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May 11, 2018

Multifamily Construction
$25 million-$100 million

Photo from ABC of Western Washington
Adjacent structures were built up to the property line, restricting access and the ability to move equipment.

The Eddy at Green Lake Village
Rafn Co.

Architect: Baylis Architects

Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen

Owner: Vitamilk South LLC

ABC members: Evergreen Refrigeration; Rainbow Federal;

Village Framers Corp.


The Eddy at Greenlake Village sits at the corner of Northeast 71st Street and Fifth Avenue Northeast in Seattle. It has 130 market-rate apartments over street-level retail and two underground parking levels.

Rafn Co. built the 163,464-square-foot Eddy in 22 months with five floors of wood frame construction over concrete.

Resident amenities include a lounge, clubroom, business space with conference room, indoor bicycle storage, a pet wash, rooftop deck, and an outdoor pet run on the fourth floor. A through-block pedestrian connection links 70th and 71st streets.

Retail is anchored by a 14,600-square-foot Bartell Drugs with a craft beer growler station and an old-school soda fountain.

Rafn used 3-D modeling to plan around site constraints, including power lines that couldn’t be moved and a bus line on one side of the building that restricted deliveries. Rafn also used 3-D modeling to review excavation impacts and help the client visualize various interior wall heights within the units.

Challenges included a high water table, which required additional shoring and extensive dewatering to construct the parking garage. Rafn was able to save the client future maintenance costs by changing the water detention method from a pumped system to a gravity system.

Another issue was contaminated soil that needed to be removed during excavation. Also, adjacent structures were built all the way up to the property line, restricting access and the ability of subcontractors to move equipment around safely.

Of the 35,987.5 hours worked on this project, there were zero cases which required days away from work.


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