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May 5, 2017

Commercial Construction over $10 million

Photo by David Paul Bayles
Construction took place during the height of the building boom, putting high demand on subcontractors.

Northgate Hampton Inn & Suites
Redhawk Group

Architect: Jensen/Fey Architecture & Planning

Engineers:Frank Co. Structural Engineering; Blueline Group; Abossein Engineering

Landscape architect: Thomas Rengstorf & Associates

Owner: Northgate Lodging LLP (Gramor Development Washington)

ABC members: Advanced Interiors; Electri-City; Premier Builders; Sound Glass; United Systems Mechanical

Gramor Development Washington hired Redhawk Group to build the six-story, 167-room Hampton Inn & Suites hotel in the Northgate area. Construction began in May 2015 at the height of Seattle building boom, putting a great deal of demand on subcontractors.

Redhawk worked with the design team, management, ownership and the subcontractors to develop a plan to overcome issues and schedule crunches in order to meet the project deadline.

Another major challenge was coordination with the massive Sound Transit tunneling project across the street. Through multiple meetings, Redhawk, Sound Transit and the city of Seattle determined how they would approach construction to have the least impact on the neighborhood. Coordination of the traffic control and right of way revisions and restrictions were reviewed almost daily. Truck deliveries were managed to avoid a backup of construction vehicles on the arterial roadway or disruption of transit buses that use First Avenue Northeast.

Redhawk worked closely with the design team through the staged permitting to address questions of ongoing design and constructability to stay on top of the process.

The hotel has a mix of king, double queens, king studios and handicap-accessible rooms. The first floor includes the lobby, a market, banquet and dining areas, meeting rooms, a fitness center, and a pool and spa. The site has an urban garden.

As the project neared completion, Redhawk coordinated with the owners, the Hilton brand, the hotel operator and the furniture/fixture/equipment vendors to ensure their safe on-site presence while completing final building inspections, punch list work and final cleaning.

The project was completed on time for the scheduled opening on Nov. 30, 2016. There were two minor injuries in the 30,513 total hours worked.

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