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May 31, 2018

Private Building
$2 million-$5 million

Photo provided by Washington Patriot Construction
Washington Patriot overcome a challenging schedule to complete a 10,000-square-foot cafe renovation.

Cafe Refresh

Location: Seattle

General contractor: Washington Patriot Construction

Owner/developer: Corporate client

Primary designer: Helix Design Group

The Cafe Refresh project consisted of renovations to 10,000 square feet of space to increase the size, modernize equipment and upgrade finishes at the customer's cafe.

The scope of work included removal of the existing slab on grade, new below-grade plumbing, seeded aggregate concrete floors, over $1 million in new kitchen equipment and finishes throughout, including specialty casework and a full commercial kitchen.

The project was broken into two phases to allow for temporary food service in one corner while the kitchen and cafeteria were remodeled.

The first phase was completed in four months, which was a scheduling challenge given the amount of work that needed to take place in a small area, from slab removal, underground, new slabs, new walls, rough-in and specialty finishes. Washington Patriot coordinated the work to accommodate occupancy requirements during construction and coordinated the schedule to minimize impacts and facilitate ongoing operations.

Washington Patriot communicated project updates to the team by developing graphic phasing maps, work plans and tracking maps. Because the work was performed in an occupied facility, Washington Patriot emphasized the importance of being able to clearly convey where current and upcoming work would be taking place, as well as show progress and status of each phase so the owner team and occupants of the facility could plan accordingly.

These graphic aids were great communication tools, and enhanced the experience for the building occupants, as it allowed them to get a big-picture overview of what was going on.

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