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May 10, 2019

ABC Awards -- Tenant Improvement/Renovation
(Less Than $4 Million)

Photo from Synergy Construction
The Farms & Market tenant improvement project consists of several individually designated vendor spaces where locally farmed, brewed, and hand-crafted products are sold directly to customers.

Synergy Construction, Inc.
Farms & Market TI

Owner: Farms & Market

Architect: 2812 Architecture

Synergy Construction, Inc. was awarded an Excellence in Construction Award in the Tenant Improvement/Renovation Less Than $4 million category for their work on Farms & Market, in Everett. Farms & Market consists of several individually-designated vendor spaces where locally farmed, brewed, and hand-crafted products are sold directly to customers.

This 17,000 square-foot lump sum project took just under six months to complete and included the development of a commercial prep kitchen, grocery store, and restaurant in addition to local farm vendor spaces. Out of 30 subcontractor bids, five ABC members were chosen on merit to participate in this project: Alhers, Cressman & Sleight, PLLC, Propel Insurance, Safety Matters, Viewpoint/Dexter Cheney, and Construction Industry Training Council (CITC).

The project began with the unexpected removal of debris and extensive repairs since the space was left unfinished and vacant for nearly three years. This delay meant that Synergy had to begin work in a space that was surrounded by commercial retail and living space that was already open to the public. Synergy overcame this obstacle by working closely with building management in order to ensure public safety during the various phases of construction.

Another obstacle involved a change in code requirements surrounding fire suppression in Type 1 commercial hoods and design-build plumbing for kitchen waste lines. This prompted the relocation and capping of installed waste lines that ran through the post-tensioned slab, using x-ray imagery. Integral fire suppression and back check valves also had to be installed at each location for the Type 1 hoods. Synergy overcame these obstacles and completed the project on time and within the budget.

In addition to staying within parameters and working in an area that was near public and residential areas, Synergy completed Farms & Market without incident. Out of 431 man-hours recorded, there were no OSHA-recordable cases of injury that required days away from work or required job transfer or restriction.

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