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May 12, 2016

Mixed-Use Construction

Image from Gramor Development
The Vibe has modern textures on its exterior.

Vibe Fremont Apartments
Redhawk Group

Architect: Caron Architecture

Civil engineer: Blueline

Structural engineer: Frank Co.

Mechanical engineer: CEGG Engineering

Landscape architect: Karen Kiest Landscape Architects

Owner: 36 Fremont Green LLC

ABC members: Advanced Interiors; Premier Builders; RC Painting & Sons; Unity Electric; VanWell Masonry; Waeco Construction

The 64-unit Vibe apartments is one of several collaborations between Redhawk and Gramor Development. Located in Seattle’s lively Fremont district, the apartments sit atop 3,500 square feet of commercial space, two residential units, one live-work unit and parking for 16 cars.

Vibe’s design incorporates wood car decking reclaimed from the original structure throughout the interior. The exterior showcases a mixture of modern textures and vibrant colors.

Vibe’s location next to the George & Dragon Pub, a popular soccer bar, complicated construction as the neighborhood is very dense and has lots of local and through traffic. In order to keep fans safe, the project start was pushed to avoid colliding with the FIFA World Cup in July 2014. During construction, Redhawk kept an open dialogue with the neighbors to ensure safety for all.

Another difficulty was building on a zero-lot line. The west side of the property was adjacent to the pub, so Redhawk installed tilt walls from the east side of the building. Since tilting the walls required a large crane that would disrupt traffic, the walls were finished prior to tilting, and construction was sequenced so that the west elevation was sided and painted on the deck before the walls were put up.

Traffic at the corner of North 36th Street and Greenwood Avenue North, both busy arterials, meant that Redhawk was not permitted to close any lanes, leaving only the sidewalk for laydown and the parking lane for safe pedestrian passage.

Despite the challenges, the project was completed ahead of schedule. There were no time-loss or medical injuries during the 10,209 hours worked.

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