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May 23, 2013

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

Photo courtesy of W.G. Clark Construction [enlarge]
The W.G. Clark team simplified the window systems at Elm Hall to make them less costly for UW.

University of Washington Elm Hall

Location: Seattle

General contractor: W.G. Clark Construction

Owner/developer: University of Washington

Primary designer: Mahlum Architects

Elm Hall is part of a multibuilding contract to construct student housing at the University of Washington.

Technology enabled the W.G. Clark team to quickly solve constructability challenges and avoid unanticipated impacts to other systems. This process drove innovation while helping to manage the university’s risk and cost.

For example, the W.G. Clark’s experienced in-house carpenters applied their years of field knowledge to new technology and created 3-D models to synchronize their work process with the rest of construction. This enabled the team to find sequencing efficiencies while improving overall constructability.

Plus, the team created unique window systems that could have been expensive to manufacture and install. The W.G. Clark team provided constructability analysis to simplify the systems, making them efficient and cost-effective for the university.

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