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May 10, 2019

ABC Awards -- Multi-Family Construction ($10 million to $25 million)

Photo from Synergy Construction
Fox & Finch required extensive reshoring prior to demolition to preserve basement walls for the housing project.

Synergy Construction, Inc.
Fox & Finch

Owner: Wilshire Capital

Architect: VIA Architecture

Engineer: Yu & Trochalakis, PLLC

Synergy Construction, Inc. was awarded an Excellence in Construction Award in the Multi-Family Construction Category: $10 million to $25 million for their work on Fox & Finch in Seattle. This seven-story, mixed-use new construction Market Rate Housing project includes 49 apartment units, a community lounge called the Fox’s Lair and a rooftop garden lounge called the Finch’s Perch, complete with a BBQ grill space and a dog relief area.

At 53,350 square feet, this 14-month, lump sum project is in the bustling South Lake Union neighborhood. The following six ABC members were chosen on merit to participate on this project: Ahlers, Cressman & Sleight, PLLC, Propel Insurance, Safety Matters, Viewpoint / Dexter Cheney, Schmitz & Associates, PS, and the Construction Industry Training Council (CITC).

Like any construction project in the heavily-congested Seattle area, this project was not without challenges. Extensive reshoring was required prior to demolition to preserve basement walls. This was accomplished by lowering steel rake beams through a saw cut in the floor of the existing building and then lifting them into place with an excavator. Following completion of the demolition, 70 piles were also drilled and installed on a zero-lot line which is an impressive feat considering the building’s prime and heavily crowded location.

Synergy overcame these obstacles through constant communication with neighboring properties and coordination with the city of Seattle. They also developed an intricate schedule sequence that allowed each subcontractor to work more efficiently by having their own floor to work on at a time. This allowed them complete project elements ahead of schedule even during the wettest season of the year.

Synergy completed this project without incident. Out of 25,675 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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