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September 27, 2019

Mid-rise structures (nonresidential)

Photo by Tim Rice
Concrete columns were sloped to match the plane of the exterior enclosure.

Building Cure

Location: Seattle

Owner: Seattle Children's Research Institute

Team: Lease Crutcher Lewis, general and concrete contractor; Aedas, architect; KPFF Consulting Engineers, structural engineer; Stoneway Concrete, ready-mix supplier

At the 13-story Building Cure, Seattle Children's Research Institute will develop cures to childhood diseases and provide cutting-edge cell therapy to cure 1,000 child cancer patients per year.

The team's goals for 63,000 cubic yards of mild-reinforced structural and architectural concrete were far-reaching — continuously placed obround columns up to 39 feet, columns that sloped to match the plane of the exterior enclosure, suspended flat slabs, vibration isolation, seamless joints, transfer beams, unique radii, one of Seattle's steepest speed ramps and very high finish standards with no sacking.

Lease Crutcher Lewis' in-house concrete team — along with McClone (horizontal formwork), EFCO (core/column formwork), Pacer Steel (rebar), Stoneway Concrete (ready-mix) and Brundage Bone (pumping) — built outstanding quality, saved the client money on the core/column/decks and finished the structure ahead of schedule.

Cost and schedule were priorities, since every dollar or day saved would help cure childhood disease.

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