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May 11, 2018

Commercial Construction
$10 million-$25 million

Photo from ABC of Western Washington
There is little space between Lillehammer Apartments and adjacent properties.

Lillehammer Apartments
Redhawk Group

Architect: Caron Architecture

Engineer: Frank Co.

Owner: Gramor Development

ABC members: Ketchikan Drywall; Premier Builders; General Storefronts; RC Painting & Sons; HUB International NW; Oles Morrison Rinker Baker

Lillehammer Apartments is a new building containing 89 housing units, five live/work units and two commercial/office spaces. It is less than two miles from the Ballard Avenue Landmark District in Seattle.

The scope involved construction of a 70,000-square-foot building with bright yellows and blues that hark back to the neighborhood’s Scandinavian roots. It took about 18 months to finish.

In addition to dealing with the increasingly common challenge of working with neighbors who were unhappy with the presence of apartments in a traditionally single-family neighborhood, Redhawk Group also dealt with a narrow margin between the building’s property and adjacent properties, as well as other general space limitations and minor traffic interruptions.

Redhawk was able to overcome these challenges by coordinating with neighbors, keeping the site clean and tidy, planning ahead for limited delivery schedules, and coming up with a creative use of scaffolding to move materials to higher floors without the aid of a crane, which would have required room that was not available.

Of the 39,487 labor hours recorded for the project, there were zero OSHA-recordable cases of injury that required days away from work, nor were there any instances that required job transfer or restriction.

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