Public building
Over $5 million

Bachelor enlisted quarters
and parking garage

Location: Bremerton
General contractor: Absher Construction Co.
Project: Bachelor enlisted quarters and parking garage
Owner/developer: U.S. Navy
Architect: Tetra Tech
Engineers: Reid Middleton, MacDonald-Miller, Wood Harbinger Contract amount: $76 million

Photo courtesy of Absher Construction
Absher’s design-build team had to quickly redesign the enlisted quarters at Navel Base Kitsap to compensate for soils that had a lower load-bearing capacity than expected.

Among the challenges Absher Construction faced while preparing to build the enlisted quarters and parking garage at Naval Base Kitsap was some bad news about the soil: Its bearing capacity was less than anticipated.

Absher’s design-build team quickly redesigned the eight-story, 210,000-square-foot structure to compensate, and increased the capacity of the soils under the 10-story, 300,000-square-foot garage using geopiers.

Responding to the Navy’s environmental concerns, the Absher team devised a retention system that allowed no stormwater to leave the site. Absher also exceeded the Navy’s expectations by picking up enough LEED credits to apply for a gold rating, rather than a silver.

Finally, Absher’s comprehensive safety efforts achieved zero time-loss in 421,000 man-hours of work. This earned Absher the Navy’s Commanding Officer’s Safety Award; the client remarked that Absher’s safety program “was nothing less than brilliant.”

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