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April 14, 2020

Synergy projects grab 2 national ABC awards

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Fox & Finch has 49 market-rate apartments.

For the Evergreen Village renovation, a strict schedule was crucial to maintaining state funding and minimizing the amount of time tenants needed to stay in hotels.

Synergy Construction of Woodinville recently won two national awards from the Associated Builders & Contractors.

Synergy won the Eagle Award for general contractors in the Residential Multifamily and Condominium category for the Fox & Finch Apartments in Seattle; and the Pyramid Award for general contractors in the Renovation $5 million-$15 million category for the Evergreen Village project in Olympia.

Both projects won chapter awards last year.

Fox & Finch is a seven-story, 53,350-square-foot mixed-use project that has 49 market-rate apartments, a community lounge called the Fox's Lair and a rooftop garden lounge called the Finch's Perch, complete with barbecue grill space and a dog relief area.

The project required extensive re-shoring 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 drilled and installed on a zero-lot line.

Synergy 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 to complete project elements ahead of schedule even during the wettest part of the year.

Wilshire Capital is the owner, VIA Architecture was the architect and Yu & Trochalakis was the structural engineer.

Evergreen Village is an affordable housing community that serves senior and disabled persons.

This 150,000-square-foot 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.

Synergy kept a strict construction schedule to maintain state funding and minimize the amount of time tenants needed to stay in hotels. To overcome this challenge, the contractor 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 also worked weekends to meet deadlines.

Bayside Communities is the owner and Rolluda Architects was the designer.

Both projects had no OSHA-recordable injuries that required days away from work, or required job transfer or restriction.

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