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April 5, 2019

Interior/Residential • Washington

Photo by Nicolas Gerlach
At the University of Washington’s McCarthy and Madrona halls, Mehrer Drywall had 1.7 million square feet of drywall to hang, tape and texture.

University of Washington North Campus Housing/McCarthy and Madrona Halls

Location: Seattle

Contractor: Mehrer Drywall

Architect: Kieran Timberlake

Team: Award Metals, CertainTeed Gypsum, Fry Reglet, Georgia-Pacific, GTS Interior Supply, Hamilton Drywall Products, HILTI, Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel, Steeler, USG Building Systems

The University of Washington North Campus Housing job contains three separate buildings: McCarty Hall, Madrona Hall and Willow Hall. Mehrer Drywall did the interior drywall on McCarty and Madrona halls.

These buildings were built in Phase 4a of the university’s phased plan to reconstruct its student housing.

McCarty Hall was built with 341 units to house 918 students. Madrona was built with 230 units to house 505 students. Willow was built with 221 units to house 539 students, plus full food service and dining for 2,000 people.

These jobs were bid at a time when subcontractors were hard to find. Mehrer Drywall bid the drywall job twice against three competitors and was awarded the contract in June 2017, with an anticipated opening by the 2018 school year.

Drywall was scheduled to start in October 2017 but due to the lack of manpower on the part of other trades, Mehrer didn’t get going until November, with 1.7 million square feet of drywall to hang, tape and texture in four weeks less than what was scheduled at the contract award.

Due to W.G. Clark’s ability to organize a job of this size, the team accomplished this task without using an abundance of overtime. Mehrer spent only 1.8 percent of its time working within premium pay. It also allowed every subcontractor to have their space to work onsite without trade stacking.

Mehrer finished on time and under budget.

Juror's comment: “Excellent project, with props for scheduling so efficiently.”

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