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May 10, 2019
Synergy Construction, Inc.
Owner: Bayside Communities
Architect: Rolluda Architects
Synergy Construction, Inc. was awarded an Excellence in Construction Award in the Tenant Improvement/Renovation $10 million to $100 million category for their work on Evergreen Village, in Olympia. Evergreen Village is an affordable housing community that serves senior and disabled persons.
This 150,000 square-foot, lump sum project included renovation of 180 units in 40 separate buildings, and took 13 months to complete. The scope of work involved dry rot repair, mold remediation, replacement of exterior siding and roofing, window replacement, modification of several units to meet ADA requirements, an upgraded fire alarm system, mechanical and electrical upgrades and new interior finishes. Five ABC members helped make this project a success: Ahlers, Cressman & Sleight, PLLC, Propel Insurance, Safety Matters, Viewpoint / Dexter Cheney, and Construction Industry Training Council (CITC).
Inflexible schedules and financing from low-income housing tax credits created nuanced challenges to this project. Keeping a strict schedule was crucial to maintaining state funding and minimizing the amount of time tenants needed to stay in hotels. To overcome this challenge, they rehabilitated the buildings two at a time, in a staggered format, with a one-week overlap. This gave the crew 12 calendar days to completely turn a building around. The crew persevered by working weekends in order to ensure that deadlines were met.
Synergy Construction was able to maintain an excellent safety record. Out of 26,838 man hours recorded, there were no OSHA-recordable cases of injury that required days away from work, or required job transfer or restriction.