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May 10, 2019
SKIS Painting, Inc.
The Axle Interbay
Owner: LMV Interbay Holdings
Architect: Encore Architects
Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
SKIS Painting, Inc. was awarded an Excellence in Construction award in the Other Specialty Construction: Commercial Less Than $5 million category, for their work on The Axle in Seattle. The Axle is an apartment living community located in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood, that consists of 226 units ranging from studios to two-bedroom townhomes.
This lump sum, 776,637-square-foot, full interior and exterior new construction job, took just over one year to complete. The full scope involved painting of the full interior and exterior of the building and living units as well as supplying and installing wallcoverings. Painting areas also included a full amenities space, exercise facilities, elevator lobbies, tenant lounge, dog washing room, bike locker, mail room, manager living quarters, leasing offices, two stairwells and a large lobby. The project was completed at the LEED Gold certification standard.
SKIS truly challenged itself to meet and exceed standards for exceptional quality as well as serving as the industry expert by recommending necessary changes to paint and trim packages in select areas, ultimately contributing to a higher quality finished product.
The greatest challenges that SKIS faced were several significant changes in scope. The greatest of these modifications included: repainting all 226-unit entry doors to a new, darker color, painting baseboards in all the unit bathrooms and accents added in many of the elevator lobby areas. Most of these modifications occurred toward the end of the project when most of the crews were committed elsewhere. However, SKIS was still able to increase onsite staff, maintain quality and plan around other contractor work and associated costs.