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May 26, 2017

Public building
$5 million-$20 million

Photos by Michael Walmsley
Walsh completed the 70-unit housing project a month ahead of schedule.

Abbey Lincoln Court

Location: Seattle

General contractor: Walsh Construction Co.

Owner/developer: Low Income Housing Institute

Primary designer: Runberg Architecture Group

Abbey Lincoln Court is a six-story, 70-unit workforce housing project in Seattle’s Central District.

Nathan Connaway, superintendent for Walsh Construction, introduced lean practices that greatly improved productivity and participation. Connaway implemented brief morning meetings and a visual board which, as a result, saved a considerable amount of time and removed the need for lengthy and inconvenient traditional weekly subcontractor meetings.

Walsh worked with the project team to achieve goals for energy efficiency and resident comfort, providing full preconstruction services, including estimating, value engineering and document-review coordination.

Early and careful planning involved analyzing potential impacts to the neighborhood and the seniors living adjacent to the site, which minimized and eliminated disruptions. This was a necessary step as the scope of work included the creation of new common areas that would be shared between Abbey Lincoln Court and its companion building, Ernestine Anderson Place, located within a few feet of the new footprint.

Abbey Lincoln court was completed a month ahead of schedule and within the owner’s budget.

“The Low Income Housing Institute, sponsor and owner of Abbey Lincoln Court, experienced the fastest lease up of units in the 21-year history of LIHI’s building affordable housing,” said LIHI housing director Robin Amadon.

She said “this quality built and beautiful building spoke to the market place and attracted record numbers of residents eager to live in this quality Walsh-built development.”

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