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May 15, 2015

Construction Award • Public Building
$10 million-$25 million

Photo courtesy of Walsh Construction
12th Avenue Arts houses retail, offices, two theaters, 88 apartments and police parking.

12th Avenue Arts

Location: Seattle

General contractor: Walsh Construction

Owner/developer: Capitol Hill Housing

Primary designer: SMR Architects

The 12th Avenue Arts project combines affordable housing, theater space, offices and retail into a unique, six-story environment.

The building is also the headquarters of its owner, Capitol Hill Housing (CHH), and houses 2.5 levels of underground parking for the Seattle Police Department.

The project’s principal challenge was efficiently incorporating several types of construction under one roof. Walsh Construction worked with CHH, retailers, office-space owners, two theater groups, the affordable-housing manager and the SPD to coordinate construction schedules efficiently and to everyone’s satisfaction. Walsh built to different construction requirements for each of the different components, all seamlessly integrating into one beautifully functional building.

The building was also a zero-lot-line project, so the main daily focus was neighborhood safety. Walsh coordinated weekly safety meetings to review potential impacts on neighborhood activity and the protection of surrounding areas, and created a monthly newsletter to keep neighbors apprised of key construction activities. The project achieved an OSHA recordable-incident rate of zero, with no lost-time accidents over more than 59,000 worker hours.

CHH representative Lee Stanton noted, “We needed a firm with the capacity to handle the project’s complexity, experience with the different building types, and the understanding of what was involved with the many stakeholders. Walsh was exactly the right contractor… a deeply knowledgeable and creative construction team that worked through challenging construction sequencing without allowing delays or sacrificing quality… all with teamwork, grace and an unflagging sense of humor.”

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