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May 16, 2014

Construction Award -- Private building
Over $100 million

Photo courtesy of Tim Rice Photography
Lewis set aggressive time and cost goals for Via6, saving more than $1 million for self-performed work.


Location: Seattle

General contractor: Lease Crutcher Lewis

Owner/developer: Pine Street Group

Primary designer: GGLO

Lewis completed Seattle’s largest-ever single-phase apartment project on time and under budget. The Via6 complex has two 24-story towers,18,000 square feet of street-level retail and below-grade parking for 434 vehicles.

The project was put on hold during the market slowdown so it was important to substantially reduce the budget to meet the new pro forma.

Lewis chose to be aggressive in the guaranteed price, and improved their anticipated labor productivities for self-performed work by more than 10 percent from any previous Lewis project — a reduction of over 20,000 hours. An aggressive subcontractor market also helped Lewis to meet the owner’s target budget, but also meant that extremely aggressive targets for direct labor needed to be met.

Lewis beat their aggressive labor rates by 10 to 15 percent, saving more than $1 million on self-performed work.

The project included more than 50 subcontractors and over 226,000 worker hours, and incurred zero time-loss injuries. The project is certified LEED gold.

According to owner consultant Chris Raftery, “(Via6) is one of the best planned and well-run construction projects that I have seen.”

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