovan phased the project and changed the order in which it constructed the buildings so that the building with the height change was constructed last.

Of the 11,150 labor hours recorded for this project, there were zero OSHA-recordable cases of injury that required days away from work, nor were there any instances that required job transfer or restriction.


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