Tenant improvement/remodel
Under $5 million

Tree House

General contractor: J.R. Abbott Construction
Owner/developer: MultiCare
Architect: BCRA
Contract amount: $1.7 million

Photo courtesy of J.R. Abbott Construction
J.R. Abbott Construction and its subcontractors contributed $300,000 worth of construction discounts and donations to convert an apartment building into housing for families of hospital patients.

J.R. Abbott Construction converted a 1930s four-story brick apartment building into housing for families of patients at Tacoma General Hospital and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.

Perhaps the most remarkable feature of this project was its funding. Tree House -- its name stems from the “Festival of Trees” fundraising effort — was funded solely by donations. Abbott was a leader in this effort, and the firm and subs provided $300,000 worth of construction discounts and donations. Savings were funneled back into the project, making it possible for Tree House to purchase better furnishings and more artwork.

Abbott effectively tackled many construction challenges posed by restoring such an old building. The team also implemented several value engineering ideas that added more scope for little or no cost.

“Despite the construction surprises, the project was under budget and on time, which is a testament to Abbott’s utilization of resources and creative decision making,” the client said.

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